Employee of the Month


At Innovate we take great pride in whatever we do to ensure our students enjoy nutritious, fresh, healthy and tasty food every day. This takes hard work and dedication and we recognise each and every Innovate employee going the extra mile in their daily tasks.


September 2017

Jethro Meyer – General Manager, George Abbot School

We are glad to announce the winner of September’s Employee of the Month is Jethro Meyer.

Jethro hails from South Africa and moved to the UK in 2005. He grew up in the restaurant trade and managed various pubs and restaurants before starting his career in November 2014 as a General Manager of George Abbot School.

For the past 3 years Jethro has worked tirelessly to create an exemplary and profitable unit with two service points and a 6th Form Café, serving 2,200 students a day and managing a team of 15 staff. In recent months he has been training his team to a very high standard, and is now poised to take on a role in Operations.

Somehow he manages to find time on the weekend and in the holidays to run his own successful business as a Wedding DJ too.

 A huge thanks Jethro for your continued efforts, we are thrilled to have you as part of the Innovate family.

March 2017

Leahnora Moon – Office Manager, Innovate Business Support Centre

It gives us great pleasure to announce Leahnora Moon as Innovate March Employee of the Month.

Leahnora was nominated for her politeness, commitment to help at all times, professionalism, dedication and being a thoroughly lovely person at all times!

She receives a fab box of chocolates, champagne as well as M&S vouchers.

Thank you Leahnora, your hard work as well as your tremendous attitude are much appreciated and valued.

Daniele Okeke

February 2017

Davinder Dhillon – Chef Manager, Gumley House Convent School 

Davinder has enjoyed a long and fruitful career with Innovate and is currently based at Gumley House, working as Chef Manager.

For over 5 years, Davinder has contributed greatly to the overall success of this contract through sheer commitment and being the epitome of customer service.

She is greatly admired by her staff and has managed to create a family atmosphere within her team where everyone works hard deliver a great food experience for our students and staff.

At a recent hospitality event parents voted her dish as ‘the best curry in Hounslow’. Given the fact the vicinity has 83 curry houses, this is fine praise indeed!

Thank you Davinder, your hard work, dedication and fabulous standards are greatly appreciated.

January 2017

Martyn Welch – Chef Manager Kenilworth College

Martyn started nearly three years ago as an Assistant Manager and has now worked his way up to an Academy Mentor. He has shown nothing but determination to deliver fabulous standards and further his career within Innovate. In recent months Martyn has supported other managers within his region.

Martyn has become the go to person when managers need advice. Martyn has been going to sites to train numerous managers on delivering Governors Canape receptions, been on the end of the phone to answer any questions from managers,  helping managers with their COGS and coaching and supporting his Assistant Manager being promoted to Chef Manager level.

Martyn has not only proven himself as a great manager but raised his team to the standard to allow him to leave the unit and support other managers around the company.

December 2016

Daniele Okeke – Bishop Thomas Grant

Our Employee of the Month for December 2016 was awarded to Daniele Okeke from Bishop Thomas Grant.

Daniele started working with us in May 2016 and in this short time has made everyone love him for his great attitude to work, his willingness to help without being asked and being an overall team player. His smile and politeness is known to all students, colleagues and school staff alike.

Thank you Daniele, your hard work and great attitude to work is much appreciated.