FSAA Hall of Fame Alumni

Barry Gibson

Peter LucasInducted 2013
Barry Gibson has been in foodservice sales for 30 years, working for leading companies including Provincial Traders, Meadow Lea, Goodman Fielder and Chickadee. He is currently the Food Service Distributors Managers at Ingham Enterprises.

For many years he has been National Account Manager to major distributor groups and has earned a reputation as an honest person with a wicked sense of humour. A foundation member of NSW FIA, he has served on various roles and is the current President of that organisation. Barry also stood on the NSW Healthy Kids Board of Directors (formerly the NSW School Canteen Association) for 15 years as the Food Industry representative.

Greg Peterson

Peter LucasInducted 2013
Greg Peterson began his career working in the family business (H&M Frozen Foods) in 1981 and when on the purchase the business in partnership with his brother Michael in 1994, changing the name to Foodservice Central (FSC) and expanding through acquisition to offer a comprehensive range of foodservice products. FSC has been the recipient of various government and industry awards including FSAA's Best NSW Regional Disyributer in 2009 and 2001.

Greg was a Director of IFFDA NSW, Founding Director & Chairman of the National Independent Liquor Wholesalers, Director of NAFDA from 1989 to 2009, and Chairman of NAFDA for 14 years.

Bill Stoddart

Peter LucasInducted 2013
Bill Stoddart began his career as a sales representative for Comalco after completing a Bachelor of Engineering at The University of Queensland. He joined the team at Tom Stoddart Pty Ltd (trading as Stoddart Manufacturing) in 1967 and has been a director of the company since 1980. He is currently Managing Director and is responsible for management of a diverse manufacturing and distribution business which employs over 370 people around Australia. under Bill's directorship the company has grown to become one of Australia's market leaders in the manufacture and distribution of foodservice equipment.

Bill has also held a number of industry and Government appointments including: founding board members of the Australian Stainless Steel Development Association; Chairman of the National Industry Skills Council; and board member of the Australian National Association of Foodservice Equipment Manufacturers, the Queensland Manufacturing Leaders Group and Skillstech Australia.

Andrew Fechner

andrew fechnerInducted 2014

Most people have their bad days in life.  If you can survive a cyclone sitting in your eight tonne truck on Christmas day, you can probably get through most things.  Which is why it takes a lot to faze Andy Fechner.

During cyclone Tracy in 1974- the worst cyclone in Australia’s recent history – which caused 66 deaths and resulted in the evacuation of most of the women and children in the largest civilian airlift yet – Andy and his family sheltered in the truck for five hours while their home and most of the city was destroyed.

Andy had transferred to Darwin at the end of 1971and spent three years in this somewhat frontier’ city with his wife, Laurel and two sons, Colin and Steven.

After the cyclone, he stayed on in Darwin to secure his company’s business interests and was reunited with his family four months later.

Small wonder that his philosophy for success has always been to accept responsibility and show the right attitude.  (If you make a promise – keep it) and try to make a difference by getting involved and being honest, with yourself and others.

After finishing senior high school on the Gold Coast, he began his working life in sales with a company called Tickles, which specialised in cash van sales/distribution.

Andy became an Associate Fellow of the Catering Institute of Australia in 1976.

In 1975, Andy took an opportunity to work in the fledging foodservice industry, where he would be based in Brisbane. Over the next 11 years, he was promoted within his company, successfully completed an external university course and was a partner in his own foodservice management business for three years before returning to the corporate fold in 1986, joining Manettas in 1992.

He was the sales and marketing manager for Queensland when Bidvest bought the company in 1995 in its first foray out of South Africa.

With Ken Bielby [ex MD for Australia] Andy was a key member of the team which was responsible for the establishment and development of Bidvest in Australia.

He filled various roles in the Australian business; including national marketing and national purchasing manager before being appointed as director of purchasing and marketing in May 2005.

Andy was involved in the integration of numerous acquisitions, the largest being John Lewis & Company in 2000.  His relationships with suppliers during these growth years has been pivotal in developing Bidvest into Australia’s largest foodservice wholesale distribution business.

Bruce Young

bruce youngInducted 2014

Bruce commenced his career straight out of school as an “office boy” at Nestle Australia.

