Sodexo has appointed Deborah Rowland as director of public sector affairs to enhance its relationship within the UK and Ireland public sector.

Sodexo operates in both central and local government delivering services that increase employee engagement, wellbeing, and productivity in the public sector to help support government to deliver on its promised outcomes while reducing costs.

With around half of its UK and Ireland business serving the public sector this is a key area of growth for Sodexo. In her new role Deborah will also chair the organisation’s public sector board and work closely with Sodexo’s global justice services team to develop its strategy.

Deborah joins Sodexo from the Ministry of Justice where she was responsible for facilities management for the justice, home office and crown prosecution services estates.  She has previously worked for the Cabinet Office where she was responsible for delivering the FM strategy for £3.2bn spend per annum, across the entire central government estate and aligning construction and facilities operations through the development of the government soft landings policy.

Sean Haley, regional chairman, Sodexo UK & Ireland says: “As we look to grow our business, it’s critical we understand the challenges our clients face, Deborah has significant experience in facilities management in the public sector and with this experience and her expertise, I am confident that Deborah will be a great asset to our senior management team and will help us strengthen our relationship with government and the public sector.”

Deborah commented, “I am delighted to have joined Sodexo which is a great FM brand. I am looking forward to utilising my public sector knowledge in helping the organisation develop its strategy and offering in this area.”

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