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IoD South Online - Planning a Recovery for Directors in Hospitality

19 Apr 2021
Online, Online
The Covid 19 pandemic has hit the UK Hospitality Industry extremely hard, causing businesses to fold, employees to be laid off and creating a new set of costs for an industry that was already operating in a highly competitive environment. The pandemic has also made us appreciate more a sector which contributes so much to our social lives, well-being and the local economy. 

There is cause for optimism – according to UK Hospitality, “46% of consumers are visiting venues close to where they live more often than they did before the pandemic, and 68% of consumers say Hospitality venues give them something to look forward to”.

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Date & time: 19 Apr 2021 16:00 - 17:30
Location: Online, Online
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This conversation "Planning a Recovery for Directors in Hospitality" with our invited panelists, will provide us different perspectives on re-starting successfully in the unknown environment of a post Covid. Invited panelists from the Hospitality sectors will provide their insights into planning and executing a return to work. Topics such as Commercial Strategy, Operational Plans and Trainings, Hiring Strategies and Issues, the Role of Technology, the relevance of “Keeping It Local” and other thoughts and insights on how the pandemic has changed the way we will need to operate to be successful.

Owners and Directors of Hospitality businesses in Berkshire and across the South are invited to hear the panelist’s insights and join in the conversation and networking opportunity.

The Institute of Directors invites you to join this conversation with the panel on 19th April 2021 This will be a thought provoking and engaging conversation anchored by Graham Kiy, an Ambassador with the Institute of Directors Berkshire and will have a 30 minute session in the end where the audience will be invited to ask their own questions to the panel.

Topics for discussion:
1. Commercial Strategy
2. Operational Plans and Trainings
3. (Re) Hiring Strategies and Opportunities
4. The Role of Technology
5. Keeping It Local


Francisco Macedo 

Francisco is currently the General Manager of Cliveden House in Berkshire, before this role, he was the General Manager for Bovey Castle in Devon where he oversaw a £12m refurbishment of the property and managed the team that took it from no star rating to 5 AA Red Stars in under 24 months. He is Chair of the London Advisory Board for the Springboard charity, the Thames Valley Branch of the Institute of Hospitality, and is a Mentor with several organisations. Amongst his passions, Francisco has a keen interest in wine and is a Member of the Champagne Academy and a Certified Educator for WSET as well as a WSET Diploma holder.

Tagore Ramoutar

Tagore is an advisor and award-winning entrepreneurial director focussed on the Craft Spirits sector. Co-Founder and Managing Director from 2018 to 2020 of The Oxford Artisan Distillery, in 2019 he won IOD London and South Director of the Year for start-ups. He is proud to have achieved Number 1 on TripAdvisor for visitor attractions in Oxford and Organic Certification. Tagore remains a Director of Still On The Hill Ltd, the legal name of The Oxford Artisan Distillery; and is a director and the distillery’s representative on the embryonic English Whisky Guild. In addition he is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an author of several children’s books.

Robert Walton MBE

Robert Walton MBE is a recognized and highly respected figure in the hospitality industry and is President of the Restaurant Association of Great Britain. Robert initially trained as a Chef, has owned several Hospitality businesses in the Berkshire area and has used his knowledge and experience to create The NTH Degree Global; including The Nth Degree Club, The Nth Degree Events and The Nth Degree Sponsorship. The Nth Degree Club was created in 2013 with an invaluable network of high achievers in the restaurant industry and social circles, with a passion for business, building relationships and exquisite fine dining experiences.

In recent years The Nth Degree Global added high profile industry events to the hospitality calendar including the Restaurant Association Gala Dinner and the distinguished International Restaurateurs’ Dinner. In addition The Nth Degree Global has joined together with Tatler to produce their exclusive Address Book with a view to creating the most exciting restaurant directory.

The Nth Degree Global works closely with Michelin Guide and were the official appointed organiser of the Michelin Star Revelation 2021. In recognition of the best culinary talents of the UK &Ireland, Michelin Star Revelation is the most exclusive and coveted event of the year, where all of the new Michelin Stars are announced and presented.

In 2019, The Nth Degree Global successfully relaunched the Young Chef Waiter Competition in partnership with UKHospitality and the Restaurant Association which promoted hospitality as a career of choice, a profession and a vocation.


Graham Kiy - Berkshire Ambassador : Membership Experience Management

Graham Kiy graduated from Westminster College Hotel School in 1982 and his career path has taken him to several countries in Asia, the Middle East and Indian Ocean with International brands, opening and managing Hotels. His current responsibility is Vice President of Operations for EMEA with Hard Rock Hotels International. Graham speaks several foreign languages and decided to settle back in the UK early in 2018. He believes in lifelong development and professional training and networking.
G Kiy Linked In Profile 



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