Many thanks to the 300+ delegates who joined us for this year's UKHospitality Summer Conference - see you in 2020!















UKHospitality’s 2019 Summer Conference is a unique

pan-industry event, bringing together the hospitality and leisure market to chart the central role that the sector will play in the future of the UK.

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Business  Leaders Breakfast with Sir Martin Sorrell


 One of the business leaders of his generation, and founder of the biggest advertising, marketing and communications businesses in the world, Sir Martin will talk about his career, the challenges that face business in an evolving media and news landscape, the importance of image, and what hospitality and leisure need to do to emerge as Britain’s leading industry.

  • Sir Martin Sorrell, Executive Chairman, S4 Capital

The Future of Food


 The Government’s food strategy advisor, and co-founder of Leon and the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Henry Dimbleby maps out a new future for food and drink production and supply – and how hospitality needs to be involved in the debate.


  • Henry Dimbleby MBE

The big conversation - the state we are in


Business leaders discuss the current political maelstrom, the operating climate and their business priorities. 


  • Peter Martin, Director, CM&Co, interviews:

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

  • Debbie Hewitt MBE, Independent Non-Executive Chairman, The Restaurant Group plc

  • Steve Richards, CEO, Parkdean Resorts

  • Karin Sheppard, Managing Director, Europe, IHG

Facts over fiction


Leading data experts come together to make sense of a political world increasingly dominated by populism, personality and attention-grabbing headlines, to reveal the truth - what's really happening out there beyond the biases and false narratives. 

  • Robin Rossmann, Managing Director, STR

  • Phil Tate, Group Chief Executive, CGA

Hospitality 2.0


A week can be a long time in politics... UKHospitality CEO, Kate Nicholls brings delegates up to speed on a seismic first 12 months as an organisation and the key strategic priorities for our industry.

  • Kate Nicholls, CEO, UKHospitality

The New World of Retail & Hospitality


Lord Price, the former CEO of Waitrose and former Government Minister and the founder of Engaging Works, will set out his vision for the future of retail, food and drink - and the influence of changing consumer tastes and new technologies. 

  • Lord Mark Price

Planning and licensing: too close to ignore


It is becoming increasingly important to have a working knowledge of both the Licensing and the Planning regimes in order to be able to operate successfully in the modern night time economy. The two regimes are getting ever closer and not always harmoniously. Ignoring either of them is no longer an effective business option. 

  • Sarah Clover, Barrister and Board Member, Institute of Licensing

  • Daniel Davies, Chairman, Institute of Licensing

Augmented hospitality


Thomas Dubaere, COO Accor Northern Europe, will present his thoughts on the empty square meter syndrome and how to transform a hotel to meet changing owner and customer needs.

  • Thomas Dubaere, COO, Accor Northern Europe

Hospitality: a career of choice


Fred Sirieix, the award-winning General Manager at Galvin at Windows and broadcaster, will share his perspective on how the industry can be more creative on its approach to recruiting and positioning hospitality as a career of choice.

  • Fred Sirieix, Broadcaster & General Manager, Galvin at Windows

Future Restaurant


James Hacon highlights the technology and innovation which will shape the restaurant of the future.


  • James Hacon, Partner and Managing Director, Think Hospitality



Bella Vuillermoz will share how she has made Work.Life.Better at Europe’s leading entertainment business, starting with her own team. Over the past three years, Bella and her leadership team have delivered a hat trick of market-leading c-sat; world-class levels of employee satisfaction with the PSG team and financial savings through a people-centric approach.

  • Bella Vuillermoz, Director, The Property Service Group, Sky

Mobility 2030


Mobility 2030 encapsulates KPMG's response to the disruptive trends across future transport, infrastructure, energy and finance, triggered by the increasing electrification, digital connectivity, move from ownership to access or usage and autonomy of vehicles, for moving people as well as moving goods. These disruptions are changing the way we move, how we own vehicles, how we re-fuel and pay for them, where and what we can drive, even if we need to drive and the physical environment we do this within.


  •  Bethan Evans, Associate Director, KPMG UK

Workforce 2030


Panel Session: With the Government set to endorse a Tourism & Hospitality Sector Deal backing the industry as a career of choice, a panel of leading operators discuss how we can engage and influence our leaders of tomorrow and develop the talent pipeline the sector needs. 


  • Holly Addison, Head of Consumer Digital, Travel & Hospitality, Odgers Berndtson

  • Claire Clarke, Group HR Director, Casual Dining Group

  • Kathy Dyball, caterer.com

  • Harry Murray MBE, Chairman, Lucknam Park



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