Staff changes prepare Drake & Morgan for growth

Taskin MuzafferDrake & Morgan, which operates five bar-restaurants in London, has announced a series of internal promotions as it prepares to expand with eight new sites by late 2015.

Operations manager Taskin Muzaffer (pictured) has been promoted to business development director, responsible for the strategic growth of the business and overseeing the launches of all new venues.

Taskin began his career working at former London bar group Babushka, rising from bartender to senior operational roles. After working at Fifth Floor restaurant and bar at Harvey Nichols in London, he joined Drake & Morgan in 2009 as the launch general manager of the first bar, The Refinery in Southwark.

His former role of operations manager has been taken over by Paul Loebenberg, who was most recently general manager of the company’s bar, The Folly, near Monument. Paul has been replaced by his deputy, Foni Tsouvallas.

Lisa Yearwood has been promoted from general manager at Drake & Morgan’s The Drift to head of marketing for the whole group. Her assistant general manager Wayne Feddon has taken over her role at The Drift.

Sam O’Neil has moved from general manager of The Refinery to launch The Happenstance on Ludgate Hill in mid-June as general manager. In turn, Megan Jones has been promoted from assistant general manager to general manger at The Refinery. She previously looked after the bar, restaurant and nightclubs at the Three Crowns in Stoke Newington, north London.

Andrew Lawson, Drake & Morgan’s head of people, said: “The internal promotions highlight the importance Drake & Morgan places on implementing training programmes which allow employees to grow and progress within the company.

“With a rapidly expanding portfolio of venues and such a committed team in place, Drake & Morgan continues to go from strength to strength.”

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