2018 Speakers

Tim MartinJD Wetherspoon PLC

"The BIG Interview" - 2:30 PM Friday

Tim Martin is the Chairman of JD Wetherspoon Plc.

He was born in 1955 and after attending Nottingham University he founded the first Wetherspoon pub in 1979 at the age of 24.

Wetherspoon floated on the London Stock Market in 1992 with 44 pubs and today it has a total of 884 pubs, including 55 hotels (as at 6.3.18). Tim is married with four children plus four grandchildren

Peter MartinCM&Co

"State of the nation: UK eating out in 2018" - 9:20 AM Friday

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.

Peter, who is a director of CM&Co, a new boutique sector consultancy, has launched and run a raft of business magazines, newsletters and conferences and is probably best known as both co-founder and publisher of the M&C Report newsletter and more recently co-founder of Peach Factory, the specialist media, consultancy, research and events business for the hospitality sector created with partner Christine Martin, and acquired by CGA, the international data, insight and research consultancy, in July 2013.

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.

Jonathan DowneyLondon Union

"Street Life - the changing shape of a big night out" - 9:50 AM Friday

Since leaving his career as a corporate lawyer in 1999, Downey has become a highly influential voice in hospitality – opening over 20 bars, clubs, restaurants and a hotel in London, Ibiza, Chamonix and Melbourne. In 2015 he was named by Debrett’s/Sunday Times as one of the 20 most influential Brits in food and drink and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Spirited Awards in New Orleans.

In 2012 Downey brought his drinks expertise to Street Feast, a street food night market founded in east London. Downey has since organised several events and street food arenas under the Street Feast brand (including Model Market, Dinerama, Hawker House, Giant Robot and Street Feast’s latest market, Public) all over London; taking derelict and disused spaces and filling them with food, booze, music and vibes.

Tom Jackson & Harry BamberCo-Heads of Twisted

"Delivering on the tastes of 10 million consumers" - 10:20 AM Friday

Tom Jackson and Harry Bamber are Co-Heads at Twisted, the viral recipe video channel from Jungle Creations. Boasting over 12.6 million followers across Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, they work with some of the world’s biggest food brands to create recipe videos that gain millions of views, shares and engagements across social media.

Now a renowned name in social media, Twisted has turned its attention to tangible experiences with the launch of a cookbook and the world’s first ever delivery-only restaurant from a social media page ‘Twisted London’.

Angela MalikChef & Entrepreneur

"Food in the 21st Century" - 11:20 AM Friday

Angela Malik’s focus is the future of food. A government adviser, food tech mentor and industry consultant, she’s here to shake things up. Obesity, older people’s diets, food poverty – her goal is to find innovative solutions to the challenges we face as a society.

An entrepreneur who built a deli business and multi-site Asian cookery school, Angela is programme director of prestige contract caterers, Gather & Gather. She was appointed to the London Food Board in 2017, advising Mayor Sadiq Khan on the future food habits of people who live and work in the capital.

Angela is also the first Indian woman to appear on BBC2’s Great British Menu. She was a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet and is frequently invited by ITV and Channel 4 to share her insights into the food industry.

Suzannah Nichol MBEBuild UK

"Catalyst for Change" - 2:00 PM Friday

Inspired by a site visit during a week of work experience I obtained sponsorship from the Lovell Group and a degree in Construction Management & Technology from Liverpool University before working as a site engineer on a major project in London. I subsequently qualified as a health and safety professional gaining the NEBOSH Construction Certificate and Diploma.

I then spent 7 years as the Director of Health and Safety at the Construction Confederation before moving to head up the NSCC, leading the drive for improved payment practices. I was awarded an MBE in 2005 and in 2015 led the merger between NSCC and UKCG creating Build UK, the largest trade body within the construction sector.

Richard WestRWA

Hosting Thursday / Friday Dinners
"The Need For Focus" - 3:15 PM Friday

Richard West is a highly acclaimed international Professional Motivational Speaker. A lifetime spent in motorsport, Formula 1® motor racing and international commerce enables him to speak from first hand business and sporting experience on the subjects of:

  • Creating and Maintaining High Performing Business Teams.
  • Creating and Managing Change.
  • The Attributes of Leadership.

Additionally he provides bespoke learning and development programmes, presentation skills coaching and compères major award ceremonies and gala dinners. He is a ‘Visiting Fellow’ of Cranfield School of Management in the UK, a published business author and holds The Freedom to the City of London.

Nigel BardenFood & Drink Broadcaster

"Tasting Food Innovation" - 4:15 PM Friday

Nigel Barden is a food & drink broadcaster, who works with Simon Mayo & previously Chris Evans, on their Sony Gold award winning BBC Radio 2 shows & is the food correspondent for BBC London. He specialises in promoting British ingredients & artisan producers, particularly in his role as chairman of judges for The Great Taste Awards, Farm Shop & Deli Awards, World Cheese Awards, British Cookery School Awards & host of the National Fish & Chip Awards.

He works with CellarVie Wines, who run the RFU wine club & in a former life Nigel was a director of Yorkshire Fine Wines, based at Nun Monkton near York. He grew up on a farm in Lancashire, studied land agency at Cirencester’s Royal Agricultural College & worked in Yorkshire as a land agent. He has a Sicilian wife & 3 boys under 19. Nigel’s also a BBC rugby commentator & trained & worked as an actor