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Hospitality has always been in Alex's blood having been involved in his mother’s and grandparents' catering businesses from a very young age. Alex started his training in kitchens and he then went on to work in, own and operate various hospitality businesses, ranging from an 80-seater à la carte restaurant to two, side-by-side 350-seater restaurants with one central kitchen, and most things in between.
Alex also owned an events business, which most famously secured the contract to deliver the first ever mobile vending at the Olympic Games for London 2012. To deliver this, Alex worked in partnership with Coca-Cola, Heineken and Cadbury’s Ice Cream to sell their products across the Olympic Park, and the business subsequently went on to support the Rio 2016 Olympics in a consultancy capacity.
Regency Purchasing Group was initially created to manage the beer contracts for Alex’s family businesses of around 15 sites, and has now developed into a cross-category support service for the hospitality and leisure industry with over 5,000 members.
Alex maintains an active role as Director at the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare, as well as holding a Director role at The Old Thatched Cottage restaurant, the first restaurant his grandfather purchased over 60 years ago and an important legacy in the family business.
In his spare time, Alex enjoys spending time with his family on his small farm where he rears pigs, sheep and chickens.
Ben joined the team in 2009 as a Procurement Manager having spent several years working in the on-trade beer industry.
After four successful years with the company, Ben was promoted to National Sales Manager, and five years later, Ben took on the role of Sales Director managing the largest network of procurement managers in the UK. In January 2022, after almost 13 years with Regency, Ben was appointed as Chief Operating Officer.
When he isn’t working, Ben enjoys spending quality time with his family and days out exploring new parts of the country.
Hayley joined the team in 2019, having previously worked for Brakes Foodservice for an impressive 26 years, with roles including Area Sales Manager, National Telesales Manager, National Consortia Account Manager through to Regional Sales Manager of the South West.
In her spare time, Hayley loves to watch all sports, as well as any good box set.
Lucy has been part of the team since 2019 and leads a team of marketing and design specialists who work across the portfolio of businesses to plan and deliver various marketing and communication plans.
Lucy joined us having worked in consultancy roles for a number of years and prior to that, she held senior marketing roles in the leisure and hospitality, retail, finance and technology industries
When she’s not at work, Lucy spends most of her time running around after her three young children.
Martin joined us from Woodward Foodservice in 2012 with experience in and passion for catering development and craft beer. Now, as an experienced multi-site pub operator, Martin uses his first-hand knowledge to support Regency members and key clients with their drinks purchasing and strategies, while managing brand owner and route-to-market partnerships.
Since the arrival of his son Harry, spare time is not something Martin is currently familiar with!
Nick joined us in 2017 and heads up our Commercial team where he manages both our supplier and brand owner relationships, whilst working closely with all the other departments to drive operational excellence across the business.
Outside of work, Nick loves to travel and when staying closer to home, can be seen riding around on either his scooter or motorbike “livin' the dream”!
In 2013, Sharon joined us as a member of the administration team and was promoted to Office Manager in 2020. Sharon mainly supports the sales and management team, while overseeing the office operations and keeping a check on the wider team.
In her spare time, Sharon enjoys tennis, reading and going on long dog walks with her family.
Sian is Regency’s longest serving team member having joined us in 2006.; she has successfully built our nationwide coverage and now predominantly works with larger group operators.
Sian also manages new projects and product launches - including our multiple marketing-leading software solutions - as well as overseeing our association partnerships, coordinates our events and mentors and trains the Regency team in account management.
When Sian isn’t helping our members she enjoys travelling with her family, walking her two whippets and if that's not enough, she's also in the process of building her own house!
Simon joined the team in 2018 and manages the portfolio of Regency solutions. A self-confessed geek, he loves solving real-world problems with technology and is always thinking about the next innovative solution we can offer our customers to help them save time and money.
Simon lives in Somerset with 3 kids, 2 cats and a dog called Richard.
Steph has been with us since 2011 having previously worked in the accounts department at one of our other businesses - the Grand Pier. Originally joining us as a member of the administration team, Steph has expanded her skills working her way through various departments and now supports Alex, our MD and the management team.
When she’s not at work, Steph enjoys reading, writing, and dancing around her living room to Beyoncé!
