Meet the team - David Bate

david-3David Bate (FHCIMA, MCIM, MIOD).

His experience spans 30 years in the catering and vending industry. The positions he has held included: Managing Director of Sutcliffe Catering West, Managing Director of the Royal Mail’s first joint venture – Quadrant Catering (Catering at 460 restaurants and Vending services at another 2,800 locations) and later becoming Managing Director of Selecta UK, at that time the largest Vending company in the UK and Europe with some 420 clients servicing over 28,000 vending machines.

David was at that time also on the UK & Ireland’s Main Board, of the World’s largest Foodservices Organisation – Compass Group.

David has dealt with many organisations in the Private and Public sectors in the UK and Ireland and has also been involved in pan European business and the North American catering and vending markets.

The rounded experience he has gained from the insight into literally hundreds of businesses, coupled with his knowledge of many National and Regional operating companies and a passion for excellent customer service, enables him to create unique solutions for clients.

He prides himself on being able to ensure that the right supplier is chosen from within the vending industry to deliver the expected outcome for clients and consumers. He achieves results by developing an in depth understanding and relationship with a client organisation and then overseeing the delivery to clients of exceptional customer service.

David instinctively knows how service contracts can be best organised and run successfully to everyone’s mutual benefit. In short, David’s knowledge of how a vending service should perform ensures that Thirst Link clients receive a level of service and customer focus that exceeds their expectations.