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Sodexo creates social impact director role

Angela Halliday has been appointed to the new role of Director of Social Impact at Sodexo with responsibility for driving the company’s social value strategy for the UK & Ireland.

As a ‘green rated’ strategic supplier to government across a range of sectors including healthcare, education, justice and defence, Sodexo has pledged to improve contract processes through clear accountability and regular reporting of performance.

The appointment, will see Halliday work with Sodexo’s CEOs responsible for delivering services to the public sector, the organisation’s Executive Board and its Public Sector Board to embed a social value approach across the UK & Ireland region. The role will involve ensuring organisational governance and reporting on the social value Sodexo is delivering within its contracts.

Speaking about her appointment, Halliday said: “My whole career has revolved around making a difference to people and communities, from working in the third sector during a time when social value was emerging, to having spent the last eleven years with Sodexo whose philosophy is to have a positive impact on our communities through our quality of life services.

 “This new role demonstrates how Sodexo does business, where quantifiable and firm ethical principles are being put at the heart of everything we do. I am delighted and honoured to be Sodexo’s lead for such an important part of our work and am looking forward to demonstrating the added value we create for our employees, clients, customers and communities.”

Halliday joined Sodexo in 2008 as Head of Prisoner Management at HMP Addiewell where she also held the posts of Deputy Director and then Acting Director before heading to Australia to lead the mobilisation of a new female prison in Perth, WA for Sodexo.

Halliday returned to the UK in 2017 as Deputy Director, Business Development, Justice Services before moving to the position of Director, Business Development Government & Agencies. During her tenure, she has brought in some significant contract wins including the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and two regions for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The appointment comes as Sodexo prepares to publish its third Public Service Pledge, an ethical manifesto on its commitments in relation to investing in its people, communities and customers.

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