Be At One recruits new directors in management revamp

Be at One portraits. photo by Rob Wilkinson

Expanding bar group Be At One has appointed a new operations director as part of a restructuring of its management team.

Chief operating officer Andrew Stones has taken on the new role of managing director after joining the business seven years ago as operations director.

The new operations director is Adam Gregory who has joined from restaurant group Leon where he was director of restaurants. This followed five years at Wagamama where he held senior operational roles in both the UK and the US. Prior to that he worked for Welcome Break and in a variety of managerial roles at TGI Friday’s.

The group has also appointed a new people director, Gillian Lambden, who has spent six years in senior HR roles with a number of leading hospitality sector brands, most recently at Franca Manca and previously Itsu. She also has a background in operations management for grab-and-go concepts such as Eat and Pret A Manger.

Steve Locke, Leigh Miller and Rhys Oldfield remain as executive directors of the business which they founded in 1998 and have built up to 33 bars across the UK including 17 in London.

The appointments come as the business closes out another record financial year with total sales exceeding £40million, earnings (EBITDA) of £5.7million and like-for-like sales up 7% – ahead of the market average.

Chairman Mark Derry said: “These key appointments signal a strong statement of intent for the business as we celebrate the important milestone of our 20th-anniversary year.

“I am delighted that Andrew has moved into his new role to lead Be At One as we look to embark on the next chapter of our exciting growth journey. Since he joined the business in 2011, Andrew has made an invaluable contribution and I’m absolutely convinced under his leadership the Be At One brand will continue to go from strength to strength.

“Furthermore, both Adam and Gillian bring with them wide-ranging experience and industry expertise which will undoubtedly enhance our capability from both an operational and people development perspective.”

Be At One’s previous HR director Graham McDonnell left in December after nearly eight years to become head of talent at Turtle Bay Restaurants.

Pictured, left to right: Steve Locke, finance director Toby Rolph, Rhys Oldfield, Andrew Stones and Leigh Miller. Photo by Rob Wilkinson

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