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the team have a fantastic reputation for social media and social business strategy. Karen is a regular speaker and columnist on food and digital marketing and is currently working on her first book, #FoodPorn. 2015 is an exciting year for Digital Blonde as they open The Food Marketing School which will offer marketing and mentoring services to the hospitality industry. If you want to chat with Karen ahead of the sessions, please tweet @DigitalBlonde


MARCUS KILVINGTON (speaker & mentor) Marcus Kilvington is a catering and hospitality veteran with 22 years in our industry. Over the past 8 years, he has been training, coaching and mentoring owners and managers to enable them to fix business problems and boost their bottom line profitability. He formerly held senior


dining concept and a steak restaurant serving up some of the world’s finest cuts, including the legendary kobe beef.


NEIL MORTEN (speaker & mentor) Neil Morten, the founder of GMP design Ltd., has been mentoring designers and clients for over 20 years. Neil is an award-winning international designer and an established entrepreneur. He regularly assists clients with operational business advice and marketing ideas and has more recently helped them to gain access to free brand money, assisting clients to gain in excess of £15k each. Neil sights his design success in understanding what clients want from owning and running six venues over his career. GMP design will continue delivering high quality, creative hospitality solutions although Neil’s mentoring skills are set to guide the GMP team down an additional path. In September 2015, GMP, in partnership with the National Design Academy and Staffordshire University , will be delivering the UK’s first experiential design degree in Venue design. The degree is currently subject to validation but all the signs are good for the first students to be joining the ranks of GMP later this year.


management roles with Knorr, Hellmanns, Twinings and Tetley.


MARTIN WILLIAMS (speaker & mentor) After nine years as Managing Director of Gaucho Restaurants, Martin Williams left to start his own restaurant venture in London, which opened in November 2014. During his tenure, Gaucho successfully positioned itself as the leader in the UK steak restaurants sector through high quality product, décor and service, matched by an exciting, evolving program of both in-restaurant and brand level marketing activity, keeping the brand at the forefront of diners minds for years and making it a favourite with international sporting stars, musicians, actors and socialites alike. Martin’s new venture, called M, is a new dining and drinking concept in the heart of London’s City. Located in a vast and impressive venue, M houses two restaurants, a wine tasting bar, a destination cocktail bar, private dining rooms, event spaces and a secret den. The first solo project from Martin Williams, offering a Tartare and Tiradito


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NEVILLE MOON (speaker & mentor) Neville Moon joined Aryzta Food Solutions in 2012 as Head of Innovation and works for the company’s Coup de Pates brand in Paris, developing new products. Prior to this Neville was Head of Food and Beverage at Caffè Nero where he had responsibility for launching new categories and controlling preparation standards during the rapid expansion of the chain from 2007 to 2012. In the 8 years before Caffè Nero, Neville was Category Development Manager for Bakehouse Ltd which grew strongly to become the largest supplier of bakery ranges to in-store bakeries in the UK. Having experienced life both as a supplier and customer, Neville has a strong passion for great food and a genuine interest in making ideas work in both retail and foodservice environments.


NICCOLA BOYD-STEVENSON (mentor) Niccola Boyd-Stevenson is Managing Director of Panache Consultancy. She has over 25 years experience in the catering industry of which 20 have been focused around the education sector. Niccola started Panache in 1994, with the first client being Homerton College, Cambridge. Prior to Panache, Niccola worked for a contract caterer as Regional Director of Operations, who specialised in education. Niccola has also worked for the Health Service during Compulsive Competitive Tendering. Niccola’s training in catering management took the form of a


National Diploma in Catering Management and then achieved her HCIMA, both at Westminster College, London. Niccola is responsible for all aspects of running the business of Panache Consultancy, including client liaison, business strategy, allocation of consultancy work amongst the team and actively consulting. Niccola has managed reviews, evaluation process and tendering processes on behalf of a growing number of clients over the last 10 years. In June 2013, Niccola became the current Chair of the UK & Ireland division of the FCSI (Foodservice Consultants Society International). Shortly afterwards, she was also awarded a Women 1st Top 100 Shine Award - which is a network of the 100 most influential women in Britain’s hospitality, transport, travel and tourism - for her services in the Hospitality Industry.


PETER DUCKER (speaker & mentor) Peter Ducker FIH has been Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality since 2013. He is a graduate of Oxford Polytechnic (Oxford


Brookes University). During his career he has attained broad, high-level experience in hotel sales, marketing and distribution and held directorships at a number of hospitality companies (Sarova Hotels; President Entertainments; London Park Hotels). He started, run and successfully sold a hotel reservations company Resotel Limited. He was the founding Chairman and later Executive Director of the Hotel Booking Agents Association and has chaired a business measuring the environmental impact of Hotels. He is married with two grown-up daughters.


PETER HALES (mentor) Peter Hales is Managing Director of Managed Hotels. Peter is an experienced operator in the UK&I branded hospitality market with over 20


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