Presenter Biographies

Matthew White, Chair TUCO Ltd
Matthew is the public face of TUCO and responsible for Board management and company duties.
Matthew has been a Director of TUCO for almost four years and was instrumental in developing TUCO’s PR, Communications, and Media strategies. Matthew has also chaired the regional chairs group. In his day job Matthew is Director of Catering, Hotel and Conference Services at The University of Reading.

Mike Haslin, Chief Operating Officer TUCO Ltd
Mike is accountable for the overall performance of TUCO and the day-to-day running and management of the business. Mike has been is position since 2013 and is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s strategic plan and to increase member benefits. Mike will be speaking on TUCO’s current plans and vision for the future.

Ian Watson, Group Head of Pret Academy at Pret A Manger
Ian has 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. For the past 18 years Ian has held senior leadership roles at Pret a Manger including 3½ years as Head of food development. Currently he is Group Head of the global Pret Academy leading an international team developing 11,500 employees.

Tess Lanning, Head of Business Development at Living Wage Foundation
Tess joined the Living Wage Foundation in July 2015. She oversees the Living Wage Commission, leads on the development of new tools and tailored support services to improve job quality and performance in low wage industries, and heads up the Good Jobs Campaign which builds high quality pathways into Living Wage jobs for young people from disadvantaged communities. Tess is also a freelance policy consultant and an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), specialising in business, skills and labour market policy. Previously she worked as policy adviser to the Leader of the Opposition on all matters relating to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and before that as a senior researcher on economic and social policy at IPPR.

William Gorol, Founder and Managing Director of Procure Wizard
William was born in Glasgow and it seems that hospitality was in his blood as at the early age of 13 where he took up his first job washing dishes in the Ardlui Hotel in Loch Lomond. He has held various positions in the hospitality industry, from kitchen porter to assistant conference and banqueting manager, before realising his ambition of becoming General Manager of the Old Waverley Hotel at the age of 28. William went on to be General Manager of several of Scotland’s leading 4 star hotels picking up a few awards along the way, most satisfying was AA Hotel of the Year and Scottish hotelier of the year.
It became apparent to William that in the last 50 years, technology and the internet was not being utilised to manage costs or streamline processes in the hospitality industry and in 2008/9 month William first came up with the idea for Procure Wizard. The idea was to develop back of house software aimed at increasing productivity and improving gross margins. The aim is to transform supplier purchase relationships and provide real time management information rather than month end historical reporting.
Procure Wizard was founded in 2009, signing up the first client in April 2010. The company now has 30 employees with offices in Loanhead, Edinburgh and Birkenhead, Liverpool and an annual turnover of £1.2m in 2015.

Sheri-Leigh Miles, Director, NETpositive Futures

Sheri-Leigh is the co-founding director of NETpositive Futures Ltd and has been catalysing leading-edge sustainability activity in the tertiary education sector (and beyond) for over 15 years. She is an established expert in stimulating engagement with sustainability; championing evidence-based, practical approaches that break new ground.

Sheri-Leigh has a history of strategic involvement that helped shape the development of sustainability in the Further and Higher Education sector. She contributed significantly to the development and delivery of the sector’s earliest sustainability strategies with National and Regional roles including 7 years on the Board of the EAUC (4 years as Chair).

As part of the team developing the NETpositive approach she currently works with over 40 Universities and sector organisations implementing practical innovations in both process and practice.



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