Andy has worked in the catering and hospitality industry for over 20 years, including roles at Marriott, Hilton Doubletree, Luxury Family Hotels and Loch Fyne Seafood.
Andy was awarded South West Chef of the Year in 2013 and during his Head Chef role at Polurrian Bay Hotel in Cornwall, Andy and his team were awarded Two Rosette status - a first for the hotel.
When Andy's not supporting our members with menus, food concepts and operational advice, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and the occasional run.
Anna started with us in 2018, following 10 years working in the drinks industry within our supplier network. Anna manages group accounts and has forged strong relationships with partner suppliers and members alike.
Anna is regularly seen running along Weston seafront before a team meeting, and has an active social life. She sits as treasurer on her local primary schools PTA, and enjoys days out with her husband and son.
Bill joined the team in 2021 having worked in the hospitality industry for the past 17 years. Bill's experience includes 11 years working as a chef for various hotel chains and Michelin-starred restaurants, followed by account management and business development roles at Brakes Group and Birchall Foodservice.
Bill loves nothing more than spending time with his family and when he's not working, he's likely to be found on a quad bike in a muddy field with his son and two dogs. He's also a keen golfer.
Having worked alongside our teams for a number of years in her previous role at Booker, Carole joined the team in 2017. With a profound knowledge of the industry and a wealth of experience, Carole works beyond the call of duty to ensure her customers are always at the heart of what she does.
Outside of work, Carole keeps herself busy spending time with her daughter, looking after a menagerie of pets, and can generally be found pottering on her allotment.
Claire has over 25 years' experience in the catering, hospitality and license trade industries having worked in both wholesale and on-trade operational management roles. She now uses this wealth of experience to save our members both time and money.
Claire loves living life to the max, sharing good times with a large loving family and many great friends, discovering new cocktails and is very proud to hail from Yorkshire.
Joining the team in 2021, Chris has 18 years' experience in foodservice, including 16 years at Brakes where he held various roles including Area Manager, Business Development Manager and National Account Manager (Independent and Corporate).
Chris is a self-proclaimed sport fanatic and when he's not working, he watches as much live football (he supports Aston Villa), cricket and rugby as he can.
Debbie joined us in 2016 having previously held an account management role at Thatchers Cider for nearly 6 years (Regency was actually one of Debbie's accounts!)
In her spare time, Debbie likes binging on Netflix box sets, baking treats for the office and looking after her own cat, as well as all his visiting cat friends.
Edwina joined the Regency team in January 2023 after 9 years in FMCG working as a National Account Manager for Premier Foods and Britvic Soft Drinks. Whilst working at Britvic, Edwina managed the Regency account so she feels like a member of the team already.
Edwina lives in Hinckley with her partner and two children. She enjoys spending her free time walking her dog, experimenting in the kitchen and catching up friends and if she has any time left, she’s singing in the rock choir!
We welcomed Eileen to the team in 2022. A chef by trade, Eileen spent over 10 years heading up kitchens before moving on to become a Sales Manager for Brakes Foodservice, covering the South Wales region for an impressive 25 years. After a couple of years in the meat trade, Eileen then joined the Regency team.
In her spare time, Eileen enjoys walking her dog along the Welsh coast and enjoying the Welsh scenery. She also has a real passion for food.
Gareth joined Regency in 2022 following a successful career within the hospitality industry where he had roles with Woodward Foodservice, Booker & Birchall Foodservice.
Gareth is a sport fanatic; he’s represented his county at rugby and cricket, he is a qualified rugby referee and coach and he plays golf when he can. Gareth cycled from London to Paris to raise funds for Children with Cancer and ran the Great South Run for SANDS Charity.
In 2014, Gary joined our team bringing with him over 12 years' experience in the drinks trade.
Outside of work, Gary is a keen golfer, sometimes we joke that there isn’t a club in the UK he hasn’t visited!
George has worked in the hospitality industry for 7 years across our own estate mainly operating within the F&B department at The Grand Pier. George joined the Regency team in 2023 to help fellow operators with their challenges within our local area.
In his spare time George enjoys socialising with friends and watching the football.
