Managing Director, Montgomery Events
Lori Hoinkes is the Managing Director of Montgomery Events, part of Montgomery Group that has been running face-to-face events since 1895. Montgomery is the largest privately owned events business in the UK.
Lori has held senior roles across major manufacturing companies in both Canada and the UK, and more recently co-founded a technology company. Lori has a passion for food and hospitality; the industries which Montgomery Events specialises in, and she is obsessed with all things data and technology.
Chief Executive, Institute of Hospitality
Peter’s entire professional career has been in hospitality. After studying hotel management at Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University), and specialising in Sales, Marketing and Distribution, he served on the boards of both private and public hospitality businesses before launching his own hotel booking company.
After successfully selling his company, he became a marketing and distribution consultant for hoteliers before being appointed Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality in 2013. He has been a member of the Institute throughout his career, and in April 2016 he was awarded with the ‘Major Contribution to Hospitality Award’ from the Bacchus Alumni Awards 2016, by the Oxford Brookes University.
Strategic Advisor & Futurist, SimonStenning.com
With 30+ years’ experience of working in, developing, analysing and commenting on the UK foodservice industry, Simon is acknowledged as the leading analyst of the market today, and recognised as an expert in making sense out of all the data and insight available. This deep understanding of current insight means that Simon is expertly placed to make sense of the Future.
Simon’s career has included working with hospitality and foodservice brands including Forte, Hilton, Albert Roux, Pret A Manger, and Compass Group, in a range of operational, marketing and development roles.
A move into market intelligence started with Allegra Strategies in 2007, before creating Allegra Foodservice within William Reed Business Media in 2013, and then creating and running leading market intelligence business, MCA, from 2014 to 2018.
Simon launched the Future of Foodservice 2030 report in March 2019 analysing all the key trends, macro-factors and drivers of change that will impact the industry over the long term. He now acts as a Strategic Advisor supporting client businesses with foresight from the report, across the whole spectrum of the hospitality and foodservice market.
Co-Founder and Director, HIT Training
Jill is an award-winning Director with a strong bias for growth and commercial success in unreliable market conditions. She has had a varied career, including experience in the not-for-profit and private sectors, and for the last 20 years has worked in the adult education sector specialising in apprenticeships and skills. In 2006, Jill co-founded HIT Training Ltd together with colleagues from a previous company; HIT now employs 400 people and supports over 10,000 apprentices and 3,300 employers a year. HIT Training is listed in the Times Best Companies to Work For and is the Times Education Supplement’s training provider of the year for 2018.
On a personal level, Jill was named Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year for the South East & London and is listed in the Shine Awards 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality.
Jill is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Institute of Hospitality and the Hospitality Professionals Association (HOSPA). When not working, she enjoys skiing, sailing, good food and a nice pint of real ale.
Products and Suppliers Editor, the Caterer
Lisa Jenkins is the products and suppliers editor of The Caterer. Her remit includes writing about all products; food, drink and equipment and all the companies who manufacture, supply and distribute them.
Lisa has been involved in hospitality for most of her life. Her parents managed pubs – and she herself has worked in a few, behind the bar, in the kitchen and front of house.
She has been part of The Caterer team, on and off for over 17 years, and has spent time in hotels too, with a four year sojourn as group events manager at Malmaison and Hotel du Vin including six hotel openings.
Lisa also manages The Caterer’s prestigious Acorn Awards and the Product Excellence Awards.
Hospitality strategist, connector and adviser, eLLIOTTS Agency
Ann has over 30 years’ experience of living and breathing hospitality. She works with businesses to solve strategic questions by focussing on customer needs, cutting through the noise and getting to the crux of an operator challenge. She is fearless in her passion for brands, rooting them firmly at the core of a business in an authentic and meaningful way. Ann understands and loves the industry bringing insight, people and creative solutions together. Supporting and connecting industry leaders and giving them a chance to grow, network and most importantly have a voice is incredibly important to her.
Clients over the last few years have included CDG, All Star Lanes, Marston’s, Carluccio’s, Deliveroo, McCain, Honest Burger, Sodexo, GLH hotels, Morrisons, Wireless Social, The National Union of Students, The Alchemist, Godiva Chocolates, Hawthorn, The Good Egg and many more.
Ann spent the first part of her career with Whitbread where she spent 9 years as Board level Marketing Director with Pizza Hut and then Beefeater. She also spent an invaluable 5 years in Operations, 3 of them as Regional Operations Director with responsibility for 280 pubs. She set up Elliott’s Agency in 2001 which became the leading integrated Marketing Agency in the sector.
She is a NED, a speaker and facilitator, a co-founder of Plan B mentoring, a founder of the Hartwell Dinner Group, an Arena board member, a member of both the UKH events and casual dining committees, an Oxford Brookes Mentor and a regular contributor to Propel events. She is also an Airbnb superhost!
Founder and Managing Director, Hospitality Jobs UK
With over 30 years’ experience within the recruitment industry, Dawn has held Group Recruitment positions for FTSE 100 companies and is Founderand Managing Director of Hospitality Jobs UK, one of the leading and fastestgrowing Hospitality online advertising Job Board across the UK, additionally,Founder and Managing Director of H&R Recruitment, a recruitment agencyproviding both Temporary & Permanent staff for the Hospitality & Retailindustries.
Known as the industry expert and go to person for everythingrecruitment, Dawn regularly speaks at conferences, schools & universities.She is heavily involved in the charity Only a Pavement Away and supports themas their Recruitment Ambassador, she also is a key advisor to the industry andtrading bodies on “anything” recruitment and actively judges at industryawards.
Marketing Director, Hospitality Action
Jeremy heads up marketing at UK industry charity Hospitality Action. Over recent months he has played a key role in delivering Hospitality Action’s Covid emergency response and fundraising campaigns. He has also developed the charities’ wider brand and growth strategy.
Jeremy’s career has included two stints marketing The Caterer magazine and events portfolio including the prestigious Catey Awards, firstly in its Caterer and Hotelkeeper days during the early 2000’s and more recently as part of The Travel Weekly Group.
In between times he worked as a digital marketing specialist for the UK charities WaterAid and Christian Aid helping both organisations develop their digital propositions.