Sue Kenyon is a founding member of the Directorate of the Professional Association of Catering Education (PACE). PACE rebranded from the National Heads of Catering (NATHOC) in 2003. She has continued to be an active Executive Director ever since. In 2014, Sue took on the additional role of Company Secretary.
Sue has been in the Hospitality Industry for over 40 years, starting in the Hotel and the Industrial sectors in Yorkshire, where she worked in a variety of hotels on both sides of the hotplate and ventured into industrial catering as a Chef Manager, then Catering Manager. Sue then crossed the Pennies and took up further management roles, before venturing into Further Education as a lecturer at Tameside College. During her time at Tameside, Sue was appointed to the position of Curriculum Manager for Hospitality and Catering, followed by appointment as Head of School for Food, Hospitality Management and Travel, managing the curriculum from School Links and Level 1, through to Hospitality Management HND. During this time Sue attained a Bachelor of Education (Honours) and a Masters of Education (Managing the Curriculum) at Manchester Victoria University.
Sue joined Stockport College as Curriculum and Quality Manager with responsibility for a range of disciplines before joining the Audit & Compliance Unit, whilst retaining very close links with the Hospitality Department as a mentor and guest lecturer.
Sue joined the Association Culinaire Francaise (ACF) in 1995, becoming a committee member in the North West Region in 2001. She was awarded the Palmes Culinaire in 2005 and in 2008 became Secretary for the North West Branch. Sue became the President of the North West Branch in April 2012, the first female to hold this title, both regionally, and nationally. In 2017, Sue received the honour of being invested as a Disciple d’Auguste Escoffier. In 2023 Sue was awarded the honour of Maitrisse Escoffier.
Within her PACE and ACF roles, Sue works closely with industry partners and colleges promoting Hospitality and Catering as a worthy career choice, and organising networking and CPD events, in addition to competition opportunities for students.