My career in hospitality began at the Lord Raglan pub in the village of Nangreaves nestled in the Pennines overlooking Ramsbottom. There, I worked part time as a waiter, pot washer and eventually chef, whilst I was in full time education. On graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University, I joined Shire Inns, now Daniel Thwaites Hotels as part of the team that opened the North Lakes Hotel in Penrith. My career has spanned nearly 40 years and has taken me all round the country, working in major hotel brands such as Marriott Resorts and Premier Inn through to independent small local pubs. On my travels I have worked in most roles within those establishments, from pot washer and night porter to chef instructor and manager, before settling at Langdale, where I spent 16 years. More recently I have been appoint Professor of Practice at University of Cumbria..
Throughout my career my strengths have always been with food and beverage operations including being involved in opening new restaurants, concepts and refurbishments, culminating in the opening of the Brimstone Hotel, Brimstone Spa and Stove Restaurant & Bar at The Langdale Estate.
I have a passion for sustainability and believe that business needs to operate in a sustainable way in order to survive. This includes financial sustainability which should always be the priority in order to provide a stepping stone to wider sustainability which helps protect our environment and communities.