2016 Finalists announced

Ops Awards finalists spotlight exceptional talent throughout licensed retail

The ALMR is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2016 Operations Managers Awards, the ALMR’s annual search to identify and celebrate the best and brightest in licensed hospitality. The quality of this year’s field was of such a high standard that, for the first time in the Awards’ history,  21 individuals have gone through to the final stages.

The Finalists for Area Manager of the Year representing managed pubs are:

Oliver Sweetman and Neil Mckie, Stonegate Pub Company; John Creighton, Intertain; Jenna Edwards, Novus Leisure; Gareth Roberts, S.A. Brain & Co, and Shane O’ Gorman, Mitchells & Butlers.

The Finalists for Business Development Manager of the Year representing leased or tenanted pubs are:

Alex Smith and Richard Grady, Star Pubs & Bars; Alix Horne, Barrie Aspinall and Richard Eden, Punch Taverns; Brandon Critchell and Helen Davis, Marstons; Chris Tremain, Isabelle Whitehouse, Jay Weir, Matt Obrey and Shaun Beedles of Enterprise Inns; Nathan  Derby, Charles Wells, and Nick Lawson and Paul Wishart, Greene King Pub Partners.

Nick Bish, founder of the Awards, commented: “We have always believed that operations managers are the linchpin of modern and thriving licensed hospitality, and the Ops Awards programme recognises, celebrates and develops the best individuals in the sector. The fact that the judges have decided on 21 finalists, rather than the usual 20, underscores the very high standard of competition and the exceptional work being carried out in our sector.”

The finalists will all be closely assessed in the field by a mentor judge before a rigorous three day MasterClass led by Chris Nichols and featuring inspiring sessions from leading businessmen including: Stephen Gould, Simon French and Roger Whiteside.

After a final interview before a mentor judge and eight leading operators from the sector, the winners will be announced at a stand-alone event at the Hilton Kensington on Monday 7 November.

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