The support team
There are quite a few faces behind the scenes that keep everything running beautifully smoothly. As it's always nice to put a face to a name, you can scan down the list or click each department to find out a little more about everyone.
If you would like to email a member of the team, it's very simple, use their first name, then dot, then surname, followed by @brunningandprice.co.uk example: [email protected]
Mary was born and brought up in Perth, Scotland, and went to Edinburgh University to read Geography, where she aced a First and a Masters in Volcanos and Glaciers. Whenever we have a query in the Fire and Ice department, Mary is our natural go-to resource.
After uni Mary set off to explore the world, and was for a time a High Adventure Chief in North Carolina, which is what Americans call 'a climbing instructor'.
Australia and New Zealand followed, and such is the way of things, she ended up working in a pub on her return to Albion, pondering the route ahead.
She didn't ponder long, and soon entered the Whitbread Graduate Training Scheme, her career climb following an inexorably upward incline with posts as Area Manager, Ops Manager and Ops Director, finally summiting as Managing Director of Slug and Lettuce. Mary subsequently poured her DNA into the deep end of the B&P gene pool in the spring of 2014, when she took over the reins as Managing Director. So there you have it: a career path littered with mixed metaphors.
On a more personal note, as a wee thing Mary appeared on the Antiques Roadshow and Songs of Praise (we would so like to see a tape of that), and her grandfather was a Battle of Britain pilot. She plays the flute and curiously her ears don't match, so in a stiff breeze she has a tendency to gently rotate, in the manner of a rotary washing line hung with a bath towel on one side and a tea towel on the other.
Mary loves baking and regularly brings her trophies into the office, and by way of balance, is a fitness hound in her local gym and has completed two half-marathons. She is married to Paul and has two step-children, Alice and Jess, and her favourite cheese is Gorgonzola.
Operations Director (North)
Jo, who has a degree in Retail Management, originally came to head office as personnel manager having been a deputy manager at the Glasfryn in Mold, and before that an assistant manager at the Pant yr Ochain, so she knows the score. The role of Operations Director (North) is a challenging one, and she has to keep many plates spinning at the same time. Her common sense approach allied with her years in personnel enable her to keep on top of the many tricky and sensitive issues that arise each day.
Operations Director (South)
After eight successful years with the Malmaison/Hotel Du Vin group working as General Manager in the beautiful city of Edinburgh Tom decided to sacrifice the rooms side of things and focus on his love for food and beverage joining pub life in 2010 coming on board as Operations Manager. He now finds himself in the lofty position of Operations Director shepherding 30+ pubs and 3 operations managers in the South. Originally from the Midlands Tom's local watering hole was the Fox; he trained as a chef at University College Birmingham where he graduated with a Diploma and Degree (with none other than James Killick one of our other Northern Ops Managers) and spent 18 months sunning himself (and cheffing apparently) in South Carolina. He's worked all over the country, from Birmingham to Glasgow, Hampshire to Surrey and everywhere in-between finally settling down in rolling hills of Shropshire with wife Claire and his two sons Oscar and Dylan.
For one so young in years (well, comparatively anyway), Graham - AKA 'Numbers' or 'Bridgey' - has been around a bit. He cruised a 2:1 at Lancaster in Management Science with Economics, and followed it up by passing his CIMA in 1993. Since qualifying with British American Tobacco he has worked as UK and International Financial Controller for Gandalf Digital Communications, and as a Senior Management Accountant for Granada Entertainments Ltd.
Graham joined us in 1998 as our Company Accountant, and currently heads up a financial team, which means he has legal responsibility for verifying our yearly accounts and generally being sensible.
Although Graham is a died-to-the-roots accountant, he doesn't fit the conventional picture - jeans, open-necked shirts and a motorbike are his modus operandi, but his relaxed and easy manner belies an eagle eye and a strategic brain.
He is married to Fliss, a HR consultant, and they have two daughters.
