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am now over halfway through the second year of my term as president of FCSI Worldwide, and I am enjoying leading the Society into new areas. Change is never easy, but the economic strength we are building at the heart of FCSI is enabling us to look at more exciting and diverse projects, marketing materials and events. I still believe that a world of opportunity lies ahead for FCSI and all it stands for. We are strengthening our position and our management to support this growth. My recent trip to Hong Kong for the

HOFEX Show brought into sharp focus the massive potential that exists for FCSI in the Asia Pacifi c Division (APD). It also reminded me of the vast geographical area that needs to be covered by the APD team. I have always been impressed by the level of personal commitment our APD colleagues make and we are now making plans to support them via the other divisions to release this growth potential.


I am proud of the support network that we have within FCSI, but we can always do more to help our colleagues across the world. The Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) Division continues to grow, while also facing the inevitable challenges that exist due to having so many local units as members under one division. But again, the Board of Trustees for EAME is working hard to develop these opportunities as well as FCSI’s brand presence in the region. Finally, I’m delighted to see that

The Americas Division (TAD) of FCSI continues to go from strength to strength with the increasing business confi dence in the division. These are exciting times for both TAD and the rest of FCSI internationally. Whilst there have been challenges in

2015, the outlook for 2016 looks very strong. We are still learning, but the journey is an exciting one. I hope you enjoy the latest edition of our excellent, award-winning magazine.

The greatest challenge in the FCSI Asia Pacifi c Division (APD) is to increase the engagement and participation of members in the Society. Without exception, we are all very busy people – growing our businesses, focussing on current projects, maintaining the pipeline of prospective projects, balancing travel, meetings and desk time – and more importantly, trying to maintain a work life and family balance. The range of business models


Asia Pacifi c Division, FCSI Worldwide Board Director

across our division is vast – whether you are a solo consultant or supplier working across a small or large demographic area, be it a city, a state or a country; part of a larger team



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with the same market; or perhaps part of a larger global organisation providing consultancy across the entire Asia Pacifi c Division. As people migrate around the Asia

Pacifi c region – so too does the culture that drives the food trends. Keeping up is becoming increasingly demanding for our members – consultants in Australia and New Zealand are delivering a broad range of exciting Asian and Indian concepts across all market sectors, and above the horizon the market is moving at an unbelievable rate as the broader Asian and Indian markets demand Western Food concepts. As I continue to emphasise – the Foodservice Consultant

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challenge to motivate the APD consultant membership remains signifi cant, and the need to encourage contribution and participation in divisional activities is paramount. As our energetic and enthusiastic worldwide president, Jonathan Doughty, has mentioned in his Friday missives – there will shortly be a Member Survey to assist with the forward planning at a Global and Divisional level. Please participate. Increased activities and growth will

only come with your involvement. Contact me at to express your interest in joining the APD Board or a regional networking event committee.

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