Acklam Green Centre welcomes new catering recruits

The Acklam Green Centre has welcomed two new members of staff to its in-house catering team.

Melanie Owen has joined the Middlesbrough based business and community centre as full-time café/ catering supervisor bringing over 25 years’ experience in the catering industry to the role.

Melanie, who lives in Middlesbrough close to Acklam Green Centre, has spent most of her career in a school environment, most recently at Macmillan Academy. She is now responsible for running a busy kitchen and coordinating the catering service for clients of up to 150 people using the centre for business meetings, conferences and events, as well as running Café Connect, which is open to the public as well as staff and tenants based in the centre.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to the new challenge of the supervisor role at Acklam Green Centre having spent many years working in school kitchens. The centre has an excellent catering offer and I intend to maintain our strong reputation with centre clients and members of the public alike.”

Megan Coakley has also joined the team as café/ catering assistant to support with an increased demand for café and catering services on weekends. Megan will undertake the role on a part-time basis while studying for her A-levels at Macmillan Academy.

The appointments coincide with an enhanced catering offer from Café Connect which has extended its catering menus in recent menus and has reinforced its commitment to the promotion of healthy eating, resulting in the business being awarded Middlesbrough Council’s Food4Health Gold Award.

Donna Smith, facilities manager at Acklam Green Centre, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Melanie and Megan to the Acklam Green Centre team as we continue to improve and expand our catering offer. Melanie brings a wealth of experience in the catering industry and Megan is already showing a lot of enthusiasm for the new role, so they’re both welcome additions to the team.”

For further information about Café Connect and the Acklam Green Centre contact tel: 01642 811 121 or email: