Propel Multi-Club – Female leaders & entrepreneurs

Propel Multi Club – Female leaders & entrepreneurs: thriving in the new world of hospitality & leisure


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10.00am-10.30am: Sarah Willingham, founder of Nightcap, acquirer of drinks-led businesses including London Cocktail Club and Adventure Bar, will be answering questions about her life and learnings as an entrepreneur, how they helped her create Nightcap and where she sees opportunities in the market over the next three years.

10.30am-11.00am: Dorothy Purdew, OBE, the lady behind the Champneys brand and at the forefront of change in the spa industry, talks about how she started the business in 1981, how she built it into the success it is today and how she remains as passionate and excited about the future now as she did 40 years ago.

11.00am-11.30am: Zuleika Fennell, managing director of Corbin & King, talks about leading a business created by iconic business figures, building on the values and aspirations of founders, the benefits of having a background in HR over the last two years and her optimism for the future.

11.30am-12.00pm: Lessons from entrepreneurs – keeping optimistic over the pandemic and building back business. Ann Elliott talks to Chantelle Nicholson, chef patron at Tredwells, Grace Regan, founder of SpiceBox and Louise Palmer-Masterton, founder of Stem & Glory.

12.00pm-1.00pm: Lunch

1.00pm-1.30pm: Anna Garood, a relentless and serial entrepreneur. From music promoter to growing PoNaNa into an international brand, currently co-owner of The Coconut Tree, talks about her learnings, along with the highs and lows of an entrepreneurial life.

1.30pm-2.00pm: How to start a business from scratch. Ann Elliott talks to Laura Morris, co-founder of Yard & Coop, Bharti Radix, founder of BloomsYard and Judy Joo, Korean-American executive chef, restauranteur, TV chef, and founder of Seoul Bird.

2.00pm-2.30pm: Carol Welch, managing director UKI and commercial officer Odeon Cinema Group (Europe) and non-executive director of Hammerson, discusses her career in retail, FMCG and coffee before joining Odeon as managing director in 2017, her learnings along the way and her plans for the Odeon brand over the next five years.

2.30pm-3.00pm: Coffee Break

3.00pm-3.30pm: Resh Sonchhatla and Heena Varambhia, founders of Chapati Club in Acton talk about their experience of building a successful restaurant business from scratch and expanding it into a delivery operation – all with no previous experience!

3.30pm-4.00pm: Regina Borda, managing director at Pizza Hut Europe, UK and Canada, talks about the brand, its development internationally, its future strategy and working with entrepreneurs and franchisees to maintain its growth and success.

4.00pm-4.30pm: Dulcie Swanston MBA business coach and mentor, and author of It’s Not Bloody Rocket Science, and founder of Tea Break Training and Mum’s Taxis, leads a session on being a great leader in a time of change.

4.30pm-5.00pm: Panel Discussion: Leaders and mentoring – Romy Miller, marketing and commercial director at GAIL’s Bakery, Shereen Ritchie, formerly managing director of Leon UK, Claire Morris, global marketing head at Sodexo and Celia Pronto, managing director of Love Home Swap, talk about developing and harnessing talent.


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