Our Executive

Moslek Uddin
Chief Executive Officer and Founder

An executive chef with more than 35 years experience in the trade and Chef Proprietor of Chutneys in Weston-super-Mare for more than 20 years. Highly active in the charitable sector being recognised for his work in feeding the homeless and trying to reduce single-use plastic in the industry. Founded UKCC as a result of staff and skills shortages within the industry. Now leads a team of experienced and passionate individuals who wish nothing but betterment for the industry. Moslek also wishes to promote young and upcoming chefs within the industry as they are undoubtedly the future of the industry. Has regularly spoken on TV and radio and sat on various advisory panels.

Shah F. Athar BSc(Hons) MSc
Director of Policy & Project Coordinator

Chef Proprietor with more than 25 years experience and well known as an influencer and consultant within the Asian catering sector. Experienced in managing events and leading projects. Also a former Molecular Biologist and Scientific Researcher with the Veterinary Laboratories Agency at a time when Mad Cow Disease was affecting the catering and farming industry. Has also worked within the banking and healthcare insurance sector. Professional Trainer with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Number 1 in the UK for providing cookery demonstrations and lessons for more than 3000 children and adults alike since 2000. Has regularly spoken on TV and radio and sat on various advisory panels. Now oversees policy and overall strategy direction for UKCC. His motto is ‘Strength in Unity’.

Raj Mandal
Team UKCC Director & Director of Education & Training

Raj has over 45 years within the Hospitality Industry and Further Education. He is a great supporter of providing opportunities for students in order for them to gain recognition for their work and talents.
Raj has always firmly believed that it is important to give young talent opportunity and a voice, this inspires both them and others. Mentoring is so important in development, especially in the young and that is why he has worked with employers, locally, nationally and internationally. He has built close working relationships between the industry and education and this has resulted in a range of work-based opportunities for many hospitality trainees. With this kind of support, he has produced and delivered innovative and flexible curricula that guarantee great careers. These opportunities have been enriched by their participation in local, national and International culinary competitions which has helped them develop the all important skills of self-discipline, speed, practical and organisation. He is a member of ‘The Craft Guild of Chefs’ and ‘The British Culinary Federation’ and has received many prestigious awards for his work including:

- Craft Guild ‘Education Chef of the Year’
- PACE (Professional Association of Catering Education) Innovation Award
- Multi Medal winner as an Individual and Team UK at The Culinary Olympics - Multi Medal Individual winner at the British Open Cookery Championships (Hotel Olympia) and various other national competitions
- Munster Branch Chef Award
- World Association of Chefs Societies Competition Seminar Certificate
- Served as a judge at numerous National Salons and at the UK and WorldSkills - Director of the Bedfordshire Salons

Naseem A. Talukdar BSc
Director of Social Responsibility & Sustainability

An IT engineer working in Project Quality Assurance for the past 15 years in various government and non-government projects including Airbus Military, SRT-Marine, University of Bristol, Prophecy Unlimited, Clarity and HMRC.

Founder of Feed the Homeless Bristol (2016), Feed The Homeless WSM (2017) & Plastic Pollution Awareness & Action Project (2018). Former Trustee Careforum Bristol & Bangladesh Association Bristol Bath & West. He was also Student Union President at Soundwell College Bristol (1996-97) & City of Bristol College (1997-99). Currently he is mentoring a number of grass root charities in the homeless and sustainable sector while discovering ways to engage with the most isolated individuals within society.

Naseem’s motto is 'One man can make a difference' and 'Rise while lifting others'.

Rasheda Khanom
Director of Communications