I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Michael Kerr on the Campus Food Futures Project at Victoria University.
This project entailed the sourcing and contracting of potential catering operators to service nine campuses of Victoria University.
The project faced many challenges as timelines were tight (the entire process from EOI to transition to new operators was six months)
and University stakeholders were disgruntled with the quality and choice of food options currently on offer.
Kerr Capital was contracted to assist and advise VU in sourcing, evaluating and short listing potential catering suppliers to progress to the tendering stage of the project. A formalised evaluation criteria and assessment process was developed in partnership with VU stakeholders utilising Kerr Capital’s methodology and processes. Through this collaboration, performance criteria and KPI’s were developed to ensure that the successful caterers would not only provide diverse food choice on campus but were also in line with University’s Strategic objectives.
Michael’s level of professionalism, commercial nous and patience assisted him greatly in successfully navigating university politics, passionate key stakeholders and eager catering operators keen to get a foot in the door.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Michael on a personal and professional level and would look forward to the opportunity to do so again in the future.
Jenny Gamble, Victoria University