2019 Speakers

Peter Martin

CM & Co

David McDowall

CEO-Retail BrewDog

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Kate Nicholls

CEO, UKHospitality

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Stephen Haynes

Head of Programme, Mates in Mind

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“State of the Nation: UK eating out in 2019”
9:10am

Peter Martin is one of the most authoritative and influential commentators on the eating and drinking out sector, with some 35 years experience as columnist, editor, media owner, market analyst and board consultant.

He is now strategic adviser to a number of companies, including CGA, with whom he continues to work closely. He is an adviser to YFood, organizer of London Food Tech Week, and is currently working with Harri and Orderscape,
two US-based tech enterprises in the hospitality space, now breaking into the UK market.

In 2016 he won the Special Achievement Award from Eat Out magazine, and in 2018 the Special Award at the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards.

Head-to-Head interview
9:40am

David McDowall is CEO-Retail at BrewDog, which now has over 80 locations around the globe, leading the day to day operations and strategic growth of the business as it continues its rapid growth pattern. David has led the charge as BrewDog has built its UK and international retail estate and steers a passionate team who lead the business into its second decade with some audacious and ambitious plans!

“The State of Brexit”
10:25am

Kate Nicholls was appointed CEO of UKHospitality, the powerful voice representing the broad hospitality sector, in April 2018, having previously worked as CEO and Strategic Affairs Director of the ALMR.

In April 2018, Kate was also appointed Chair of the Mayor of London’s Night Time Commission to provide the Mayor with independent advice on London at night. Kate is also a member of the Events Industry Board, London Food Board, Tourism Industry Council, Cultural Cities Enquiry and London & Partners Members Group. In February 2019, Kate joined the Advisory Board for the Institute for Industrial Strategy.

After gaining a degree in English and a post-graduate diploma in competition law, Kate worked as a researcher in the House of Commons and European Parliament before joining Whitbread as Government Relations Manager, starting her career in hospitality in 1993. Kate was Director at one of the largest independent public affairs companies, working with a number of hospitality, retail and leisure accounts before establishing her own strategic communications consultancy in 2000. She is a graduate of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Kings College London.

ceda Presentation
10:55am

Stephen is the Head of Programme for Mates in Mind. He is a specialist in the design, implementation and management of workplace health & wellbeing programmes and co-founder of the C3 Workplace Health Movement, a global networking body of HR and workplace health professionals. Stephen is also an advisor to the Mayor of London’s Healthy Workplace Charter as well as an assessor of London based organisations, examining and advising on the Healthy Workplace Charter standards.

Victoria Albrecht

Springbok AI

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Andrew Archer

Dewberry Redpoint

Marcel Khan

CEO, Thunderbird Fried Chicken

Jamie Barber

Serial Restaurateur and Entrepreneur

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“Preparing for an automated future”
11:45am

Victoria is a serial entrepreneur from Germany. She worked at yfood as Creative Director, managing over 100 conferences and consulting projects with companies like Mars, the Jamie Oliver Group, Tesco and Tyson Foods. At 24, she then joined the Silicon Valley-backed leading Conversational AI startup “Rasa” as the 5th employee. In 2017, she founded Springbok AI, a leading boutique Artificial Intelligence consultancy. Her team of 40 world-class academic talent applies  cutting-edge research to deliver intelligent automation and insight software to global businesses like Henkel and Hogan Lovells.

“Focus on the Public Sector”
12:15pm

More than 30 years in media, business information and events have given Andrew Archer a broad understanding of how to supply and support multiple industries. Originally in the IT media sector he has worked in multiple industries including automotive, music and national newspapers before entering the foodservice industry in 2001 with Restaurant magazine. In 2008 Andrew joined Dewberry Redpoint as Sales Director before becoming Managing Director in 2009 and acquiring the business from GlobalData PLC in October 2018.

“The art of the roll-out”
12:45pm

Spending six years as Operations and Brand Development Director for Five Guys Europe, Marcel launched the US’s fastest growing restaurant chain in the UK, France, Spain and Germany. He oversaw over 90 restaurants including what would become eight of the company’s best-performing outlets in the world.

Before Five Guys, Marcel was Regional MD for Nando’s UK for almost a decade where he helped the brand grow from 42 to over 260 sites and became the company’s top internal management developer.

