People

Paul Hurren - Managing Director

Paul’s career began in the kitchen; he trained as a chef and then specialised in pastry. He started off in hotels in London and the South East, where he worked for a few years. While his passion for food never waned, he realised that...

Jim Wealands - Lusso Executive Chef

The cooking bug got Jim very early on, at school after his first cookery lesson. Though he admits that first attempt was a complete disaster, from that day on nothing mattered more than being a chef. He studied at Thanet College for three years...

Sally Mitchell - Operations Manager

When deciding on a career at school Sally wanted to be a pathologist – then realised she prefers actually having a conversation and dealing with living people! She could never imagine having a solely office based job and a doing 9 to...

Matt Symonds - Operations Director

Matt grew up in a family who all worked in the hospitality industry. Throughout his younger years, he overheard countless meetings around the dinner table about all the exciting developments that were taking place and learned to understand how diverse the industry was. His...

Patrick Erni - Operations Manager

Patrick’s career in the hospitality industry began with a diploma in Hotel Management from the American Hotel & Motel Association, gained in Sydney Australia, and subsequent jobs within the boutique hotel sector. Eventually his career led him to London and a career in the world...

Kevin Holmes - Operations Manager

Kevin’s career in hospitality began as a second job to earn extra cash when he was working for a bank. However, he quickly realised that this was where his true passion lay, much to the dismay of his parents. So Kevin resigned from his “safe”...

Matt Simon - Chef Manager at Peel Hunt

Though a year at art school and a degree in English Literature are not the most obvious springboards for a chef’s career, when Matt realised just how much he loved cooking he knew he had to at least test the water in a professional kitchen....

Glen Mumford - Business Development Director

Glens career in catering began in the summer of 1985 when he worked in his Aunt’s café where he first learnt to make a ‘milky coffee’!

After 2 years training at Thanet Technical College, Glen joined the United Oxford & Cambridge Universities club as a Commis Chef, and after a...