The Lewisham Foundation has announced two new appointments to its leadership positions following the resignations of Co-Chairs, Ash Visvanathan, Venue Manager at St Heliers Bay Bistro and Lindsay Swannack, Maitre d’ at Prego Restaurant.

Committee member Phil Neverman, Sales Manager for Greenmount Foods – Stock Shop Co., has been appointed Chair and fellow committee member Vicky Roberts, Consultant and Wine Buyer for WineFriend, Deputy Chair.

Accepting the position Phil Neverman said “With the experience of nine years on the Lewisham committee behind me, I am very pleased and proud to be elected as Chair.

“As a chef for 35 years, this industry has been my life, as it has for many others! Hospitality is in a very tough place in the current Covid environment; hence why we made the decision to cancel the 2020 Lewisham Awards.

“We as a committee, along with our amazing sponsors, will put on an awesome awards evening in 2021, to celebrate moving forward and excellence in hospitality! I can’t wait to see you all there!”

“More than ever during the turbulent times our industry is facing, we need to recognise, celebrate and continue to support the Auckland hospitality community. We will come together again in June 2021, so diarise Sunday 6th June now.”

Normally an annual event organised by a dedicated committee of industry professionals with the support of industry suppliers and businesses, the Lewisham Awards recognise outstanding hospitality in the Auckland region. Visit for more information.

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