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experience of growing and evolving brands (including Harvester restaurants and Vintage Inns) with responsibility for large scale capex and change programmes.

STUART ROSENBLAT (mentor) Stuart has been working in the drinks industry for over 20 years within varied styles of outlets. Stuart’s early years was working in seaside hotels and then Tenerife nightclubs, but got himself to London and built his professional skills managing the infamous Met Bar, Metropolitan Hotel, producing classic drinks for A list celeb’s and Royalty. His Operational and Training skills have led him to set up and manage high-end establishments including, Met Bangkok,

qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1980. In recent years he has chaired the Central London Branch of the RICS, and is currently Chairman of the London Regional Board of the RICS.

JEREMY BLAKE (mentor & speaker) Jeremy’s expertise with listed buildings is combined with a much sought-after specialism in hotel and spa design, and a strong commitment to sustainability infuses all of his projects. Whether the project involves converting a historic listed building for hotel use or constructing a new design, he is able to demonstrate that sustainability makes practical and economic sense. While in his element working in constrained situations with listed and other sensitive buildings, Jeremy also enjoys the challenge of delivering environmentally responsible extensions and alterations.

Mandeville Hotel, Intercontinental Park Lane. More recently working with Molson Coors, training staff and consumers in the love of beer & food, although his passion has always been for the classic cocktails and the belief that you don’t have to be a 5 star hotel to offer 5 star drinks and service.

CHRIS DAY (speaker) Chris Day joined Christie + Co in 1985 and, having worked in the Manchester, Birmingham and London Offices, was appointed Managing Director in 1993. He has overall responsibility for all Christie + Co’s specialist transactional and advisory activities. Chris has overseen the successful expansion of Christie + Co into a truly global firm, which currently has 29 offices throughout Europe. Based in the London office, Chris has particular

responsibility for our UK operations and travels regularly across Europe. He specialises in the sale and valuation of hotels, public houses and restaurants and has led teams handling numerous disposal and valuation assignments for many high profile clients. Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC). He commenced his career in the property profession in 1975,

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LEE HOWARD (speaker) Regional Director for the Midlands and Anglia offices of Christie + Co with overall responsibility for the development of both the Agency and Valuation business within the Hospitality and leisure sectors throughout the region. With over 23 years experience in the property sector Lee joined Christie + Co in 2001 and has managed a number of Christie + Co offices including Birmingham, Ipswich and Nottingham, Lee was appointed a Director in 2005 and has been involved in number of high profile deals and has a vast amount of experience across Christie + Co’s specialist sectors. Lee has also overseen the Regional involvement over a number of high profile hotel deals such as the LRG and QHM portfolios.

SIMON CHAPMAN (speaker) With over 30 years’ experience in the pub and restaurant market, Simon heads our Corporate Restaurant division, having originally joined Christie+Co in 1983. Based out of London, Simon works with major restaurant operators throughout the UK co-ordinating our restaurant activity with sales and acquisitions. Past activity includes the sale of 28 sites for Paramount Restaurants to the likes of Prezzo, Gondola and Costa,

acquisitions for The Restaurant Group and handling the letting of 48 former Little Chef units around the country for Travelodge. This year Simon has handled the sale of a number of high profile individual sites including the Albannach Restaurant in Trafalgar Square London, a leasehold site which sold for in excess of £1 million pounds.

CLINTON PRITCHARD (mentor & speaker) Clinton has over 30 years experience designing bars, restaurants, gyms, hotels, shops, offices and apartments. Trained as an interior designer in the 1980’s he has also worked at some of the biggest design agencies in the UK before founding his first design consultancy in 1998. Clinton then went on to establish MASS Designers in 2007, with a small but experienced and dedicated team, in order to exploit a more personalised and tailored design service, for a variety of different clients, some of whom still remain with him today. As principal of Mass Designers, Clinton’s specialisations include; client relationship management/ product and brand evolution/ brand name generation/ brand identity development/ product & service evaluation/ perception manipulation/ interior concept development/ fitting-out implementation Clinton is primarily concerned with creating real value and many of Mass Designers projects feature bespoke and unique ideas, adding ‘distinction’ and ‘personality’ to the built environment. Clinton travels widely to trade fairs and conferences, contributing and exchanging ideas with international delegates and has contributed to a number of specialist and trade publications and design review panels.

MICHAEL PATTON (mentor & speaker) Michael has held a number of senior positions in the Private Equity and Investment Banking industries. Prior to co-founding Oakfield Capital Partners LLP, Michael was CEO of the J. Rothschild family office, responsible for the commercial oversight of Lord Rothschild’s investments, with a particular focus on his private market deals. Previously, he was co-head of the growth private equity business at Deutsche Bank and a director at Providence Equity Partners. Michael also worked in M&A advisory at Morgan Stanley within the Engineering, Healthcare and Real Estate groups. Michael has a first class MA in Electronic and Information Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD.

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