Meet the CJUK Live Panel
CJUK Live will see a panel of hospitality experts discussing ways to combat the crippling skills shortage in our industry and provide employment solutions for organisations across the country. Meet some of the panellists already confirmed;
Adrian Ellis - The Lowry Hotel
Adrian Ellis is a hotel executive with 25 years' experience of managing luxury international properties in the UK, Europe and Asia. In February 2015, he returned to Manchester to become the General Manager at The Lowry Hotel. He joined The Lowry Hotel from his role as General Manager of the 318-bedroom Fairmont Baku Hotel in Azerbaijan where he spent more than three years, initially responsible for pre-opening operations of the iconic hotel which forms part of the prestigious Flame Towers complex.
Prior to his position in Baku, Adrian was General Manager at Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal in Budapest, Hungary, Le Royal Meridien Bristol in Warsaw, Poland, Le Meridien Changi, Singapore, Manchester V&A and Dunston Hall Hotel, Norwich.
Adrian, who hails from Norwich, is Chairman of Manchester Hoteliers Association and a Master Innholder. He was named one of the top hoteliers in the world by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences in 2008 and won an Acorn Award in 1993 as one of the top 30 hoteliers under the age of 30 in the UK.
Martin - Christian Kent - People 1st
Martin-Christian is an executive director at People 1st, the skills and workforce development experts across the visitor economy. He has over 20 years' experience in labour market research and skills policy. He combines a detailed knowledge of the labour market across the service sector with policy and research experience.
He has worked on the formulation of professional standards for the sector; managed the Sector Skills Assessment, the broadest labour market research into the hospitality sector ever undertaken; led the apprenticeship strategy for the hospitality sector and oversaw the reform of sector qualifications to create robust and relevant pathways into and across the hospitality and tourism sector. His current focus is the alignment of people measures with organisational strategy and the ways in which productivity can be improved through better staff deployment and engagement.
He has an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck College, University of London and has experience of working for a number of sector employers and industry skill organisations in the UK and France before joining People 1st in 2006.
Tom Hadley - REC
Tom Hadley is the Director of Policy and Professional Services at the REC, (Recruitment & Employment Confederation) the professional trade body for the UK recruitment industry. He and his team lobby key Government and EU officials on a range of employment issues, regularly meeting with MPs and advising on the labour market.
His team highlights REC initiatives to promote industry standards, including audit schemes and the Diversity Pledge. They are also responsible for ensuring members uphold the Code of Good Recruitment Practice and are fully compliant with employment legislation.
Before joining the REC, Tom worked for the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), for the London-based recruitment consultancy MBA Training Research & Development, the European Commission and the French multi-national company Vivendi.
Katie Mellor - CJUK
With over 8 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, including working at the Page Group, one of the largest recruitment businesses in the world, Katie leads the CJUK team on their mission to champion flexible working and create a better work-life balance for all Chefs to help address the skills shortage the industry currently faces.
She truly believes that there is #ABetterWay for Chefs to work in the hospitality industry and invites employers to engage with her to discuss the approach to Chef recruitment, and innovative ways to find the best talent.
Katie joined CJUK in 2013 where she set up a CJUK London division, now Director of the business she moves between London and our HQ in Blackburn, Lancashire.