Sal started off in our kitchens as his first ever job, many many moons ago! Food and drink was a clear passion from day one and heâ€™s certainly one for the people. Preston born and bred (for all his sins!), he took the plunge and decided to be 'southernised' in 2001, relocating from the North West to sunny Berkshire. Sal has many favourite pastimes including cooking, he often gets the votes for cooking the large family Sunday roasts (probably due to his epic roast potatoes). He loves to spend the majority of his time with his kids, Jake and Ava and his partner, Kate. A firm favourite hobby of theirs are bike rides, often round the famous trails at Swinley Forrest and Sal's rather experienced on his mountain bike. He also has a interest in Boxing, Rugby and motor sports, especially F1! When he's not busy with all that, he'll likely be found with a beer in hand... and a glass of red wine in the other!
Steve is an old school pub man who loves his ales and always has a warm and friendly way about him. He recently took up the role of Operations Manager for us having spent years behind the bars of one of our pubs or another. When he isn't working he is either jumping out of planes or at home his wife Emma and children Bethany and Connor - who both think he plays professionally for Arsenal.
James joins us from working as an ops manager for a successful restaurant group responsible for some high profile sites in the Midlands and South West London. From his routes as a highly trained Chef he has covered pretty much every role front and back of house, which makes him an ideal fit to his role with us. He lives with his partner Jo, their son Ethan and Rocky the dog. James is still a keen footballer however is rather upset that he now can play in the veterans' league.
Tamsyn is very passionately Cornish, so don't ever give her a scone with the cream under the jam!. She grew up in St Austell and her secondary school was right next door to the brewery, making the smell during morning break a particular favourite.
She has done pretty much every job in the industry from cleaning a pub, working in a fish and chip shop, city wine bars, country pubs and Disneyland.
Out of work she is a Pilates devotee and also loves a Zumba class. She professes to making the best Sunday roast in the whole world and can also turn her hand to making some pretty awesome birthday cakes. What time is left is taken up with her little Littles, a budding sailor and a Disney princess!
Reception and Admin Support
Amy is Chester born and bred and has had lots of experience in a variety of different administrative roles so our Reception desk is safe in her hands.
She's a real foodie, especially loving cake and bowls of porridge for lunch (?) She also manages two small children so is well equipped to deal with doing several things all at once.
Graham is the company accountant, and has to keep a grip on things. He trained with BAT in London, qualifying in 1993, and fled North to work for a datacom company and Granada before joining Brunning and Price in 1998. He is married to Fliss, an independent human resource consultant, and they have two daughters. He rides a motorbike and enjoys the aroma of warm leather and oil.
Paul was born at a very young age and grew up near Denbigh. He studied Finance and Business in Hull, and on his sandwich year out he managed the bar and lived above the pub at his local back home. Paul is a bit of a ladies man, being married to Helen with daughters Beth, Elin and Catrin. Previously Paul has done number crunching in Fine Art, Haulage and Cheese, and in his spare time is a School Governor and Church Treasurer. What they don't know, but we do, is that he is a bit of a wild thing (click his photo for evidence).
Andrew is South Yorkshire born and bred, where he lived next door to a Chuckle Brother. As a career payroller and number cruncher, work gave Andrew the opportunity to cross the border and move to Manchester in 2004 but a slower, less urban life beckoned and he and his partner landed in the beautiful county of Shropshire in 2007. Andrew admits to eating well and enjoys the odd glass/bottle of wine, so working with B&P seemed like the next natural step in his journey of life.
Jane is responsible for the payroll, amongst other things, so is extremely popular and is very very nice. She has two girls, and is a passionate horsewoman - her horsebox, however, keeps bursting into flames thanks to a blackbird who recognises the exhaust manifold as home and persists in nesting there.
Aimee is an Oswestry (Maesbury) girl, and joined the payroll team in 2014. She is happily married with a son, and another little blessing is on the way. In common with most of the girls in the office, she loves eating out, watching films and shopping, and has done a fair amount of travelling in her past particularly in America and Australia. Aimee is particularly fond of a mild Cheddar.
