Programme Lead: Leeds Becket University - Senior Lecturer and CPD Coordinator: School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality
Guy has been involved with independent food and drink businesses all his life, since getting a summer job at his grandparent’s restaurant; William & Victoria’s in Harrogate. What started as a way to earn pocket money, developed into a lifelong addiction and a career to go with it. Guy studied hospitality at university and graduated with a Catering Systems degree, followed by a spell in operations and training with Harvester’s.
He has since helped to run family businesses whilst working at Leeds Beckett University, being responsible for numerous projects providing research and consultancy support to small food and drink firms across the North. Over this period he has worked with nearly 100 different businesses on a range of projects.
Guy’s main interests are around the design, creation and delivery of products and services which meet customer needs and the development of effective business plans. He also manages to keep his eye in with a very occasional Pop-up Nose to Tail dining operation called the Beasty Boys.
Programme Lead: Leeds City Council - Head of Markets
Sue joined Leeds City Council in January 2010 to run the political leadership office, and has been Head of Markets since January 2011, where she is currently leading a multi-million pound refurbishment programme in a live retail environment.
In a career spanning over 30 years, before joining the public sector Sue has owned and run her own small businesses in the UK and abroad in Germany and the Canary Islands, in areas such as European travel, print and design, hospitality, and network sales of fair trade essential oils from around the world. Sue graduated BA (Hons) 1st class in Environment, Leisure and Heritage Management from the University of Leeds in 1998 and is a member of the Institute of Place Management.
Specialising in place management from 1998 onwards, she was the first City Manager of Ripon in North Yorkshire, bidding successfully for SRB funding for a £13 million town centre regeneration project. Moving into the public sector, Sue worked in Economic Development for North Yorkshire County Council specialising in support for rural business and becoming the Council’s social enterprise champion. She was a senior consultant for private sector consultancy ECOTEC before joining Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council in December 2005 as their town centre and markets manager, undertaking a major redesign and investment in the famous Stockton markets.
Leeds Beckett University - Product Development Manager
Charlotte joined Leeds Beckett University in August 2014 and her role is to manage product development across the University. She works with academics across the University to identify opportunities for the commercialisation of research and academic enterprise. This includes technology transfer, consultancy, Intellectual Property, CPD and contract research. Prior to joining the University, Charlotte worked for a range of training and consultancy organisations. Most recently she was Head of Sales and Marketing for a national training, consultancy and research company. Charlotte worked on developing and promoting CPD training, consultancy and national research projects securing long term contracts with a range of public and private sector clients.
Charlotte has been a Director of a Leeds Community Interest Company since 2012 working with the teams on funding, strategy and product development. Charlotte is studying an MA part time in Peace and Development studies. Charlotte graduated from The University of York in 2009 with a degree in Criminology and the ‘York Award’ recognising her commitment to voluntary work.
Leeds City Council - Commercial Programming and Revenue Manager
Stuart is responsible for major project and revenue streams in he public sector at Leeds City Council. He has delivered commercial food and D-drink activities such as ‘Handmade in Yorkshire’, part of the Leeds Food and Drink Festival for the past two years, and ‘Winter Wonderleeds’, a 17 day Christmas festival in Leeds city centre, delivering profitable revenue for Leeds City Council.
Stuart has over 20 years of commercial experience having worked for global telecommunications company O2 in various commercial sales and marketing roles, including: Business Channel Marketing; Corporate Campaign and Communications; Commercial Product Management and Programme Management. As an experienced SME business owner Stuart ran his own SME wellbeing company, delivering employee wellbeing services to major companies, including PepsiCo.
Funder - Chief Executive: Leeds Bid
Andrew joined Leeds BID (Business Improvement District) in October 2015, to lead the independent and not-for-profit organisation in delivering an ambitious business plan to transform the city’s commercial sector. Andrew will be responsible for leading the work of the BID as it invests more than £12 million in the city centre over the next five years. The BID will be working to make the city centre a cleaner, brighter, safer place; raising the profile by improving standards and adding value through a strategic series of high profile, diverse events and marketing.
He has a strong track record in business and retail, and is well versed in the important work of BIDs in this country. He has been Chief Executive of the Bath BID since 2011, where he helped secure over £4 million of economic investment in the UNESCO World Heritage city. He is credited with putting Bath on the map thanks to a host of high profile business events, including Bath in Fashion and the Great Bath Feast, which both won awards. Prior to this role, Andrew was the City Manager of Bath, and Town Manager of Strafford-upon-Avon. Earlier in his career, he worked at Boots the Chemist head office in Nottingham where he held a variety of posts ranging from retail distribution to marketing and operations.
Consultant - Founder: Fish& and NorthernStrEats
Andrew is an IFDA Ambassador and Consultant, and before launching Fish& he had a career as a strategic brand designer, which included creating iconic hair care brand ghd. The Fish& concept was conceived from a simple question: why, when compared to the rise of other ‘fast casual’ concepts (gourmet burgers, American BBQ etc) has there been no similar game changing innovation with our national dish?
Not just recognised for the quality of its food and approach to ethics and sustainability, Fish& is also credited with spearheading the popularity of street food outside London and is one of only a handful of local operators to trade in Leeds’ prestigious Trinity Kitchen. Fish& have cooked at prestigious public events such as Glastonbury and The Grand National; for organisations like Sky, Hitachi and Bentley and many private functions, including the 50th birthday celebrations of Carphone Warehouse founder, David Ross.
In 2014 Fish& won Best Main Dish at the British Street Food Awards and has appeared on BBC TV featured in The Times, Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Life, Mens Health, Olive, Leeds Guide, Shortlist and Manchester Confidential among others; and has received praise for their social media engagement.
Andrew is now working on a first bricks and mortar venue for Fish&. Through NorthernStrEats Andrew has worked with many regional festivals and Councils to create street food markets and pop-up events.