The Team

Andrew Powis FIH,
Managing Partner

Andrew Powis FIH

Andrew has spent over forty years in the catering industry. His experience has involved numerous aspects of catering including hotels, licensed restaurants, outside catering, equipment distributors and consultancy.

Having worked for The Post Office, Grand Metropolitan and Horwood Catering Equipment Limited at senior management and director levels and before setting up Sterling with Elaine, he spent seven years with the largest foodservice consultancy practice in Europe as Managing Director of their Midlands company, where he was responsible for all design work undertaken by the company in Ireland as well as UK based projects.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (FIH). He has also acted as an Expert Witness on behalf of clients seeking legal redress.

Elaine Powis MRSPH 
Joint Managing Partner

Elaine Powis RSPH

Elaine graduated from the Blackpool and Fylde Catering College and obtained her extensive knowledge of catering equipment through thirty five years of managerial involvement in all sectors of the industry including banqueting, hotels, restaurants, education, outside catering and working with several major equipment manufacturers. Her role within the team is design input, product sourcing, specification detailing and project co-ordination.

Andrew and Elaine are frequently invited to serve on judging panels for industry competitions and to comment on matters relating to the catering industry.

Valerie Nock 
Design Office Manager

Valerie Nock

Valerie has over thirty years’ experience within the catering industry. Computer literate having prepared CAD drawings since 1989, she is currently working with AutoCAD 2010 plus Excel and Office. Valerie competently co-ordinates the requirements between site and drawings and is involved directly with our clients.