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Hospitality has always been in Alex's blood having been involved in his parents' 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 3,000 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.
With over 30 years' experience in food service and retail, including many years with Somerfield and Screwfix, Allan manages all supplier relationships.
Allan loves sport but his real passion is food and cooking, which he likes to enjoy along with his favourite tipple!
Ben joined us in 2009 as a Procurement Manager having spent several years working in the on-trade beer industry. Having worked alongside the core team for ten years, in 2019 Ben was promoted to the position of our Sales Director and now manages the largest network of procurement managers in the UK with the assistance of our Regency Sales Managers.
When he isn’t working, Ben enjoys spending quality time with his family and days out exploring new parts of the country.
Nick joined us in 2017 and manages our brand owner relationships, while working closely with the sales and commercial teams to drive operational excellence. Nick has over 30 years of sales, commercial and operational experience having worked across all trading sectors.
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 while also training and mentoring the Regency team in account management.
When Sian isn’t helping our members, she enjoys travelling with her family and has recently returned from Disneyland Orlando.
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!
Alex has grown up working across our portfolio of businesses and was therefore a natural fit for the role when he joined our team in 2016. Alex started as a member of our administration team, moving to a role where he supported our commercial department, before joining the procurement team.
Alex’s free time revolves mainly around football, golf and spending time with his friends and family.
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 an active member of a local running club, which she is also on the committee for, and she enjoys days out with her 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.
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!
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.
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!
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 Neighbours 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.
Martin joined us from Woodward Foodservice in 2012 with experience in and passion for catering development and craft beer. Martin manages and supports our sales team in the North of the UK, as well as looking after his key clients.
Since the arrival of his son Harry, spare time is not something Martin is currently familiar with!
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.
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 us in 2021 with over 30 years of foodservice and hospitality experience, including 15 year in catering and catering management (starting off as Potwasher and progressing to Executive Chef), and a further 15 years working in foodservice sales and business development. Stuart uses his wealth of industry experience to help members save time and money, while improving profitability and raising standards.
When not in work, Stuart enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, swimming and fermenting his own wine (Malbec is his favourite).
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.
Becky joined the team in 2019 and works closely with the systems and commercial team. Becky is also a Regency member herself having recently opened a fish and chip shop and cafe bar in Weston-super-Mare.
If there is ever any spare time in her days, Becky likes to spend it with her children and working on her house project.
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.
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.
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.
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 children.
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 provides support to our Sales Director and the procurement team.
Whilst Sophie isn’t typing away in the office, she enjoys baking 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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