Casual Dining Keynote speakers 2018

Pub & restaurant leaders share the best advice they’ve ever been given

For Mitchells & Butlers’ Susan Chappell, “sharing stories that inspire and energise us to do something differently” is a big part of Casual Dining show’s long-standing appeal.  Its popular Keynote Theatre, which attracts hundreds of visitors per session, offers an invaluable opportunity to hear expert insights, business strategies and advice from some of the biggest […]

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Richard Boon Hubbox

Speaker Q&A: Richard Boon, Hubbox

Our final speaker Q&A for 2018 features Richard Boon, MD and founder of Hubbox.  He’ll appearing alongside Flat Iron’s Jo Fleet and KuPP’s Lesa Kleidon in the ‘Large multi-site brands of the future’ panel session on the show’s opening day (21 February).  With over 20 years’ of experience within the hospitality, tourism, nightclub, and restaurant sector, he’ll be sharing […]

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Susan Chappell, Mitchells & Butlers

Speaker Q&A: Susan Chappell, Mitchells & Butlers

Susan Chappell, divisional director / executive committee at Mitchells & Butlers, is another new speaker for 2018.  Drawing on insights from over 26 years with the company (she now has responsibility for All Bar One, Browns, Nicholson’s and the Castle pub portfolio), she’ll be discussing the challenges of staying ahead and relevant to your guests […]

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Jon Knight Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

Speaker Q&A: Jon Knight, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

Jon Knight, the new head of the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, plans to give us plenty of  ‘Food for thought’ in his opening day Keynote at Casual Dining — delving into difficult times, his fresh approach and how to revive a global business.  We caught up with him before the show to find out more. […]

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Alexander Salussolia - Glendola Q&A

Speaker Q&A: Alexander Salussolia, Glendola Leisure Group

Alexander Salussolia is managing director of Glendola Leisure Group — one of the UK’s leading independent private pub and restaurant operators. He’ll be appearing alongside the Yummy Pub Co’s Tim Foster, Brian Keeley-Whiting, MD of Whiting & Hammond, and Kate Nicholls, chief executive of The ALMR, to discuss ‘Are we growing our pubs or saving our pubs?’ […]

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Chris Hill, CEO of The New World Trading Company

Speaker Q&A: Chris Hill, The New World Trading Company

Chris Hill, CEO of The New World Trading Company, will be sharing his thoughts on the casual dining pub and bar sector at the show on opening day. He’ll be discussing his experiences in helping to grow New World Trading Company’s innovative portfolio, including their plans for further expansion, and how an important focus on staff development […]

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Zoe Bowley, MD of PizzaExpress

Speaker Q&A: Zoe Bowley, PizzaExpress

Next up in our exclusive speaker Q&A series is Zoe Bowley, UK & Ireland managing director at PizzaExpress.  A member of PizzaExpress’ UK Board since 2011 (first as operations director, then UK chief operating officer, and now MD), she’ll be discussing their Transformation agenda and sharing insights into how they are ‘Keeping PizzaExpress relevant after 53 years’. What […]

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Brian Trollip - Dishoom

Speaker Q&A: Brian Trollip, Dishoom

Brian Trollip has been overseeing the day-to-day running of Dishoom’s operations since 2010.  Voted the ‘Coolest UK Restaurant’ in 2016 by Cool Brands, and a new entry on this year’s ‘The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies’ list, the Indian restaurant group now has six sites and employs over 700 people. He’ll be at the show […]

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Brian Keeley-Whiting, Managing Director, Whiting & Hammond

Speaker Q&A: Brian Keeley-Whiting, Whiting & Hammond

Our next speaker Q&A features Brian Keeley-Whiting, managing director of Whiting & Hammond — a small, award winning, independent pub group in the heart of the Kent, Sussex and Surrey. He’ll be appearing alongside the Yummy Pub Co’s Tim Foster, Alexander Salussolia, MD of Glendola Leisure Group, and Kate Nicholls, chief executive of The ALMR, […]

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Tim Foster, Yummy Pub Co

Speaker Q&A: Tim Foster, Yummy Pub Co

‘Are we growing our pubs or saving our pubs?’ — that’s the hot topic that Tim Foster, owner & head of being awesome at the Yummy Pub Co, and his fellow panellists, will be discussing at the show on opening day. Hosted by Kate Nicholls, chief executive of The ALMR, and also featuring Alexander Salussolia, MD of […]

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