Prior to his time at Nando’s, Marcel held various operational managerial roles at UK restaurant chains including Loch Fyne, the Belgo Group, and Planet Hollywood.

Now serving as CEO of Thunderbird Fried Chicken, the TriSpan backed dynamic street-food to high street restaurant project undergoing expansion, Marcel continues to take on new challenges.

The BIG Interview
2:15pm

Jamie is a serial Restaurateur and Entrepreneur.

Having owned and operated many restaurant brands in the UK, including Kitchen Italia, Villandry and Sake No Hana, he is currently the co-founder and CEO of Hush Restaurants and Cabana, and co-CEO of Haché Burgers.

Many will know and recognise Jamie as an investor on the BBC’s ‘Million Pound Menu’ where street food concepts compete for investment and mentorship from leading figures in the restaurant industry.

In recognition of the contribution Barber has made to the restaurant business, he was nominated at the Tatler Restaurant Awards for “Outstanding Contribution to London Restaurants.”

BJ Cunningham

Serial Entrepreneur

Martin Vander Weyer

Business Editor, The Spectator

Chris Brazier

Group Event Director, Commercial Kitchen

Alan Paton

Craft Guild of Chefs

“Profiting from the truth”
3:00pm

Whilst still a teenager BJ Cunningham started his first enterprise, importing classic cars and Harley Davidsons from LA to London. When the market collapsed, he used his considerable debt to launch DEATH Cigarettes – positioned as ‘The Honest Smoke’. It gained such a foothold that BJ found himself taking on the combined might of the industry in the European Court of Justice.

With a growing reputation for challenging norms, BJ set up a brand marketing agency and built a client list including Volkswagen, B&O and Nokia. Having sold the company and proved his credentials as a true serial entrepreneur, he and his wife created and ran the luxury shoe designer Georgina Goodman until its acquisition by venture capitalists.

BJ is a Visiting Professor at Brighton University, serves on the council of Business Superbrands and travels the world giving inspiring keynote presentations. He believes that while customers are magnetised towards ‘need’ over ‘want’ in the wake of recession, genuine premium will remain resilient: “Loyalty in business is a long-term relationship, discounting is little more than a one-night stand.”

BJ’s message is that a brand is a promise, not a logo; it’s about depth, not awareness. A business must know what it stands for, say it with clarity and do what it says. With wonderfully engaging examples, he shows that customers want to understand the authentic soul of the organisation and become part of your community.

“Brexit: what next?”
4:15pm

Martin Vander Weyer is Business Editor of The Spectator, the world’s oldest weekly current affairs magazine. He is also a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, Literary Review and other national publications.

Before turning his hand to journalism, Martin spent 15 years as an investment banker in London, Brussels and the Far East – including a spell in Malaysia privatising an airline.

A highly experienced commentator rather than a technical economist, Martin agrees that a shift of resources from the bloated public sector to a more responsive private sector should bear fruit. But he also believes there are many in the City who should examine their consciences.

Martin is a Trustee of Opera North, and has written and performed in several plays. Amongst other titles he is also the author of Falling Eagle: the decline of Barclays Bank, Fortune’s Spear, and a collection of columns and articles, Any Other Business: Life in and Out of the City.

Thursday & Friday Dinner Host

Chris Brazier is Group Event Director for three industry leading trade shows. He works with an amazing team of people across lunch! – the contemporary food to go show, Casual Dining – the UK’s dedicated trade event for the branded restaurant and pub sector, and Commercial Kitchen – the essential industry event for buyers involved in equipping and running innovative and efficient commercial kitchens.

Chris lives near the South Downs with his partner Rachel and their young family.

Friday Gala Dinner Chefs

Alan is a well-known figure in the industry and an active committee member of the Craft Guild of Chefs and of The Master Chefs of Great Britain and works with Springboard Futurechef. Using his 30 plus years of experience he loves mentoring and bringing on the next generation of chefs. Outside of this he runs his own chef consultant company Paton & Co.

Alan has been involved with the preparation of the Thursday night dinner at the ceda Conference for the last four years. This year, he will lead a team made up of James Carn, Michael Eyre, Tracy Pereira and Matt Wilby, to create the menu for the Friday night Gala Dinner & Grand Prix Awards!