Head of HR
Jane came to us after seven years with Nestle: she started there as Customer Services manager but soon progressed to HR manager. At university Jane took options in Cultural Studies, which basically meant watching soap operas, and she still keeps up with Cultural Studies to this day. She drinks Gavi di Gavi and is a self-confessed foodie, being particularly partial to a bit of haddock. She plays netball to redress the balance.
I think it is perhaps not too presumptive to say that Suzy's career path, from the get-go some 20 years ago, has been relentlessly leading her to B&P's front door.
Everything in her CV would appear to be specifically tailored to the role â€“ she has opened pubs, run pubs, been a pre-opening training manager, a business implementation trainer, and latterly a freelance trainer and bar consultant. In fact, in her CV there are more trainers than you'd find at Newmarket.
Suzy loves cooking for friends; keeping fit; scrabble and crosswords; and, dare we say it, eating and drinking out. She's a natural fit.
Laura comes to us from branded restaurants having worked both as a manager and as part of the Training team. She grew up in the Surrey countryside and now lives in Sussex with her husband and little boy. However she secretly prefers it when they are out of the house so she can catch up on her box sets while enjoying a glass of Pinot Noir (or a bottle). She also has the very talented skill of being able to peel a banana with her feet!
Beth did her A levels at Yale, followed by a Psychology degree at the University of Wales in Swansea. She honed her HR skills during 5 years at Airbus, and her social skills during 10 years at the Pant, her Gresford local. Unusually for one so appreciative of the pleasures of grape and hop, Beth enjoys running, with the eventual goal of completing a half marathon.
Irene grew up in Geneva and loves to travel taking any opportunity for adventures in the Alps or to uncover new corners of Europe. She then ventured a bit further afield and spent two years living in Shanghai before returning to the HR team at B&P. Her other passions include rowing, food and wine which makes her the perfect candidate to work for a pub and restaurant business based in Chester on the River Dee.
Jan came to us from the Grosvenor estate, where she HR'd for 5 years following 20 years in personnel at the Bank of Scotland, so you could legitimately say she is an HR professional. Her abiding preoccupation is her holiday house in Hungary, and her great passion in life is food and wine......along with 80% of the company, so it seems.
Caroline is our HR Manager in the South. She is relatively new to the team so watch this space - as we learn her secrets we will be sure to share.
Sarah studied law and business studies at the University of Liverpool before settling in Wrexham to train as a solicitor, specialising in employment law. Building on her enthusiasm to support and assist in people management, she studied for the CIPD qualification.
When she's not spinning at the gym, she's likely to be indulging in a gin (or two!)
Dom comes to us after 6 years in recruitment, before which he spent 15 years doing pretty much every job in hospitality. Starting as a KP to earn some extra cash, he worked up to Head Chef at the tender age of 18 before deciding to have a crack front of house, going on to be a General Manager. Having tried restaurants, hotels and fine dining he realised that our pubs have a far better selection of gins and makes a point of sniffing out bottles heâ€™s yet to try wherever he visits. Originally from sunny Bournemouth, he now lives in Surrey with his wife where he spends his time cooking, planning their next holiday and going to as many gigs as he can.
Katie joined us with a veritable plethora of recruitment and management experience in both internal recruitment and external agencies so weâ€™re very lucky to have enticed her to the world of recruitment in Brunning and Price.
With Katieâ€™s experience and expertise we have a true recruitment and talent management professional on board.
Alongside travelling and skiing, eating fine food and sampling wines and gin varieties are top of Katieâ€™s list of favourite pastimes so sheâ€™s certainly come to the right place!
Nicki was all but offered the job on the spot when during the interview she was quizzed on her favourite tipple and proceeded to list the entire contents of Oliver Reed's drinks cabinet! We knew at that moment she would fit right in with the rest of the HR team and we haven't looked back since.
