Warewashing industry expert Derek Maher has been appointed as CEDA’s new Vice Chair and will officially take up the role at the AGM in April this year. For over 38 years Derek has been at the helm of Crystaltech, the UK’s largest independent company specialising in the installation and servicing of all makes and models of commercial glasswashers and dishwashers. His unrivalled expertise in the commercial catering and pub industry has enabled him to achieve award winning wash results for many of his customers who include major pub groups, high-street restaurant chains and independent catering outlets.
“I have been a very active member of the CEDA Technical Steering Group for a number of years and have seen first-hand how that has helped to improve industry standard and our membership.
“In the role as CEDA vice chair, I hope to build on the links that I have with other associations and institutions to the benefit of our CEDA membership and the industry as a whole.”
Director general Adam Mason commented: “Derek is very personable and incredibly giving of his time and vast knowledge for the betterment of the association, fellow members and the industry at large. I very much look forward to working closely with Derek during his tenure as chair.”
Crystaltech was formed in 1980 to specialise in the service and installation of commercial glass and dishwashers and is now the market leader when it comes to solving warewashing results problems, using the latest technologies. The company operates nationwide with a team of over 60, highly qualified engineers with a 24/7 service.
Maher commented: “With a background in marine engineering, major projects and industrial metallurgy my wife Maxine and I formed the basis of Crystaltech from our garage with myself as the first (and only) engineer. From that perspective I am able to understand the challenges that face CEDA members of all sizes.”