Sodexo contract director awarded MBE

Sodexo has announced that its contract director, Tony Eleftheriou has been awarded Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours list for services to the British military in Cyprus.

Tony is the contract director for Sodexo in Cyprus. He joined the team there in 2003 as operations manager and has over the years held numerous positions before being appointed contract director in 2018.

Tony is responsible for the delivery of a wide range of soft FM services by a team of around 800 Sodexo employees on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) supporting British Forces Cyprus (BFC) in the Sovereign Base Areas.

Eleftheriou said, “I am honoured to receive an MBE. It is very much a team award as I could not have achieved it without the determination, commitment and hard work of all those that work with me.”

Sodexo provides a range of services including catering, cleaning, waste services and logistics support at six military bases in Cyprus that are home to deployed troops and their families.

Over the years, Eleftheriou and his team have provided valuable support with operations such as Op Shader and the provision of humanitarian aid of food, water and shelter to refugees who landed on beaches at RAF Akrotiri.

More recently, Eleftheriou has led his team with considerable empathy throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Maintaining a careful balance of both service provision and safeguarding welfare for his team, sub-contractors and customers alike.

Paul Anstey, CEO Government, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said, “We are immensely proud of Tony. He is an exceptional leader and has worked tirelessly over the years to provide excellence and compassion in sometimes challenging and unexpected situations.

'It is testament to the respect he has earned for his outstanding commitment and hard work that he’s been recognised with this honour.”