ALMR reveals finalists in Operations Managers Awards

ALMR operations managers awards

The finalists in the ALMR Operations Managers Awards have been announced, featuring people from leading operators such as The Deltic Group, The New World Trading Co, Be At One and TGI Fridays.

The 18 individuals were selected after entries were assessed by a team of “mentor judges” from within the industry and will go on to the next stage of the awards which are run by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).

The finalists in the category for the casual dining and managed operators sector are:

  • Adam Sykes, Fuller’s
  • Alan Campbell, Nicholson’s Pubs, Mitchells & Butlers
  • Alan Kay, JD Wetherspoon
  • Dave Harrison, The Deltic Group
  • Emma Deabill, Yo! Sushi
  • David Jenkins, JD Wetherspoon
  • Leane Patching, The New World Trading Co
  • Richard Bond, JD Wetherspoon
  • Samantha Smith, Living Ventures
  • Tim Sparrow, Be At One
  • Trevor Peach, TGI Fridays.

The finalists in the category for leased or franchised business operators are:

  • Billy Guthrie, Greene King
  • Craig Nevins, Star Pubs & Bars
  • Simon Thornton, Fuller’s
  • Phil McWilliam, Star Pubs & Bars
  • Salle Wroblewski, Ei Group
  • Stephen Birkett, Admiral Taverns
  • Yvonne Fraser, Greene King.

The judges reported that the standard of entries again demonstrated that the entire sector had some exceptional talent. Andrew Thompson, a mentor Judge and formerly operations director for Punch, added: “It continues to impress all of the judges how today’s operations managers evolve to support and develop both managed and leased businesses.

“They have an ever-growing role within these businesses and the very best make a significant impact on each outlet within their area and are a credit to the companies they represent.”

Nick Bish, founder of the awards, said: “We have always believed that operations managers are the linchpin of modern, thriving multi-site retailing and the Ops Awards programme recognises, celebrates and develops the best individuals in the sector.

“In addition, what delights us is how the awards have evolved beyond the ‘traditional’ pub sector and is now the benchmark for very many companies that are leaders in the casual dining sector and beyond.”

The finalists will now be closely assessed on a day’s worth of routine business visits by one of the mentor judges before they head to Leicestershire for the Operations Managers MasterClass.

This will be led, for the 13th successive year, by business consultant Chris Nichols and features inspiring sessions from industry greats that have included Rupert Clevely, Nick Pring, Simon French, Roger Whiteside, Kris Gumbrell, Peter Hansen and Stephen Gould.

After a final, challenging day of interviews in front of the mentor judges and eight leading operators from the sector, the winners will be decided and announced at a stand-alone evening ceremony at London’s Pullman Hotel on Monday November 6.

Ticket details for this event will be available in the coming weeks. To be kept abreast of the arrangements, email

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