Propel Multi Club – Female leaders and entrepreneurs

Propel Multi Club ~ Female leaders and entrepreneursThis event is organised in partnership with Ann Elliott, 
portfolio non-executive director and chairThursday 20 June 2024 ~ Millennium Gloucester Hotels, London Kensington


Operators of multi-site companies can claim three free places by emailing Kai Kirkman on:



9.00am-9.45am: Registration and coffee

9.45am-10.15am: Melissa Wisdom, chief commercial officer at Stonegate, talks about her own journey to the board of Stonegate, the move from supplier to operator and her observations and learnings along the way.

10.15am-10.45am: Operators panel: Ann Elliott talks to Angelina Harrison, brand director at Tossed and NED at Megan’s, Susan Chappell, divisional director, at Mitchells & Butlers, Kate Eastwood, managing director of Lounge, and Amber Wood, chief operating officer at New World Trading Company, about the role of operations in the sector and how to be an exceptional ops leader in turbulent times.

10.45am-11.15am: Fiona Hathorn, chief executive of Women on Boards, advisory panel member for the Financial Reporting Council, advisor to Peel Hunt, discusses the pathways for women to reach board level in hospitality.

11.15am-11.45am: Entrepreneurs panel: Buns from Home chief executive Shereen Ritchie talks to Sunaina Sethi, co-founder JKS restaurants, Eadaoin McDonagh, chief operating officer White Rabbit projects and managing director of Lina Stores, and Rose Hood, founder of Farm Girl, about the joys and challenges of being an entrepreneur and their advice to others looking to launch a business in the hospitality sector.

11.45am-12.00pm: Buns from Home chief executive Shereen Ritchie discusses leadership, inspiration and motivation.

12.00pm-1.00pm: Lunch

1.00pm-1.30pm: Mallika Basu, food and drink industry commentator, food entrepreneur and the author of two cookbooks, talks about the importance of self-belief in achieving personal goals and ambitions..

1.30pm-2.00pm: Chairs and non-executive directors panel: Ann Elliott talks to Jane O’Riordan, chair of Caravan, and Helen Jones, non-executive director at Fuller’s, about their journeys to joining the board and their advice to others wanting to explore the same career path.

2.00pm-2.30pm: Emma Woods, chair of Tortilla, and Paula MacKenzie, chief executive at PizzaExpress, present their unique take on female leadership life-hacks life, providing down to earth and invaluable advice for ambitious women in our sector at different stages of their careers.

2.30pm-3.00pm: Coffee Break

3.00pm-3.30pm: Debbie Husband, managing director of The Big Table Group’s Leisure Division, talks about loving the opportunity and freedom to make positive changes in her role and the impact those changes are making on business performance.

3.30pm-4.00pm: Chief executives and managing directors panel: Shereen Ritchie discusses the skills required to run a sector business, looking to inspire and motivate others with Olivia Immesi, chief executive of Native Places, Sophia Handschuh, chief executive of Sourdough Pizza, and Antonia Jackson, managing director of The Bon Vivant Group.

4.00pm-4.30pm: Start-up panel: Three women entrepreneurs who have started a food business thanks to the Kerb incubator programme talk about their experiences so far. They are: Carly Wan of Homeland, Amani AL-Sitrawi of Amani Kitchen, and Lily Smith of STAKEhaus.

4.30pm-5.00pm: Marketing panel: Ann Elliott talks about the role of today’s marketers on hospitality boards and how they should be the driving force of business success with Andreia Harwood, marketing director at Wingstop, Joanna Richardson, marketing director Heartwood, Rebecca Di Mambro, marketing director at Popeyes, and Michelle Farrell, sales and marketing director at Nightcap.

5.00pm-5.30pm: Clair Preston-Beer, managing director Greene King, talks about how to be an energetic leader, thrive on challenges and recognise opportunities to broaden personal experience and skills.

Operators of multi-site companies can claim three free places by emailing Kai Kirkman on:

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With Grateful thanks to our Sponsors

Propel Multi club sponsors