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years’ experience. Before joining M&T, he was an Area Director for IHG, running 12 of their hotels in the South of England and then running their 8 key hotels in London including the world’s largest Holiday Inn in Cromwell Road. Prior to IHG, he spent a number of years at Hilton where he managed the 300 bedroom Hilton Brighton Metropole and 5 Hiltons across the M4 corridor. Peter brings his wealth of experience to the M&T managed hotel division where, as MD, he is responsible for ensuring the hotels optimise their profits for their owners and, with the M&T operational team, are run professionally and efficiently.


RICK PULLAN (mentor) With over 35 years business experience working at Director and Owner level in both client and service industries Rick Pullan has a 360 degree view of business. Following graduation from Sheffield University Rick rose through Mars & Glaxo sales and marketing roles before becoming UK Marketing Director for Alberto VO5 and then Managing Director in South East Asia. Rick launched TBDA (True Business Data Activation) in the mid 1990s. “We are ‘profit detectives investigating data’ and for the last twenty years have helped both large and small corporate clients make the most of their customer data and crm assets to deliver their KPIs of commercial success” says Rick. He is a founding member of the DMA UK (Direct Marketing Association) and a long standing member of the Marketing Society.


SHANE HOLLAND (speaker) Board representative for England, is the Principle of a Management Consulting Company, and he has previously both run and owned, restaurants, bars and a boutique


hotel. Shane has held Chair positions in a number of very large NFPs and membership organisations, in particular in regards to our most vulnerable citizens, and their issues of food poverty and food skills, education, offending, and access to service. He currently Chairs two special Schools, Chairs the London Special Governors Association and sits on the National Governors Association SEN Panel. He regularly meets with civil servants from the Ministry of Justice, Department for Education and Department for Health. He is the group leader for Slow Food London.


SIMON ROGAN (speaker) Described by many as a true culinary heavyweight, Simon Rogan was born in Southampton in 1967, and educated at Southampton Technical College. During his early career he has worked alongside a number of culinary greats including Jean-Christophe Novelli, Kieth Floyd, Alain Senderens, John Burton-Race and Marco Pierre White. Simon and his partner Penny Tapsell opened L’Enclume, a restaurant with rooms, in Cartmel, in the southern Lake District, in 2002, followed by Rogan & Co, also in Cartmel, in May 2008, his first foray into the more informal dining market. Since 2009, Simon has had his own natural farm just outside Cartmel. In addition to vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers, he also keeps special breed Speckled Moram chickens, sheep, cattle and bees. Simon also established Aulis, his research and design facility adjacent to L’Enclume, which allows the chefs to develop


STEPHEN McMANUS (mentor) A quality led Hospitality professional who has worked across a wide range of businesses including Hotels Restaurants, Golf resorts, Major events, Michelin star restaurants, leisure sites and visitor attractions. Stephen started his career with Forte Hotels at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, followed by the Café Royal where he was General Manager before working in other properties in London. He was promoted to Managing Director of the Forte Events and Outdoor Catering division before being involved in an MBO from Forte to Sodexo. He then became a main board Director of Sodexho a global catering organization, responsible for the “Prestige division” across the world. Stephen left Sodexo to set up his own business which provides consultancy in the areas of Business planning, revenue generation, Food and Beverage concept design, margin control, mystery shopper programs and business mentoring. Clients in the past have included IHG, Blue Group, Gleneagles, Hambrough group, RHS, Peel Hotels, Duelling Piano Bars, Rugby World Cup, Olympics and Commonwealth Games organizing committees.


STEVE CASH (mentor) Steve Cash is the owner and founder of Yuzu Hospitality, a bar and restaurant consultancy service. A senior manager in the pub & restaurant industry with over 30 years experience and a successful track record of achieving results through people and quality. He has significant


new dishes and recipes. The space also has a six-seat private dining table where guests are treated to bespoke menus. Roganic was a two-year ‘pop-up’ restaurant in Marylebone, London, which opened in June 2011 (closed June 2013, as planned at the end of its lease). In September 2012, Simon also acquired the local Cartmel village pub, The Pig & Whistle. Simon launched two restaurants at The Midland Hotel in Manchester in 2013 - The French and a second dining room and bar, Mr Cooper’s House & Garden. Simon’s new restaurant, Fera at Claridge’s, opened in May 2014. The name Fera, which means ‘wild’ in Latin, reflects both the primal influence of nature and the highly seasonal ingredients used in Rogan’s cooking. The restaurant has 90 seats and a private dining room that accommodates twelve.


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