Nicki is mum to Isabella and when she's not spending time with her, she likes to indulge in a spot of retail therapy, probably with a wine or two thrown in!
You can tell just by looking at him that Dave is a real character, and we’re very pleased to have him in the company. Dave came to us from heading up the kitchens at Crewe Hall, so he knows his oats. Quite apart from his cooking, he's guaranteed to cheer you up.
Warren is a chef's chef and has a wonderful ability to get on with absolutely anybody. He is hugely respected by other head chefs in the company, and whichever kitchens he headed up in the past, you could guarantee you'd find a really happy ship. He is a tireless worker, which is just as well in the circumstances, and would appear to be completely unflappable. Warren is a man of few words, so he and Mike balance each other out nicely.
Mike first joined the company in 1997, and soon graduated to heading up the chef team at Glasfryn at the time of opening. After three years of galloping success he left for the green pastures of executive chefdom, but returned to us after a year or so to run our chef support function in the company and in 2006 he became Executive chef. He's the man to help with in-house training, roving chefs and their rotas, trainee chefs and college liason, and all the key areas surrounding food development and production, acting as a consultant to the pubs. He's married to Lynn and they have two children, Jennifer and Patrick (who looks just like his Dad).
James started at the beginning of May 2009 after a nine month golf sabbatical that took him all over the world. When he's not on the stove he seems to find plenty of other work to keep him occupied (his handicap has suffered) or if time allows, his head will be under the bonnet of one of a myriad of large Mercedes he drives, although his pride and joy is a maroon Ford Ka. There's no accounting for taste.
Billy first started as a chef at the tender age of fourteen, and toiled at the coal face for eighteen years. During that time he was Sous chef at Gravetye Manor for four years when it first gained its Michelin star. He became Head chef at Amberley Castle before returning to Gravetye as Head chef for another four years, successfully retaining its Michelin star. Billy then progressed to being the Exec chef for an Italian food group before joining us in 2011. His hobbies are fly-fishing and photography, particularly food photography.
Ash is an accomplished Head Chef from Stourbridge and developed his career as a professional chef working in classic country pub restaurants. We snapped up the opportunity to lure Ash away from his previous employer and we're delighted that he's brought his seriously foodie talents to the Physician.
Ash has a 5-month-old baby boy called Foalan and when he's not cooking or recovering from his sleepless nights he loves American football and drinking Guinness in Digbeth.
Head of I.T.
Kieron did a degree in Electronic Engineering at Leeds, and journeyed a full six weeks into a PHD before being lured by the siren call of business. He lived in Dubai for 2 years before joining B&P, where he met his wife Amanda. He is now a doting father of two boys, Oliver and Jamie aka Spud and Chubba.
Web Application Developer
After graduating from the University of Manchester, Mark began his career in Barcelona as a developer and programmer working for various technology start-ups. His experience covers front and back-end development, user experience, SEO and server administration.
He has also been known to jump on stage and sing rock songs.
Marketing and Communications
Head of Marketing and Communications
Nicola has been communicating (far too often and far too loudly some might say) for years and added marketing to her talents at the tender age of 18, with the simplistic beginning of being the "best pub chalk board writer in Coventry". Being a bit flamboyant her degree is in Theatre design which came in handy when designing a myriad of not so stylish theme bars in the early 90's. She can generally be found in a pub or any shop selling pastry based "niceness", loves cooking, wine, gardening, gin, Miss Marple and most of all spending time with her little girl and baby sausage dog.
Jake started adult life studying Exercise Science at Wolverhampton and graduated with a 2:1, but soon realised that he was looking over the shoulders of his graphic design mates to see what they were up to... so he changed track. He's done a fair bit of travelling in his time, in the Caribbean and South Africa, and when we came across him he had his own web and graphic design agency in Manchester from which we had to prise him away. He is a bit of a fitness fanatic, and enjoys training and competing in triathlons.