Peter Martin

CM & Co

“State of the Nation: UK eating out in 2019”
9:10am

Peter Martin is one of the most authoritative and influential commentators on the eating and drinking out sector, with some 35 years experience as columnist, editor, media owner, market analyst and board consultant.

He is now strategic adviser to a number of companies, including CGA, with whom he continues to work closely. He is an adviser to YFood, organizer of London Food Tech Week, and is currently working with Harri and Orderscape,
two US-based tech enterprises in the hospitality space, now breaking into the UK market.

In 2016 he won the Special Achievement Award from Eat Out magazine, and in 2018 the Special Award at the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards.

David McDowall

CEO-Retail BrewDog

Head-to-Head interview
9:40am

David McDowall is CEO-Retail at BrewDog, which now has over 80 locations around the globe, leading the day to day operations and strategic growth of the business as it continues its rapid growth pattern. David has led the charge as BrewDog has built its UK and international retail estate and steers a passionate team who lead the business into its second decade with some audacious and ambitious plans!

Kate Nicholls

CEO, UKHospitality

“The State of Brexit”
10:25am

Kate Nicholls was appointed CEO of UKHospitality, the powerful voice representing the broad hospitality sector, in April 2018, having previously worked as CEO and Strategic Affairs Director of the ALMR.

In April 2018, Kate was also appointed Chair of the Mayor of London’s Night Time Commission to provide the Mayor with independent advice on London at night. Kate is also a member of the Events Industry Board, London Food Board, Tourism Industry Council, Cultural Cities Enquiry and London & Partners Members Group. In February 2019, Kate joined the Advisory Board for the Institute for Industrial Strategy.

After gaining a degree in English and a post-graduate diploma in competition law, Kate worked as a researcher in the House of Commons and European Parliament before joining Whitbread as Government Relations Manager, starting her career in hospitality in 1993. Kate was Director at one of the largest independent public affairs companies, working with a number of hospitality, retail and leisure accounts before establishing her own strategic communications consultancy in 2000. She is a graduate of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Kings College London.

Stephen Haynes

Head of Programme, Mates in Mind

ceda Presentation
10:55am

Stephen is the Head of Programme for Mates in Mind. He is a specialist in the design, implementation and management of workplace health & wellbeing programmes and co-founder of the C3 Workplace Health Movement, a global networking body of HR and workplace health professionals. Stephen is also an advisor to the Mayor of London’s Healthy Workplace Charter as well as an assessor of London based organisations, examining and advising on the Healthy Workplace Charter standards.

Victoria Albrecht

Springbok AI

“Preparing for an automated future”
11:45am

Victoria is a serial entrepreneur from Germany. She worked at yfood as Creative Director, managing over 100 conferences and consulting projects with companies like Mars, the Jamie Oliver Group, Tesco and Tyson Foods. At 24, she then joined the Silicon Valley-backed leading Conversational AI startup “Rasa” as the 5th employee. In 2017, she founded Springbok AI, a leading boutique Artificial Intelligence consultancy. Her team of 40 world-class academic talent applies  cutting-edge research to deliver intelligent automation and insight software to global businesses like Henkel and Hogan Lovells.

Andrew Archer

Dewberry Redpoint

“Focus on the Public Sector”
12:15pm

More than 30 years in media, business information and events have given Andrew Archer a broad understanding of how to supply and support multiple industries. Originally in the IT media sector he has worked in multiple industries including automotive, music and national newspapers before entering the foodservice industry in 2001 with Restaurant magazine. In 2008 Andrew joined Dewberry Redpoint as Sales Director before becoming Managing Director in 2009 and acquiring the business from GlobalData PLC in October 2018.

Marcel Khan

CEO, Thunderbird Fried Chicken

“The art of the roll-out”
12:45pm

Spending six years as Operations and Brand Development Director for Five Guys Europe, Marcel launched the US’s fastest growing restaurant chain in the UK, France, Spain and Germany. He oversaw over 90 restaurants including what would become eight of the company’s best-performing outlets in the world.

Before Five Guys, Marcel was Regional MD for Nando’s UK for almost a decade where he helped the brand grow from 42 to over 260 sites and became the company’s top internal management developer.

