Speakers for HOSPACE 2019:
Jane Pendlebury is CEO of HOSPA, the Hospitality Professionals Association. Kickstarting her career with a degree in hotel management, Jane worked with De Vere Hotels, the independently owned Castle Hotel in Taunton and then as an agency conference planner. Following a move to London, Jane spent many years assisting hotels with their technology decisions on Property Management, Point of Sale and Revenue Management ending up as VP and General Manager of Agilysys in Europe. Her relationship with HOSPA was first as a sponsor and member, then after volunteering her time assisting with the annual conference HOSPACE, she was taken on to run the membership and events office finally being promoted to CEO in early 2016.
Peter was appointed Chief Executive of Pride of Britain Hotels, a consortium of independent luxury hotels, in 2000. Before that he was Group Publishing Director at Johansens and was a hotel General Manager in Sussex and Hampshire in his early career, starting as a waiter in the late seventies. He writes a regular column in The Caterer Magazine and is frequently invited to address audiences at business seminars and dinners, bringing him into contact with a wide cross section of the hospitality Industry.
Chris Upton is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in senior financial positions in the hospitality sector for over 20 years. He has been finance director of many hotels, pubs and restaurant groups. Before that, he held senior positions in finance and IT at several commodity trading companies.
He was Finance Director of Arcadian International plc – during which time the company developed a group of four-star country house hotels, started the Malmaison group and renovated the Great Eastern Hotel in the City of London.
He was a founder and non-executive director of Pod Food; and co-founded Snoozebox Plc, an innovative portable hotel concept. In addition, he is currently non-executive director of a London hotel company and runs a consultancy practice, C U Associates Ltd, specialising in hospitality. He was appointed to the then BAHA Council in 2007 and served as Deputy Chairman until his new appointment as HOSPA Chairman September 2014.
Chris is Chief Executive of Eproductive, the tech business that he founded with his brother Nick in 2000 and which provides EPS, a leading People Management System, to hotel groups in the UK and elsewhere. Before Eproductive Chris set up a restaurant business and he and his team consulted extensively across the hospitality sector to help fund the brand’s development. Chris’s prior corporate background was in international hospitality management working in senior roles for companies such as Compass, Burger King and Forte.
Chris also co-founded and coordinates fiftytwenty, a hospitality leaders network with 250 members. In 2015 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Chris has been a volunteer NED and Trustee at St Martin-in-the-Fields, the iconic church in Trafalgar Square, for over 25 years.
Kate Nicholls is CEO of UKHospitality, the powerful voice representing the broad hospitality sector, having previously worked as CEO and Strategic Affairs Director of the ALMR.
In July 2019, Kate was appointed Chair of the Tourism Alliance, the membership organisation for the tourism industry comprising of leading trade associations/trade bodies within the sector. Kate is also Chair of Mayor of London’s Night Time Commission and is also a member of the Events Industry Board, London Food Board, Tourism Industry Council, Cultural Cities Enquiry, London & Partners Members Group and the Advisory Board for the Institute for Industrial Strategy.
After gaining a degree in English and a post-graduate diploma in competition law, Kate worked as a researcher in the House of Commons and European Parliament before joining Whitbread as Government Relations Manager, starting her career in hospitality in 1993. Kate was Director at one of the largest independent public affairs companies, working with a number of hospitality, retail and leisure accounts before establishing her own strategic communications consultancy in 2000. She is a graduate of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Kings College London.