Matt forms part of the executive team at Restaurant Associates, which offers fine dining, employee dining and inspiring events solutions, among other services. He recently moved into a strategic partnership role from the operations side of the business, having been Head of Operations for Restaurant Associates since 2015.
During his tenure in operations, Matt successfully mobilised, managed and developed catering services for industry leading corporate clients, and, as such, he was recognised with a 2015 Foodservice Catey award for Regional Manager of the Year.
Restaurant Associates is part of Compass Group, the world’s leading foodservice organisation, which Matt joined in 2009 as an Operations Manager with responsibility for a number of industry leading national accounts.
Food and service is part of Matt’s DNA. Since studying Hotel Management at the University of New Hampshire in the USA some 20 years ago, he has held a number of high-profile operational roles at 5-star hotels and restaurants, including the Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane and the Harbour Club in Chelsea. Matt’s passion is people development and he thrives on having had the opportunity to engage with people in this respect throughout his career. He actively embraces apprenticeship programmes as a mentor, and has worked with a number of charitable organisations, such as City Academy Hackney, Second Chance and Action on Disability.
Whilst Matt is conscious that these initiatives promote positive corporate responsibility messaging, his personal rationale for engagement is simply to do the right thing for the community. Through his engagement with Action on Disability Matt was thrilled to be able to offer full-time employment to a young man with learning difficulties, and he is truly inspired by watching him develop.