Following a 29 year career in the catering industry, Greg joined Regency in 2023 having spent 20 years working as an operator and 9 years working as a Regional Account Manager for Total Produce. With his operator knowledge, Greg is even more passionate about how he can support fellow operators across the hospitality industry.
In Greg's spare time he enjoys getting stuck in with a crime thriller book or playing a game or two of golf and tennis.
Having worked in the hospitality industry for over 13 years, Jordan first got to know our team while working as Catering Manager at the Grand Pier. For five years, Jordan worked alongside our team on our internal and external functions until eventually he took the plunge and came to join us in 2020.
Jordan is a keen golfer, but he is a self-proclaimed fair-weather player only!
Keely joined our team in 2020 after 13 years at M&J Seafood’s where she started in the telesales team and worked her way up to Regional Sales Manager.
Keely loves to kick back with a glass of wine, good food and company. At home, Keely has two very spoilt cats that are very used to getting their own way, and her favourite band of all time is Roxette, much to her husband’s disgust!
Laura joined the company in 2022 and has an extensive background in catering having worked in various independent and chain restaurants. Laura spent eight years working in field sales for Imperial Brands followed by three years at Brakes Foodservice.
Laura is a Mum of two girls and she enjoys swimming, New Zealand wine and is a self-proclaimed foodie.
Liz joined us in 2016 and brought with her over 13 years' chef and catering experience. Liz works with our existing and new members to develop their menus and find the best suppliers for their business with a strong focus on customer service.
When not at work, Liz likes to spend time in the gym, cycling and eating Jelly Beans. She is also a massive Harry Potter fan!
Louisa has been with us since 2016 having previously spent most of her career in the foodservice industry working for Cearns & Brown and DBC Foodservice. Louisa-Jane supports Regency members in the Norfolk and Suffolk area, assisting with all purchasing requirement’s and adding value to their business.
When not at work, Louisa likes to go on long walks, and loves her garden, especially on a sunny day with a glass of wine in hand.
Michelle joined the team in 2022 following a 28 year career in the catering industry; she worked as Assistant Manager and Site Manager for the Forte Group of hotels before spending 25 years working for Booker as Catering Development Manager covering South Wales.
Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and making memories. She’s also a keen baker and enjoys baking and decorating cakes for friends and family.
Nikki joined the team in 2016 bringing with her 12 years' sales experience. Prior to this, Nikki was a jet-setter, flying around the world as an air hostess with both Virgin Atlantic and United Airlines.
When not at work, Nikki enjoys hiking, going to the gym and watching her children play football.
Petra has worked within the hospitality and leisure industry across all different sectors for 12 years. Having previously worked for Bidfood, Brakes, Matthew Clark and most recently C&C. She joined the Regency team in 2023 where she will use the knowledge she has gained to assist and support customers in Scotland.
When not at work, Petra has a passion for books, music, medical dramas, her chocolate Labrador and most importantly for food and wine!
Samantha joined Regency in 2023 after spending many years in sales across various industries such as merchant services, media and food. She spent a few years running her own pub and restaurant where they catered for weddings and functions in East London.
With a passion for food and cooking Sam enjoys Asian Food and is partial to a BYO restaurant on the weekends where she socialises with her family and friends exploring new restaurants within her local area.
Shaun joined us in 2016 having previously worked in the drinks industry for over 20 years, working for businesses such as Bass Brewers, Molson Coors and Matthew Clark. Shaun also helped manage a 36 date festival business in 2019.
In his down time, Shaun enjoys most sports, but in particular running, football and cycling.
Stuart joined Regency in 2023 after relocating to Edinburgh with his family from the Pacific Northwest U.S.A where he worked in the specialty coffee industry for 7 years.
An avid musician, Stuart spent 20+ years touring the world extensively with various Rock/Metal bands as a drummer and drum technician. Prior to this he was owner/operator of his own Martial Arts Academy.
Outside of work, you’ll find Stuart drumming or Museum hopping with his Wife and Daughter!
Sue joined us in 2023 with her extensive background in drinks after working both regional and national roles for Waverley TBS and Matthew Clark. With Sue’s passion for food and wine she is well equipped to support our members.