Dee joined the B&P family in 2015 after years and years of managing fabulous projects for others in the industry. She's better half to Steve, mum to 3 gorgeous children, 2 dogs and a tortoise. When she's not in a hard hat and boots Dee loves to sit on the sofa and drink wine, visit Disney land and generally enjoy her wonderful family.
Acquisitions Manager North
Neil has worked within the leisure and pub industry as a chartered surveyor for the last 20 years - which is quite a departure from his early education within a music school, along with 5 years of being a chorister from the tender age of 9 - this early musical beginning resulted in a side line of playing guitar in a, by his own admission, really bad but thoroughly enjoyable, rock band and a couple of decades of bad haircuts.
Outside of being an excellent Acquisitions manager Neil enjoys cricket, suggesting that his rightful England cricket career was only scuppered by playing on Saturdays after a Friday night, supporting Nottingham Forest and golf, which provides him with 5 hours peace and quiet away from his lovely growing boys.
Property and Operations Support
Natalie hails from Wrexham where she was lured into working in the Cornmill from a very young age by her mother, who also works for B&P - so too does her brother, so it's a real family monopoly.
After a spell as being the manager of the Architect in Chester, Nat moved across into our Property Department, but still lives in Chester along with her beloved Spaniel puppy Cooper.
Martin has been in the auditing game all his working life. He was the stationery cupboard monitor at school and was so good at counting pencils and tracking down missing Quink he decided to make a career of it. Extraordinarily, before he came to us the only previous interview he had ever had was for his very first job after school - it's just that ever since then he's been moved and promoted within companies as they've been taken over and merged, and got to be Deputy Regional manager without ever having to repeat the whole ghastly process. Mind you, he didn't appear nervous at all, so he must know his stuff.
Front of house
Stacey has made her way through the ranks at the Bulls Head before moving on here to The Hayhurst Arms. Stacey started of as a kitchen porter, but her smile, charm and bubbly personality was better being out the front amongst the customers. Stacey is a popular girl with the locals and staff. Real love for Gin and anything spicy and not one to shy away from a good night out. Stacey has a bright future ahead, watch this space!
Dan joined us from a sister pub all the way down in Kent, where he was head chef. After a short stint as a 'Rover', he's now Senior Sous at the Mill House, where he exudes calm maturity.
As well as being a magnificent chef, Dan sports a magnificent beard which his lovely wife trims on a regular basis, ready for his country dancing practice. When he isn't dancing round the maypole, or eating out in fine restaurants, he'll be found taking long walks with the dog.
Adrian is the life and soul of the kitchen. He loves to keep fit by running and swimming and generally is a man of action!
He's been a chef for around 6 years and joins us from our sister pub the Hayhurst Arms in Bostock Green.
After spending four and half years behind the pans at the Sydney Opera House, Tom returned to the UK to catch up with his friends and family. After taking a job at the Aspinall Arms to save for a trip to Europe Tom fell in love with pub life and decided to stay on home soil and join the opening team at Haighton Manor. Tom has buckets of creative talent and infectious energy which makes him a joy to have around, particularly when the going gets tough.
Peter loves everything about being in a strong kitchen team working hard for each other and producing delicious tasting dishes. When Peter is away from the kitchen he enjoys most of all going to the movies with friends.
Mehdi previously worked at 'Chime' in Hartford before joining us here at The Hayhurst. He's the resident joker and always manages to put a smile on everyone's face. When he's not hard at work, he's a true family man, spending time with his wife and two children. He absolutely loves Bob Marley and a pint or two of Peroni.
Michael started with us a few years back and having worked on the opening of our sister pub the The Fox Revived.
He is now a key part of opening the Parrot and has been involved in creating some delicious dishes for the menu. Michael enjoys Gin, his favourites being Bathtub. It won't be long before we are stocking it behind the bar (not just for Michael though).