Here’s our Keynote speakers for 2017.


  • Andrew Andrea

    Chief Financial and Corporate Development Officer
    Marston's PLC

    Andrew joined Marston’s in 2002 as Divisional Finance Director of Marston’s Beer Company and in 2006 he became Operations Director for Marston’s Pub Company.  He was appointed to the Board as Chief Financial Officer in March 2009.  A qualified Chartered Accountant, he has previously worked in various financial and commercial roles with Guinness Brewing Worldwide, […]

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    • Martin Caws

      Group Executive Chef
      Casual Dining Group

      Martin joined CDG in 2015 as Group Executive Chef. He has over 25 years experience working with chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Tom Aikens at Pied A Terre, Marco Pierre White at the Oak Room and was Executive Head Chef of the 1 Michelin starred Mirabelle. I’ve also had Stints with Conran & Soho house, […]

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      • Paul Charity

        Paul Charity

        Managing Director
        Propel Info

        Paul has had a varied career in the sector, combining journalism with direct experience of founding a multi-site pub company. He was editor of a weekly newspaper in Lincolnshire at the age of 28. In his early 30s he co-founded the Bulldog Hotel Group with a single leasehold site. Most recently, he edited the Publican’s […]

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        • Mark Fox


          Mark Fox has worked for 25 years in the hospitality industry and has held senior roles in some of the world’s best known brands and companies including Yum Brands, Compass Group and Starbucks. Installed as CEO at Bill’s Restaurants in the spring of 2016 he is now applying this experience to lead the 75 site […]

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          • Martin Robinson

            Non Exec. Chairman

            Martin is Chairman of Casual Dining Group and Inspiring Learning. Martin is also a Director of Majid Al Futtaim, Disneyland Resort Paris and a founding partner of Figaro Partners LLP. Previously, Martin was Chairman and CEO of Center Parcs Europe and Chairman of Center Parcs UK from 2000 until its sale by Blackstone in August […]

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            • Paul Dickinson

              Head of Food
              Fuller, Smith & Turner

              Having spent his formative years travelling the world gaining cooking experience on airlines, Paul then completed his chef training at Neath Catering College. He worked as the executive chef at Berwin Leighton Paisner and then at Restaurant Associates, before becoming Head of Food for Fuller’s Managed Inns in 2011. Since being at Fuller’s, Paul has […]

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              • Kate Nicholls

                Kate Nicholls

                Chief Executive
                The ALMR

                Kate was appointed CEO of the ALMR, the leading trade body representing licensed hospitality operators, in September 2014, having previously worked as Strategic Affairs Director and Head of Communications. After gaining a degree in English and a post-graduate diploma in competition law, Kate worked as a researcher in the House of Commons and European Parliament […]

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                • Tim Foster

                  Head of Being Awesome
                  The Yummy Pub Co.

                  Tim Foster is the Head of Being Awesome at The Yummy Pub Co, a boutique pub company with six sites. He is one of three founders who have built Yummy on three core principles of Accessible, Premium, Experiences.

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                  • James Douglas

                    Red’s True Barbecue

                    James is co-founder of Red’s True Barbecue, the UK’s No.1 BBQ brand currently taking the UK by storm with its blend of Authentic US Barbecue and craft beers. Founded in September 2012, the company now operates from Leeds, Manchester, Headingley, Nottingham, Shorditch and Liverpool, Sheffield with its newest site in Newcastle having opened in November […]

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                    • Jeremy Roberts

                      Living Ventures

                      Co-Founder and CEO of the Living Ventures, the 45 strong bars to fine dining group. Jeremy also chairs the private equity backed Gusto and Alchemist businesses and in June 16 oversaw the £50m sale of New World Trading company to Graphite Capital. He lives in Cheshire with his wife Jane and has three children and […]

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                      • Simon Stenning

                        Executive Director

                        Simon leads the MCA. business, delivering cutting edge news, opinion, insight, data and market intelligence to clients across the breadth of the UK eating and drinking out market. MCA brings together two of the of the leading specialist insight providers serving the eating and drinking out market, M&C Report and Allegra Foodservice. This has created […]

