Women 1st unveils Top 100 Women in Hospitality and Leisure

01 April 2011 by
Women 1st unveils Top 100 Women in Hospitality and Leisure

Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett (pictured), CH&Co chief executive Robyn Jones OBE, and BHA chief executive Ufi Ibrahim are among the women recognised in the inaugural Women 1st Top 100 Most Influential Women listing.

The Top 100, which aims to celebrate the best in female achievement in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism sectors, has been launched by Sector Skills Council People 1st.

The list was unveiled last night at an awards ceremony held at London's Savoy hotel, together with the 2011 Shine awards.

Natalie Bickford, chair of Women 1st and HR Director UK & Ireland at Sodexo, commented: "The launch of the inaugural Top 100 Most Influential Women in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry listing recognises the achievements of our sector's most inspirational leaders and showcases their success.

"I believe this is long-overdue recognition of the impact and influence women have throughout the industry."

The Women 1st Top 100 Most Influential Women

Restaurateurs and Chefs
Lisa Allen, head chef, Northcote, Langho, Lancashire
Tessa Bramley, chef-patron, the Old Vicarage, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Jemima Bird, marketing director, Tragus Holdings
Hélène Darroze, executive chef, the Connaught, London, and chef patron Hélène Darroze, Paris
Karen Forrester, UK managing director, TGI Friday's
Stella West Harling, owner, Ashburton Cookery School
Angela Hartnett, chef-patron, Murano, London
Rachel Humphrey, head chef, Le Gavroche
Juliette Joffe, founder and director, Giraffe Restaurants
Nigella Lawson, TV cook and author
Saipin Lee, regional manager UK & Europe, S&P Restaurants
Prue Leith CBE, broadcaster and author
Jill McDonald, chief executive and president, McDonald's and president, Northern division, McDonald's Europe
Namita and Camellia Panjabi, Marsala World
Ruth Rogers, co-founder, the River Café, London
Delia Smith, TV cook and restaurateur
Clare Smyth, head chef, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London
Jill Stein, director, the Seafood Restaurant, Padstow, Cornwall
Sara Jayne Stanes OBE, director, Academy of Culinary Arts
Emma Woods, marketing director, Pizza Express

Contract Catering
Wendy Bartlett, managing director, Bartlett Mitchell
Natalie Bickford, HR director, Sodexo UK & Ireland
Jane Bristow, director of corporate services and education, Sodexo UK and Ireland
Val Carter, Corporate Responsibility Director, Aramark Education
Alison Frith, owner and managing director, Artizian Catering
Caroline Fry, managing director, CH&Co
Lucy Gemmell, creative director and founder, Rhubarb
Judy Hargadon, chief executive, School Food Trust
Michelle Hanson, commercial director, Sodexo UK & Ireland
Deborah Harvey, chairman, Pabulum
Robyn Jones OBE, chief executive, CH&Co
Kate Martin and Sue Parfett, joint managing partners, The Brookwood Partnership
Sandra Russell, chair, Local Authority Caterers Association
Alison Tyler, managing director, CH&Co
Lou Willcock, founder and director, IndiCater

Amanda Brady, head of UK operations, Whitbread
Zareena Brown, UK HR director, Hilton Worldwide
Alison Cryer, managing director, Representation Plus
Anna-Marie Dowling, general manager, Guoman Hotels - the Royal Horseguards
Sara Edwards, director of HR Worldwide, Orient-Express Services
Laura Frith, vice president HR, InterContinental Hotel Group
Janice Gault, chief executive, Northern Ireland Hotels Federation
Julia Hands, chair and chief executive, Hand Picked Hotels
Liz McGivern, HR director, Red Carnation Hotels
Avril Owton, owner, The Cloud Hotel
Alex Polizzi, hotelier and TV presenter
Olga Polizzi, designer and hotelier
Liz Smith-Mills, UK hotel consultant, Diversey Inc
Louise Smalley, group HR director, Whitbread
Vivien Sirotkin, director of hotel operations, Q Hotels
Angela Vickers, managing director, Apex Hotels
Lynn Webster, national chair, British Institute of Cleaning Science
Carrie Wicks, director of operations, Firmdale

Pubs and Bars
Lynne D'Arcy, managing director, Trust Inns
Su Cacioppo, personnel and legal director, JD Wetherspoon
Jillian MacLean, managing director, Drake & Morgan
Liz Phillips, director of human resources and organisational development, Mitchells and Butlers
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive, British Beer, Pubs and Bars Association (BBPA)

Industry organisations
Penelope Cobham, chair, VisitEngland
Sandie Dawe MBE, chief executive, VisitBritain
Sharon Glancey, director, People 1st
Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive, British Hospitality Association
Penny Moore, chief executive, Hospitality Action
Anne Pierce MBE, chief executive, Springboard
Julia Sibley, chief executive, Savoy Educational Trust
Jane Sunley, chief executive, Learnpurple
Debbie Taylor, chairman, BHA Scotland
Patricia Yates, director of strategy and communications, VisitBritain

Travel, Tourism and Other
Jane Ashton, group head of sustainable development, TUI Travel PLC
Lorraine Barnes-Burton, chief executive, British Travel Awards
Rita Beckwith, managing director, City Cruises
Kathryn Beadle, managing director, Hurtigruten
Gill Benwell, director, Bourne Leisure (Butlins)
Chris Browne, managing director, Thomson Airways and Board Member, TUI Travel PLC
Karen Browne, chief executive, William Murray
Tea Colaianni, group HR director, Merlin Entertainments
Debbee Dale, managing director, Debbee Dale Development
Angela Day, chief executive, Affordable Car Hire
Francesca Ecsery, global sales director, Cheapflights Media
Anne Elliott, managing director, Elliott Marketing and PR
Debbie Hindle, managing director, BGB
Sue Hurdle, chief executive, The Travel Foundation
Lucy Huxley, group editor, TW Group
Sue Kavanagh, regional HR manager europe, Qatar Airways
Barbara Kolosinska, sales director, C&M Travel Recruitment
Carol Marlow, managing director, P&O Cruises
Ros Pritchard, director general, British Holiday and Home Parks Association
Doreen McKenzie, owner, Knock Travel
Flo Powell, director, ACE
Karen Ramirez, chair, Association of Women Travel Executives
Mary Rance, chief executive, UKinbound
Paula Rogers, managing director, Admiral Group
Tracey Rogers, managing director, Unilever Food Solutions UK
Jo Rzymowska, associate vice president and general manager, Royal Caribbean International, Azmara and Celebrity Brands
Victoria Sanders, managing director, Teletext Holidays
Julie Southern, chief commercial officer, Virgin Atlantic Airways
Clare Tobin, managing director, specialist holiday and board member, TUI Travel PLC
Teresa Walsh, managing director, Club 18-30
Amanda Wills, managing director, Virgin Holidays

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