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David Murdin David joined Whitbread in 2011 as Marketing Director, and has led a successful re-positioning of Whitbread’s restaurant portfolio, including the development and rollout of a new brand proposition for Beefeater. David joined Whitbread from Sky where he’d held the position of Marketing Director for Sky Sports. David moved into a new role as COO, Brand Developments in Whitbread last Autumn, and now leads a Brand Development team developing new formats and brands to secure further market share in the UK restaurants sector. Tis includes the recent launch of Bar + Block: a high street steak format currently located in the hearts of Birmingham and London (Kings Cross).


Management and Business Development. He has held a variety of Commercial positions whilst working with some of the Industry’s leading hotel operators including IHG and Hilton Worldwide; the most recent being Assistant Director of Revenue Management for Hilton Worldwide – Europe. Krupesh’s Revenue Management career has seen him successfully manage a diverse range of business models across Europe to include key London hotels and European Leisure resorts.


Jane Pendlebury Jane Pendlebury is HOSPA’s CEO having previously run the membership and events office. Jane has been in the industry for all her career both operationally within hotels and in the supply of systems to the industry. HOSPA


Worldwide. She has worked in the hospitality industry for 20 years. Kathryn was inducted in to the “Women 1st Top 100 club” which recognises female talent in the tourism sector. Kathryn also chairs the Hospitality Trailblazer in the UK, a collaborative group of employers and stakeholders from the sector who have developed seven new government approved apprenticeship standards and continue to work together to spearhead sustainable apprenticeship strategies.


Simona Pop Simona Pop is Head of Partnerships & Global Communication at InstaSupply, but is most definitely not your typical procurement professional. Her background, before joining InstaSupply, is in sales and events. She’s one of a new breed of professionals involved in procurement and supply chain, who believes


Sue Pittock Sue is the CEO of Remit Training, She is professionally qualified with a post graduate MBA and has previously assumed leadership positions, which have benefitted from her drive and passion by putting the learner at the heart of the business. Sue has a proven track record of successfully driving material business improvements which have resulted in significant growth in revenue and profits. Sue believes these successes are achieved by inspiring people and creating a strong culture of teamwork.


Krupesh Patel Krupesh Patel is Senior Commercial Director of Michels and Taylor. Troughout his impressive career, Krupesh has acquired a wealth of knowledge in Front Office systems, Revenue


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is the Hospitality Industry’s Professional Association specialising in areas of Finance, Technology and Revenue Management and also manages the Hotel Marketing Association.


Kathryn Porter Kathryn Porter is the director of youth strategy for Europe, Middle East and Africa, at Hilton


change is on the horizon, and that it can’t come soon enough. “Tere is step-change coming in procurement, and the change is going to be keenly felt in the procurement technology and software industry. But for this change to take effect, it needs support on both sides of the aisle – buyer and supplier.”


Kellie Rixon MBE Kelly was group People development director with De Vere hotels and Macdonald Hotels and more recently started her own consultancy working with hospitality businesses moving through change. She has a fellowship from


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