Offshore catering experts appoint Ops Director – launch onshore service

Source: press release, 25 October 2021

Celera Support Services Operations Director, Lee Kemp and owner, John Wigglesworth
Celera Support Services Operations Director, Lee Kemp and owner, John Wigglesworth (photo: Celera)

An Aberdeen-headquartered company, which has specialised in international offshore catering services for the past 10 years, has announced a Director-level appointment and the launch of a partnership specifically designed to encourage a return to the workplace, whilst reinforcing a commitment to the future of its own city centre through investment in new premises.

Having successfully navigated the challenges associated with global COVID-19 related restrictions, Celera Support Services has invested a six-figure sum in the Back Wynd premises, designed to facilitate company growth and diversification, whilst reflecting its owner’s desire to help regenerate the heart of Aberdeen.

The company aims to increase its city-based team to 14 within the next 2 years, with a focus upon three key pillars: city centre daytime hospitality, onshore corporate catering and offshore activity across the North Sea, West Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf of Mexico.

Leading the growth strategy is recently appointed Operations Director, Lee Kemp, who takes up his new role after a year as Celera’s Operations Manager. Company owner, John Wigglesworth comments, “Despite the pressures of 2020/21, we have continued to support clients across the Middle East and kept our international team employed. Now is the time to invest in both Aberdeen and the growth of Celera. With 30 years’ global offshore industry experience, Lee brings unrivalled industry knowledge, technical and strategic skills to drive Celera forward on both a domestic and international basis.”

John is also passionate about encouraging locals back to their city centre and sees a successful post-pandemic return to the workplace as one of the key levers to supporting the community’s wellbeing. Working in partnership with local coffee and second-hand booksellers, Books and Beans, Celera is currently trialling a range of unique corporate catering solutions in conjunction with a key north-east organisation.

Wigglesworth continues, “As the co-founder and driver of a local community development – which has seen over 14,000 visits in 2021 – I have witnessed first-hand the physical and mental benefits brought by providing a safe, calm environment for relaxation, communication, individual thought and, indeed, consumption of good food! We believe this can play a key part in facilitating a smoother, healthier transition from home working to office-based or hybrid models.”

Celera’s strategy of city centre revitalisation is consolidated by its current bid to lease one of three pavilions within the redeveloped Union Terrace Gardens, which have been designed to enhance the area with cafes, restaurants, or cultural spaces.