Outside of work Sue enjoys spending time with her family and friends watching sport. When Sue can get away she enjoys going abroad to visit a vineyard or two whilst enjoying the local cuisines.
Susan joined us in 2020 having previously spent 24 years at Booker Wholesale group where she developed her experience within the catering industry working in various roles, from telesales to group accounts.
Susan enjoys spending time with her friends, family and her beloved dogs and likes nothing better than attending shows and musicals, in particular The Rocky Horror Picture Show!
Tristan joined us 2016 and has a long history of working in the food and beverage industry in Wales. A fluent Welsh speaker, his passion is supporting great operators.
In his spare time, Tristan likes to spend time with his family outdoors in the fresh air or cooking with home-grown fruit and vegetables, as well as home-reared meat.
Tyrone is a chef by trade and built a successful career in South Africa where he was chef and sales support for various large manufacturers including Hobart, Rational, Merrychef, Henny Penny. After moving to the UK, Tyrone returned to the kitchen and progressed his career as a chef until his daughter was born and he made the decision to step away from the kitchen. Tyrone went on to work for Brakes for almost six years supporting customers to achieve their goals before joining the Regency team in 2022.
One of Tyrone’s many achievements was being the youngest designer to develop, construct and implement a government hospital kitchen to serve 1,200 meals per sitting.
Becky joined the team in 2019 and works closely with both our Commercial and Systems departments. Becky has many years of experience in both the commercial and customer service setting, having owned her own businesses within the hospitality industry.
When not at work, Becky enjoys spending her time with her children and working on her house project.
Charlotte joined the Regency team in 2022 having previously worked for Nisbets for over 6 years (during this time she also supported the Regency account).
When Charlotte is not at work she is busy being a mummy to her little girl Nellie. In any spare time she gets from mum duties Charlotte enjoys socialising with friends and the odd shopping trip or two!
Elsia joined the team in 2018 and took a short break away from the business following her maternity leave in 2020. We were pleased to welcome Elsia back to the team in 2021.
Elsia is now a busy Mum and enjoys spending time with her family.
Jake joined the team in 2022 after graduating at University Centre Weston.
In his spare time, Jake enjoys kayaking down the Congresbury Yeo and playing a game of pool in the local pub. Jake has also been nominated the best tea maker in the office.
Kamila has a wealth of experience in the hospitality sector, having held various supervising roles in well-known restaurants. Kamila completed work experience with us in 2018 via Weston College and officially joined the Regency team in 2019.
In her free time, Kamila loves nothing more than going out for food and drinks with friends.
Larissa joined Regency in 2022 after working in the hospitality sector for over 2 years. Larissa’s background includes a degree in Nutrition and Food Business Studies, she has also completed a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship. Larissa worked for 5 years within the food industry in Brazil which Is her origin country.
With a passion for food, nature, and travelling in her spare time Larissa enjoys dining with friends or going on a hike. As well as travelling to discover different countries and their culture.
After 12 years in the Royal Air Force working in electronics, Lee retrained and moved into IT. Now, Lee holds over 20 year's experience as a software developer, producing reliable solutions to help businesses achieve their goals.
Away from work, Lee enjoys racing on the PlayStation, dining out and socialising with friends.
Ollie joined the team in 2013 as a member of the administration team. Not long after he joined, Ollie's technical ability was identified and he soon moved departments and put his technical skills to work as part of the systems team. Ollie now helps to build and develop our internal and external software solutions and systems.
Having previously worked in the retail industry, Sophie began her career in procurement when she joined the team in 2016 as an Apprentice, and began working with us full-time in 2017. Sophie has worked in the Customer Support team supporting the Procurement Team and the C.O.O. In 2023, Sophie joined the Commercial department as a Data Analyst.
Whilst Sophie isn’t typing away in the office, she enjoys baking, renovating, and exploring the countryside, especially as her favourite animals are cows!
With 25 years’ experience in finance, Vicky was welcomed to our team in 2019. Vicky has successfully streamlined our accounts processes and improved our efficiency, cementing herself as a valued member of our team.
Vicky enjoys countryside walks as well as attending rugby games, something she was introduced to through her two son's love for the sport – it’s something she’s grown to love!
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