The 29-strong international restaurant and bar collection Gordon Ramsay Group, led by acclaimed chef, restaurateur and TV personality Gordon Ramsay, has announced it has embarked “upon the next phase of its growth” with the creation of an array of new strategic roles, allied with the introduction of external expertise to work alongside the existing management team.
The new executive team will, say the Group, “concentrate on refining and leveraging the brand’s core values, together with growing the portfolio of restaurants to offer a diverse range of best-in-class dining experiences” across the world.
Long-standing team member Stuart Gillies (pictured above) is promoted from managing director to CEO, and will continue “to focus on the Group’s strategic growth whilst developing the brand’s culture”. Andy Wenlock is promoted from operations director and will take over from Gillies, leading the day-to-day running of the business.
New appointments include David Kerr, who joins the company as financial director from Home House, where he was instrumental in growing the brand’s EBITDA by 66% whilst refinancing the group and raising £23 million.
Charlie Glynn joins as people director from Harris & Hoole where she was responsible for building the people function, and “embedding a strong culture as the business experienced hyper-growth” over a three-year period.
Commenting on the new appointments Gordon Ramsay said: “It’s a very exciting time at Gordon Ramsay Group and we’ve created some new strategic roles as we enter the next phase of development. I’m very excited for Stuart, who’s been with the group for over a decade and a driving force in our international growth, as well as Andy Wenlock who will excel in the role of managing director. I’m looking forward to working closely with these talented individuals as the Group continues to mature and grow.
Gordon Ramsay Group employs more than 700 people in London where it has a collection of 14 restaurants, including the recently opened maze Grill Park Walk and maze Grill Royal Hospital Road. The Group has a total of six Michelin stars, with international restaurants from Europe to the US, the Middle East and Asia. Originally routed in fine dining, the Group has expanded to include more diverse and informal sites offering a wide variety of guest experiences around the globe.