Arc Inspirations, the award-winning premium bar operator, has announced the appointment of Lee Woolley as its new People and Culture Director, supporting Arc Inspirations’ commitment to driving a people-first culture, and with training and development at the heart of its business.

Woolley, who will join the Martin Wolstencroft-led business this January, brings a wealth of knowledge with over 30 years of experience within the hospitality industry. Having started his career as a qualified chef, Woolley quickly progressed to General Manager at Scottish & Newcastle Retail, before transitioning to HR. He has held a number of senior HR and people roles at leading hospitality businesses such as Stonegate, Mitchells & Butlers, and Spirit Group. Most recently, he served as Director of Learning & Organisation Development at Stonegate Group, a position he held for over 13 years.

Arc Inspirations aims to provide the finest guest experience through the recruitment and retention of exceptional people who embody its famously celebrated culture. As the business continues to grow and put its people first, Woolley’s role will focus on the development of Arc Inspirations teams across the business, helping harness fantastic talent as well as continue to drive development programmes which support team members with their personal and career progression.

Commenting, Arc Inspirations Co-Founder and CEO Martin Wolstencroft, said: “We’re thrilled to have Lee come onboard and join the Arc family. He embodies the passion and values we have here at Arc and brings with him a unique wealth of knowledge and experience which will be invaluable as we take our business into the next phase of its growth and development. Our success is truly down to the incredible hard work and dedication of our people and we are delighted to have Lee involved to drive this further in the months ahead.” 

Lee Woolley, said: “I’m delighted to be joining the wonderful Arc team and to build on what’s already a great culture. Martin and the team have created a truly inspirational business with a winning culture and passion that I’m excited to be a part of. Arc offers fantastic training, rewards and incentives to people across all levels and everyone get involved in team development, which makes it stand out from the rest. I’m excited to bring my experience in to help people make a career for themselves within this fantastic industry, and at a wonderful business like Arc Inspirations.”

Arc Inspirations currently operates 19 premium bars across the Midlands and the North of England, under the brands of Banyan Bar & Kitchen, BOX and Manahatta. The business posted record revenues for its most recent financial year (year ending 31st March 2022), and recently launched its largest BOX venue to date, in Brindleyplace, Birmingham. The company is planning to open at least four more sites in a ‘transformational’ next 12 months including BOX in Nottingham, and Manahatta in Newcastle next month, with their ambition to open 50 sites by 2030.

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