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A highly motivated and creative professional with over thirteen years senior management experience in high pressure environments with notable successes in new concepts and openings. Possessing the enthusiasm, drive and positive attitude required to be a valuable addition to a successful and exciting company. Dedicated to high quality customer service with a strong focus on continuous improvement. 

Work experience

Founder & Managing Director

Smoke & Rye Ltd.

Smoke & Rye is an award winning American restaurant based in the Midlands region of the UK. 

Currently running the daily operations of the restaurant and fully responsible for every aspect of the business. Spearheading a team of 19 staff and 6 senior managers. Monitoring of business performance internally and externally using KPI's such as GP analysis, sales targets and online customer review portals. All business management aspects including brand work, marketing, promotion, strategy, finance, growth, strategy and accounting. Operational functions as Head Chef or Restaurant Manager when required. 

Achievements include concept, design and launch of the successful brand, moving to a larger, more premium location, winning TMP Best American Restaurant, winning Lux Life Best BBQ West Midlands, achieving number 1 on and Certificate of Excellence annually and improving turnover year on year by at least 20% for the first 3 years of operation. Moving to new site has improved turnover so far by 120% between year 3 and 4. Business value improvement of 200% in 3.5 years. 

Self Employed

James Hospitality Management

Contract work involving consultation and operational assistance with 5 new openings and a number of rebrand/relaunches. Menu and GP improvement for bars, clubs, restaurants and live music venues within the Midlands area. Assistance with marketing, budgeting, restructuring, training and more dependent on brief.

Restaurant Manager

Pasta di Piazza la Favorita

Pasta di Piazza is a high quality, fast paced and high volume Italian restaurant brand based in the Midlands. Initially employed as a part time restaurant supervisor, moved into full time management role within 5 years. Achievements include successfully opening a new site in Newcastle Under Lyme and managing it for a number of years along with having multi site responsibilities when the company grew further.


Certificate of Higher Education

Staffordshire University
Sep 2004Jun 2006

2 Years at Staffordshire University studying Music Technology and Business Management


Alleynes Sixth Form, Staffs
Sep 2002Jun 2004

3 A-Levels - Business, IT, Physical Education.


Alleynes shigh school, staffs
Sep 1999Jun 2002

11 GCSE's with A* in Business, IT and Information Studies.


CMI Member

Chartered Management Institute

Proud to be a member of the Chartered Management Institute 

NVQ Level 7 


Currently working on Management and Leadership NVQ set to be complete before 2020.

Certificate for Business  

The Princes Trust
Aug 2011

A course designed by the princes trust to identify young entrepreneurs eligible for business funding from the charity.

Personal Alcohol License

Staffordshire County Council
Apr 2010

Clear personal alcohol license.

Food Hygiene Level 3


Highest level food hygiene qualification.

Key Skills

Microsoft office
Extensive experience using this package
Business Planning
I am proficient in writing actionable business plans
Recruitment and Training
I have recruited and trained staff on many occasions
Leadership and Personnel Management

Strong relationship and influencing skills with focus on active leadership

French and Spanish
Conversational skills in both languages
Project management/ci

8+ years worth of experience designing and implementing projects and continuous improvement culture