Monday, May 09, 2011

LinkedIn profile update 9 May 2011

Now working on founding The People's Pub Partnership; designed to be the John Lewis of pub companies; a business which will own, operate and manage pubs under the auspices of an employee share ownership trust. Before taking a tied lease on The Sun and Doves, the contemporary local pub I set up in 1995, I had worked in and managed busy high end restaurants in London's West End and managed a high profile club and restaurant for the best part of a decade before turning to landscape and garden design for a radical career change.

Five years of designing and building gardens around London rather than working and socialising around the West End made me see for the first time that there were very few decent bars, restaurants or pubs outside the centre. This led me to want to combine life and work experience in one and set about finding a place which would cater to the needs of the people/community/customers where I lived in south east London... I found a dying pub, made inquiries, it was on the market, and I made it my own... sort of. It has a tied lease - another story

I am interested in the development of competent communities and in helping create sustainable healthy systems and environments for my kids, for people and for the planet.

My design is to establish a strong social enterprise (my business operates informally in spite of being compromised by the terms of its ease) which will grow with people and be an example, a model, to a wide range of others in business, particularly to the catering trade and even more specifically to the pub industry which by and large operates as a Feudal system of business.

Apart from catering I have broad experience with skills in photography and graphic design, which I studied at degree, to design and production of clothing, landscapes; domestic and commercial gardens and interiors. I still take photography seriously and have exhibited and sold work and have two books underway.

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