Weston Taylor: a brief summary
Weston Taylor was created at the beginning of 2017 by Peter Taylor.
Peter has over 40 years of experience in the food service and facilities management sectors, working in hotels and, for almost 40 years, with Gardner Merchant and its successor Sodexo.
After a number of years in the business and industry segment in operational and sales roles, Peter created the University Segment for Sodexo in 2000, starting with three catering contracts and two facilities management contracts in student accommodation, growing the business to over 25 contracts and 9000 student beds. In addition to managing traditional operations, Peter led major transformation projects for some of the UK’s leading institutions including University of York, University College London, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Nottingham and University of Sheffield.
In 2012 Peter relinquished operational responsibility to work on Sodexo’s higher education strategy. In this role Peter created Student Living by Sodexo to focus specifically on the student accommodation market, whilst also developing a series of initiatives to support and promote improvements to the student experience. These initiatives include creating a Student Board of Directors, an annual Global Chef programme, annual HE Symposium, the Sodexo Universities Advisory Board, links with the mental health charity Student Minds, and a programme of student internships, together with a series of initiatives to support student activities throughout the year.
Weston Taylor now continues the work of investing in the student experience, assisting HE Institutions to unlock initiatives that will improve students’ quality of life in many aspects of their time at university.
In support of companies providing services to the HE sector, Peter has taken on a Non-Executive Director role with Crystal Facilities Management to assist in their ambitious plans for development of high quality facilities services to universities.
Crystal Facilities Management provides a full comprehensive facilities service to different sectors such as University and Colleges, Student Accommodation, Schools, Offices, Construction Sites and Block Management.