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Summer ‘22 Conference

7th June 2022
Hilton London Bankside

Hospitality as a Catalyst for Nationwide Recovery and Leveling Up.

The Conference

The Agenda

12:00pm Registration and Networking

Networking and light refreshments

1:30pm Welcome to the Conference 

Steve Richards, CEO, Parkdean Resorts and Chairman UKHospitality

1:50pm How hospitality will lead the levelling up revolution

UKH will set out how hospitality is imperative to the Government’s mission – and how this transcends party politics. Hospitality has also been widespread and democratic and this chimes with the aspirational objectives of spreading wealth.

Kate Nicholls OBE, UKH CEO

2:00pm Hospitality recovery

After two long years of the pandemic there are signs of stable recovery in sales growth. We will hear from market specialists on the latest trends on sales metrics – and a look at the critical pressures that are bearing down on the bottom line.

Karl Chessell — Head of Hospitality Operators & Food, EMEA, CGA

Thomas Emanuel — Director, STR

2:20pm Keynote Address:
Motivating and inspiring the workforce to demonstrate leadership and teamwork under pressure

Mandy Hickson, former RAF Fast-Jet Pilot

2:50pm Panel Session: Getting investment ready

This panel will discuss the current market, the opportunities and offer perspectives for operators

Luke Johnson — Entrepreneur/Investor 

Jim Turner — Corporate Relationship Director, Barclays

John Miesner — Managing Director, Interpath Advisory

Curated by Peter Martin

3:20pm Break

Networking and light refreshments

3:40pm Keynote Address:
Local leadership and hospitality

There is an ongoing commitment to devolution in England to allow local communities to make decisions that are right for their local population. This session will provide a review on the success of devolution and highlight how businesses can constructively engage at a local level.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands

3:55pm Panel Session: Creating a healthy and sustainable food chain

Health inequalities were identified as a major issue in the discussion about levelling up. Food (and drink) is included as part of this discussion. This panel from across the food supply chain will discuss the role that industry can play in helping people lead healthy lives.

Kate Nicholls OBE — CEO UKHospitality

Karen Betts — Chief Executive, FDF

Terry Jones — Director General, NFU

Andrew Selley — Chief Executive, Bidcorp UK

Curated by Peter Martin

4:25pm Panel Session: The skills for the future

The pandemic has shone an even greater focus on the hospitality workforce, the sector’s greatest asset. Facing record vacancies and a severely disrupted talent pipeline, what can be done to ensure we can develop and access the high-quality workforce we need to deliver great hospitality? That is the question our acclaimed panel will be addressing.​

Paul Flaum — Group CEO, Bourne Leisure

Sunaina Sethi — Co-founder & People Director, JKS

Stephen Cassidy — Senior Vice President and Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Hilton

James Nye — Managing Director, Anglian Country Inns

Curated by Kate Nicholls

​4:55pm Panel Session: Creating pride in place

Hospitality is central to communities and always has been. One of the key ‘missions’ of levelling up is to restore ‘pride in place’, particularly those felt to have been left behind. This chimes with the high street agenda of recent years. This panel will debate how communities are revived.  


Karin Sheppard, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, IHG

Suzanne Baker, Commercial Director, Stonegate Group

Will Beckett - Hawksmoor

Curated by Peter Martin

5:25pm Closing remarks

Kate Nicholls OBE, UKH CEO

Drinks Reception & Networking



If you have any questions about the UKH Summer Conference 2022, please email Hannah Adlam at


UKHospitality is the single, authoritative voice of hospitality. Protecting the commercial interests of hospitality venues and those who supply the industry. Representing venues from coffee shops, hotels, escape rooms, pubs, restaurants, leisure parks, nightclubs, contract caterers, entertainment, wedding venues, holiday homes, bowling alleys and visitor attractions across the UK.


Advocating for a fair operating environment as well as promoting hospitality as a career of choice - we are the voice of hospitality.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

We host a range of member-only and industry events throughout the year to ensure that the industry is protected. For more information about our upcoming events, visit our website.

UKH Christmas Lunch

Red Christmas Baubles

Back by popular demand, is our highly anticipated Christmas Lunch, taking place at Old Billingsgate, 13th December.

The perfect end of year celebration, to reflect on the outstanding efforts of our hospitality teams and professionals. 

Bringing the entire hospitality industry together to network and look forward to a strong year of trading in 2023. 

Join us to meet colleagues, friends and industry peers for a day not to be missed.

For more details about our upcoming events, please email

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