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                        • Chris Knights

                          Group Executive Chef
                          Geronimo & Young’s

                          Chris and his team of 6 exec chefs engage with the pubs on a one to one basis to deliver the best of British seasonal pub food to ultimately delight our customers. Inspiring & developing our people is at the top of his agenda whilst ensuring they have an innovative, well designed and well equipped […]

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                          • Peter Martin

                            Peter Martin

                            Vice President
                            CGA Peach

                            Peter is the leading commentator on the UK eating and drinking-out market. He is vice president of CGA Peach, the specialist data, insight and networking business. CGA Peach works closely with the leading UK casual dining, pub and bar operators providing strategic market and brand insight. Products include the Coffer Peach Business Tracker, Peach BrandTrack […]

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                            • Mark McCulloch

                              Mark McCulloch

                              Founder & CEO
                              We Are Spectacular

                              Mark has 15 years’ experience in brand, marketing, digital, social and PR. He started life at the British music magazines (marketing them to students), then worked at lastminute.com where he rose to European Group Head of Brand, then moved to senior positions at Barclaycard, YO! Sushi, Blinkbox Music & Pret a Manger.  @wearespectaculr

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                              • David Pellow

                                Vice President of Operations - Europe
                                Hard Rock International

                                As Vice President of Operations Europe for Hard Rock International, David oversees activities and operations involving Hard Rock’s company-owned European properties, including 22 cafes in 13 countries. David’s role includes overseeing cafe openings as well as developing unique events for one of the most recognised brands in the world. David has been with Hard Rock […]

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                                • Peter Backman

                                  Managing Director

                                  Peter is the Managing Director of Horizons, an expert on the structure and dynamics of the foodservice sector, and its supply chain, in the UK and across Europe. He is responsible for the company’s vision and driving the business forward. He has been involved, as a researcher and consultant within the sector, for over 30 […]

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                                  • Simon Xavier

                                    Executive Chef
                                    Leisure Division, The Restaurant Group

                                    Simon has been an Executive Chef for The Restaurant Group for more than 15 years and has been with Chiquito for the past three years. His main role is to develop menus, training, menu roll outs, cost control and oversee all new kitchen designs and builds. Brands that have been under his umbrella include Frankie […]

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                                    • Warren Goodwin

                                      Innovation Chef

                                      Warren has worked for Nandos for 8 months and loves the company, the great people and the passion for great PERi PERi chicken. He considers it a dream job. Before he joined Nandos he developed products for M&S and also worked in Scotland developing Fishcakes for Sainsbury’s. His first job was working on soups for […]

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                                      • Jo Clevely

                                        Design Consultant
                                        Jo Clevely Design

                                        In 1994 Jo Clevely was no patron of pubs so when Rupert and Nick Elliot suggested she helped Nick launch a new London pub co it was under the proviso that she could make it place she would like to go. A year later and after much debating The Chelsea Ram – the 1st outlet […]

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                                        • Graeme Loudon

                                          Commercial Director
                                          CGA Strategy

                                          Graeme Loudon has been with the business over the last 10 years. He works with suppliers, wholesalers & retailers across food & drink markets to deliver action led insights & strategy advice. CGA are the world’s leading business intelligence and strategic consultancy provider for the out of home leisure market.

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                                          • Rupert Clevely

                                            Hippo Inns Limited

                                            After 3 years as International Marketing Director at Veuve Cliquot, Rupert founded the upmarket gastro pub chain Geronimo Inns with his wife, Jo. Geronimo now operates more than 30 pubs – mainly in London. The company was bought by Young & Co’s Brewery in 2010, and Rupert stepped down as managing director in 2013. Rupert […]

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                                            • Jay Morjaria

                                              Chef, Author, Restaurant Consultant

                                              Jay Morjaria is a Chef, Restaurant consultant, Author and founder of Sutra Kitchen, Central London’s first Vegetarian and Vegan cooking school. Jay works with well-known brands and start-ups to advise them how to create innovative dishes and build new restaurant concepts. This year Jay helped launch Noa, a grab and go Vegetarian restaurant in Baker […]

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                                              • Jo Fleet

                                                Managing Director

                                                Currently MD for Wahaca, Jo spent 10 years in ASK Restaurants expanding the company rapidly throughout the country as well as creating and expanding Zizzi brand. Initially working for the founders and taking over as CEO for ASK Restaurants Ltd and Executive Director for Gondola Holdings PLC. Jo lives in West London.

