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The Levy Difference

At Levy Restaurants we are a family of passionate restaurateurs. We live "The Levy Difference" by creating great guest experiences wherever our innovative approach might take us. We work hard together and love what we do; it rubs off on our guests!

Passion is a great gift, and we have a lot of gifted people. Our contagious enthusiasm stimulates minds, engages senses and touches hearts. Experience legendary dining and the fire in our bellies that makes every occasion spent with us extraordinary.

Want food for thought? We think about food 24/7/365. It inspires us to be true restaurateurs, delivering dining at its best wherever we are; restaurants, stadiums, racetracks, conference centres and amazing special events.

Our sense of personal pride motivates managers and chefs to act as if it's their name on the door. Bottom line? We love what we do and we know you will too!

Meet the team

Colin Bailey
Managing Director
Sports, Leisure & Hospitality
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Colin has over 20 years experience in Director level roles in both retail and hospitality, the majority of which was spent in a number of different roles with Greenalls Group, which developed into De Vere Group PLC‚ working across wine shop, café, pub, restaurant, hotel and leisure sectors.

Considerable experience of the C&E market leading such venues as The Grand Brighton, The Belfry, and Hayley conference centres to name but a few.

Colin also ran the Village hotel and leisure company, which doubled in size during 2002 and 2007 and contributed over £40m profit to the Group.

James Withers
Finance Director
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James Withers is Finance Director of Levy Restaurants and joined the team in July 2012.

Prior to this he has worked for Compass UK in a variety of roles for 14 years in both central support roles and commercial business roles. Most recently he spent 4 years as Finance Director for the Healthcare business. James is a qualified Chartered Accountant having trained with Deloitte.

He lives in Walsall with his wife and two children.

Andy Hardy
Business Director
Sports & Arenas
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Andy's day to day role is to provide the senior direction and support to the management teams and venues within the sport, arena and exhibition sector. Andy is also responsible for developing creative solutions and initiating developments that can be rolled out across the portfolio.

Andy led the team that introduced and implemented Levy Restaurants in to The 0² Arena and is the executive sponsor for the Levy Restaurants brand in the UK. Andy's aim is to ensure we deliver fantastic food and service for clients and customers, to achieve success for all parties and build a great reputation in the sport and arena market.

Andy's career began at the Earls Court and Olympia exhibition centres and in 1999 he led the management buyout from the P&O group, selling the company on in early 2002.

Andy then joined the Compass Group and was tasked with improving the food and service provision at the ExCel exhibition centre in east London. Within eighteen months Andy was asked to manage the portfolio of exhibition and conference centres that Compass had amassed. This included the QEII Centre in London, The SECC in Glasgow and G Mex (Manchester Central Convention Complex) in Manchester.

Andy has overseen major refurbishment and redevelopment projects including the £30m refit of Wembley Arena, the opening of The O², design and planning for new facilities at The Kia Oval and Edgbaston cricket grounds and is also involved in the design and planning of the Glasgow Arena due to open in 2014 working with Levy Restaurants.

Neil MacLaurin
Managing Director
Keith Prowse
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After a brief Professional Cricketing career with Middlesex CCC, Neil was a founding partner of Peter Parfitt Sport Ltd (PPS) in 1987.

PPS pioneered the portable corporate viewing box facility concept in the late 1980's and negotiated contracts with The Rugby Football Union, Surrey County Cricket Club, The European Tour, Cheltenham National Hunt Ltd and Silverstone Circuits Ltd to name just a few.

Neil's role within the PPS business was to generate new business through contract wins with Sporting bodies and develop the sales strategy in the corporate market.

Through his time at PPS Neil developed various tiers of corporate packages for the market as well as working on the official hospitality programmes for the 1999 IRB Rugby World Cup and 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup both of which were hosted in the UK.

In 2004 Compass Group acquired PPS and integrated it into its Sport, Leisure and Hospitality division now renamed as Levy Restaurants.

Neil's responsibilities within Levy Restaurants were primarily focused on contract wins and retention whilst continuing to develop relationships with existing and new customers.

In 2013, Neil joined Keith Prowse as Managing Director. Keith Prowse has been synonymous with entertainment and ticketing for over 200 years, providing high quality hospitality for the last 35 years. With more official appointments than any other hospitality provider including The Championships, Wimbledon, The Old Course Experience, Twickenham Experience and The Kia Oval, Keith Prowse operate at the most prestigious venues at many of the world's most iconic sporting and cultural events.

Anna Fenten
Head of Marketing
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Anna joined Levy Restaurants in 2013 from her previous role as marketing director at Sodexo Prestige, where she worked for ten years.

Anna is an experienced marketing professional with particular expertise in the foodservice and hospitality sectors, and frequently presents at marketing forums. Her success in developing brand strategies and operating integrated campaigns has been reflected in five industry award wins.

Anna will be responsible for overseeing Levy Restaurants’ brand messaging, harnessing its reputation, and building and implementing the overall marketing strategy as the company continues to expand.

Debbie Brown
Head of HR
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Debbie Brown is Head of HR for Levy Restaurants, Compass UK & Ireland and a member of the Levy Restaurants UK Executive team.

Debbie joined the company in May 2008 working in a central role with direct responsibility for 12 HR Business Partners who work across all sectors of the UK & Ireland Portfolio; Business & Industry, Healthcare, Education, Levy Restaurants and Defence. Lately Debbie is heading up the HR function within Levy Restaurants UK. With a focus on managing talent, capability and true business partnering Debbie and her team take the lead on resourcing, developing and managing the performance of exceptional people who will go on to work at some of the biggest events and venues in the world. Previously Debbie was Lead HR Business Partner for a large UK retail business and managed a team of HR professionals for a very well known internet business.

Debbie lives in Liverpool, and is married with two children.

Kathryn Mortimer
Strategic Partnership Director
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Kathryn has been part of the Levy Restaurants team since 2008 when she joined as business development manager specialising in our leisure portfolio. Prior to joining our business, Kathryn ran a range of independent and branded restaurants and has also worked in Chartwells in a similar role.

As the sales and retention director, Kathryn ensures all existing and potential clients’ objectives are understood and develops solutions in partnership with our wider team to achieve these goals.

Kathryn is committed to guaranteeing we have the highest quality food, service, customer experience and relationships in each of our partnerships, certifying that we are the best possible catering and hospitality partner to our clients.

Kathryn.mortimer@compass-group.co.uk
T: +44 (0)7789 928294