He worked his way through the company, in various marketing and sales roles in both Foodservice and Retail Grocery. He achieved many accolades with Nestle including being sent to business college at their world headquarters at Vevey in Switzerland.

Bruce’s final role with Nestle was as Group Marketing Manager of the Foodservice business. After twenty seven years he left to join Goodman Fielder Foodservice and that is where his dedication and commitment to the Foodservice industry was fully expressed.

Bringing together various business divisions and being strongly involved in the acquisition of Bunge Defiance, he formed the then largest Foodservice supplier business in Australia. The company had approximately 300 staff servicing both the distributor and end user channels.

Bruce served on many committees within Foodservice (ICTF and CTFA) as well as being a significant supporter of the Catering Institute of Australia and the Australian Culinary Federation, then known as ASSCA.

In 1992 Bruce was the initiator of the first and only team representing a manufacturer at the Culinary Olympics in Germany. He was also a driving force behind Goodman Fielder supporting the bid for the Sydney 200 Olympic games.

Bruce was a strong advocate for training and professional development of the people under his leadership, with many of today’s Foodservice senior managers a testament to his style.

Bruce’s wife Wendy and daughters Emma and Kate are here tonight to receive his induction. A true gentleman, he may be gone but is most definitely not forgotten.

Francis de Beaujeu

francis de beaujeuInducted 2014

Born in Canada and educated in England, Francis arrived in Australia in 1965 spending his first months in Darwin.

Since entering the Foodservice environment in 1977 with Noyes Brothers, the concentration was on the marketing and sales of commercial foodservice equipment and systems which entailed managing showrooms for equipment in all State capitals.

Francis has enjoyed senior rolls with several leading commercial equipment companies such as Curtin, Goldstein and Comcater.  Curtin was the first to introduce the very popular Zanussi brand which became a great success particularly with the development of open kitchen concepts and also in the TAFE system which was moving very actively to commercial cookery. 

His association with Goldstein was more in the development of a successful dealer/distribution network and a constant improvement of the product itself.

In 1996, Francis  joined Comcater to take responsibility for sales to National Accounts which included McDonalds, KFC, and other major players in that field, including supermarkets and themed restaurants.

He retired from full time work in 2011 but continued to support Comcater on the board for several years.

Through the course of his career, Francis supported many industry organisations and enjoyed the involvement.

He joined the Catering Institute of Australia in 1977, served on the committee since 1978 and was appointed vice president in 1990. In 1991 he was made a Fellow of the Association.

Francis served on the committee of the Catering Trade Fair Association from 1978 until 1991.  For the many of those years he served as Treasurer of the Association and chaired several subcommittees. 

In 1987 he was elected to the Associates Group of the Restaurant and Catering Association and served two terms as Vice President of the Association. He was instrumental in developing the Marketing Sub-committee which developed and organised many worthwhile functions for both the R&CA and Charity.

Francis was the first secretary of the National Association of Food Equipment Suppliers (NAFES) and also undertook the bulk of the work to broaden the early membership, organised the early seminars in NSW and worked towards the development of the CFSP training program which now forms an integral part of the Association. 

Bob Peberdy

bob-peberdy

Inducted 2015

In 1994 Bob Peberdy, with business partner Trevor McKean purchased Queensland Frozen Foods Services (QffS), a fledgling broad line foodservice distributor in Brisbane working from a small warehouse in Yeerongpilly.


At that time, QffS employed around forty people, which has since grown about five-fold.


As in all growing businesses, as each stage unfolds, new management and capital requirement challenges arise. Mike Peberdy, Bob’s son, joined the partnership, bringing youth, IT and business skills in 2002.

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Hetty Pruis

hetty-pruis

Inducted 2015

Hetty started her Foodservice adventure with Peter Isaacson Publications in 1977 and worked on annuals for 3 years. These ranged from Hospital and Health, Defence, Kompass and The Hospitality yearbook.


From 1980 until 2000, she worked exclusively on Hospitality Magazine.


Starting in 2001 with AES (which was acquired by Diversified) Hetty stayed with them until her retirement in late 2008. She worked solely on the Fine Food Shows.

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