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                                                • Neil Rankin

                                                  temper Restaurants

                                                  Neil Rankin pioneered London’s high end barbecue scene and is well known for his experimental use of bold flavours, drawing on global influences. Neil began his career as a chef in fine-dining kitchens under Michael Wignall and Nuno Mendes, and at Rhodes 24 and The French Table. He went on to work at Barbecoa, the […]

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                                                  • Bob Ivell

                                                    Non-Executive Chairman
                                                    Mitchells & Butler PLC

                                                    Appointed to the Board in May 2011, Bob has over 30 years of extensive food and beverage experience with a particular focus on food-led, managed restaurants, pubs and hotels. He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Carpetright plc, a Non-Executive Director of Charles Wells Limited and President of The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers. He was […]

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                                                    • Alice Elwes

                                                      Senior Purchasing Manager
                                                      Cote Restaurants, Jackson and Rye and Limeyard

                                                      Alice is proud to be working with some great chefs after joining the company last year to look after the purchasing for Cote, Jackson and Rye and Limeyard. She lives in North London and loves all things food and drink. Alice will be in the Executive Centre for the Innovation Challenge Pitches at 11am on Thursday 23rd […]

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                                                      • Edward Loftus

                                                        Director - Food Development (Global)
                                                        Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

                                                        Edward will be in the Executive Centre for the Innovation Challenge Pitches at 11am on Thursday 23rd February.

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                                                        • Karen Forrester

                                                          TGI Fridays

                                                          Karen joined TGI Fridays UK in 2007 as Managing Director. Now CEO, Karen has overseen a revival of the brand in the last nine years, which has seen it grow to 76 restaurants in the UK and win a number of industry awards. Karen implemented a people-led strategy, investing heavily in team members and training. […]

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                                                          • Andrew Gallagher

                                                            Group Marketing Director
                                                            Cote Restaurants

                                                            Andrew graduated from Liverpool University in 1998 and has worked Marketing many well-known brands across the Retail and Leisure sectors including WHSmith, Cineworld, and Cafe Nero. Most recently he also had spells at famously unconventional Bookmaker Paddy Power and pizza delivery brand Papa John’s. Now Group Marketing Director at the group that owns Côte Brasserie, […]

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                                                            • James Nye

                                                              Managing Director
                                                              Anglian Country Inns

                                                              James Nye is the Managing Director of Anglian Country Inns, the family owned pub and restaurant group based in East Anglia. The eclectic seven strong group has gained numerous awards and recognition for its food and hospitality. James sits on the ALMR Council and is actively involved in the wider hospitality industry. James will be in the […]

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                                                              • Mike Berry

                                                                Head of Content
                                                                Fleet Street Communications

                                                                Mike has spent most of his career in business-to-business journalism, working in a variety of sectors. Before joining Fleet Street, he spent almost five years at the Morning Advertiser, the leading publication for the pub trade, as Managing Editor. During that time he worked with a number of blue-chip companies on multi-channel content projects, chaired […]

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                                                                • Ben Geen

                                                                  Senior Supply Chain Manager
                                                                  Gourmet Burger Kitchen

                                                                  Ben Geen is passionate about restaurants, working with leaders, employees and developers to help them deliver business value through smart mutually beneficial and proactive partnerships. The combination of an operational and commercial background give him the unique ability to bridge gaps between practice and theory within catering businesses. Ben will be in the Executive Centre for […]

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