Talent & Training Conference 2023

Talent & Training Conference 2023One Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EATo Book Places: Tickets are £295+VAT for operators, £395+VAT for suppliers. Email: kai.kirkman@propelinfo.com to book places
9.30am – 10.00am: Registration

10.00am – 10.30am: KAM managing director Katy Moses shares exclusive research on the key trends impacting the sector’s ability to recruit and retain staff. 

10.30am – 11.00am: Jordan Moore, head of talent at Gail’s, on recruitment campaign based around enjoying working in hospitality while having a work-life balance, called “The Early Bird Never Works Late”. 

11.00am – 11.30am: Leanne Gunson, head of learning and development at Pizza Pilgrims, on the company’s academy, how it is helping it recruit and train new staff, and inspire its existing employees using outside influences. 

11.30am – 12.00pm: James Hacon to interview Indian-born British chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Asma Khan of Darjeeling Express. Khan talks about the journey to opening her first restaurant, operating an all-female brigade of talented amateur chefs, paying everyone equally and what hospitality means to her.

12.00pm – 1.00pm: Lunch

1.00pm – 1.30pm: Late Night Lovers: How the late-night sector is evolving to attract talent. A panel of the best late-night operators discuss the opportunities and challenges – Adam Dilks, group people director at Nightcap, Beth Anderson, people director at Revolution Bars Group, Chantal Wilson, people director at NQ64, and Jon Cotterill, director at the Columbo Group. 

1.30pm – 2.00pm: Evolution of people experience through data panel with Phillip Eeles, co-founder of Honest Burgers, Emma Reynolds, co-founder of Tonkotsu, Sunaina Sethi, co-founder and people director at JKS, Will Fraser, ex-Saracens/England Rugby player (who will talk about his work in creating cultures through data), and Matt Grimshaw, founder of people experience platform Youda will explore why people data is a barrier to industry growth. 

2.00pm – 2.30pm: Sixty Eight People’s Abi Dunn interviews Nina Panayiodou, and Andrew O’Callaghan, operations director and people director from Dishoom, about the culture that everyone is talking about. 

2.30pm – 3.00pm: Coffee Break

3.00pm – 3.15pm: Helen Melvin, people director at Heartwood Collection, discusses the challenges of recruiting and retaining high-class chefs. 

3.15pm – 3.30pm: Hannah Plumb, talent and culture director at The Alchemist, talks about the opportunities and challenges of building a people culture in a different country. 

3.30pm – 3.45pm: Jo Cole, people director at Turtle Bay, and Olajide Alabi, equality, inclusion and wellbeing partner at Turtle Bay, discuss the impact of the group’s Four Days at The Bay initiative, and the investment the business has made in its equality, inclusion and wellness programme. 

3.45pm – 4.15pm: Kenny Blair, managing director of Scottish independent restaurant and bar operator Buzzworks Holdings, on creating recruitment initiatives, including a cash referral scheme to attract new talent, its use of TikTok to find new employees, and how they are helping the business find and retain staff. 

4.15pm – 4.45pm: Steve Rockey, group people director at The Pig, talks about the group’s Chef Academy and how it is a little out of the norm, with bee-keeping, foraging, gardening, pickling and animal husbandry, part of its initiatives to recruit and retain staff. 

4.45pm – 5.30pm: Dame Karen Jones, chair of Hawksmoor and Mowgli, talks to James McLuckie, group chief learning officer at Mapal, about what the sector does right when it comes to finding and nurturing talent, and also what it could do better.

Tickets £295 +VAT for operators and £395 +VAT for suppliers.


Email: kai.kirkman@propelinfo.com to secure places or find out more


CLICK HERE to download the schedule

Sponsored by: inploi, Growth Partners, Purple Story, s4labour, HJUK, wmt troncbox, Opsyte, Hit Training

Places are secured on receipt of payment only, are non-refundable but are transferable to a colleague if you are unable to attend.