Prior to his time at Nando’s, Marcel held various operational managerial roles at UK restaurant chains including Loch Fyne, the Belgo Group, and Planet Hollywood.

Now serving as CEO of Thunderbird Fried Chicken, the TriSpan backed dynamic street-food to high street restaurant project undergoing expansion, Marcel continues to take on new challenges.

Jamie Barber

Serial Restaurateur and Entrepreneur

The BIG Interview
2:15pm

Jamie is a serial Restaurateur and Entrepreneur.

Having owned and operated many restaurant brands in the UK, including Kitchen Italia, Villandry and Sake No Hana, he is currently the co-founder and CEO of Hush Restaurants and Cabana, and co-CEO of Haché Burgers.

Many will know and recognise Jamie as an investor on the BBC’s ‘Million Pound Menu’ where street food concepts compete for investment and mentorship from leading figures in the restaurant industry.

In recognition of the contribution Barber has made to the restaurant business, he was nominated at the Tatler Restaurant Awards for “Outstanding Contribution to London Restaurants.”

BJ Cunningham

Serial Entrepreneur

“Profiting from the truth”
3:00pm

Whilst still a teenager BJ Cunningham started his first enterprise, importing classic cars and Harley Davidsons from LA to London. When the market collapsed, he used his considerable debt to launch DEATH Cigarettes – positioned as ‘The Honest Smoke’. It gained such a foothold that BJ found himself taking on the combined might of the industry in the European Court of Justice.

With a growing reputation for challenging norms, BJ set up a brand marketing agency and built a client list including Volkswagen, B&O and Nokia. Having sold the company and proved his credentials as a true serial entrepreneur, he and his wife created and ran the luxury shoe designer Georgina Goodman until its acquisition by venture capitalists.

BJ is a Visiting Professor at Brighton University, serves on the council of Business Superbrands and travels the world giving inspiring keynote presentations. He believes that while customers are magnetised towards ‘need’ over ‘want’ in the wake of recession, genuine premium will remain resilient: “Loyalty in business is a long-term relationship, discounting is little more than a one-night stand.”

BJ’s message is that a brand is a promise, not a logo; it’s about depth, not awareness. A business must know what it stands for, say it with clarity and do what it says. With wonderfully engaging examples, he shows that customers want to understand the authentic soul of the organisation and become part of your community.

Martin Vander Weyer

Business Editor, The Spectator

“Brexit: what next?”
4:15pm

Martin Vander Weyer is Business Editor of The Spectator, the world’s oldest weekly current affairs magazine. He is also a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, Literary Review and other national publications.

Before turning his hand to journalism, Martin spent 15 years as an investment banker in London, Brussels and the Far East – including a spell in Malaysia privatising an airline.

A highly experienced commentator rather than a technical economist, Martin agrees that a shift of resources from the bloated public sector to a more responsive private sector should bear fruit. But he also believes there are many in the City who should examine their consciences.

Martin is a Trustee of Opera North, and has written and performed in several plays. Amongst other titles he is also the author of Falling Eagle: the decline of Barclays Bank, Fortune’s Spear, and a collection of columns and articles, Any Other Business: Life in and Out of the City.

Chris Brazier

Group Event Director, Commercial Kitchen

Thursday & Friday Dinner Host

Chris Brazier is Group Event Director for three industry leading trade shows. He works with an amazing team of people across lunch! – the contemporary food to go show, Casual Dining – the UK’s dedicated trade event for the branded restaurant and pub sector, and Commercial Kitchen – the essential industry event for buyers involved in equipping and running innovative and efficient commercial kitchens.

Chris lives near the South Downs with his partner Rachel and their young family.

Alan Paton

Craft Guild of Chefs

Friday Gala Dinner Chefs

Alan is a well-known figure in the industry and an active committee member of the Craft Guild of Chefs and of The Master Chefs of Great Britain and works with Springboard Futurechef. Using his 30 plus years of experience he loves mentoring and bringing on the next generation of chefs. Outside of this he runs his own chef consultant company Paton & Co.

Alan has been involved with the preparation of the Thursday night dinner at the ceda Conference for the last four years. This year, he will lead a team made up of James Carn, Michael Eyre, Tracy Pereira and Matt Wilby, to create the menu for the Friday night Gala Dinner & Grand Prix Awards!