Whitbread Announces New Senior Management Team For Whitbread Hotel & Restaurants

March 11, 2008 // Franchising.com // Whitbread PLC has announced the composition of its new senior management team for the Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants business.

Whitbread is the UK's largest and fastest growing hotel and restaurant company with the leading brands of Premier Inn, Beefeater, Brewers Fayre and Costa.

Patrick Dempsey has been appointed Managing Director of Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants with immediate effect and will report directly to Alan Parker, Chief Executive Officer.

Patrick's executive team will comprise:


  • Mark Anderson UK Property Director
  • Colin Elliot Chief Operating Officer International
  • Paul Flaum Chief Operating Officer UK
  • Maria Horn HR Director
  • Andy Pellington Finance Director
  • Gerard Tempest Marketing Director
  • Ben Wishart Change & Information Director


Alan Parker, Chief Executive Officer of Whitbread, said:

"This is an outstanding management team led by Patrick Dempsey, a highly experienced Managing Director. They will be responsible for continuing the rapid expansion of the business in the UK and abroad, as well as maintaining the current excellent growth in sales and profits".

Management Biographies

Patrick Dempsey, Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

Patrick joined Whitbread in September 2004 as Managing Director of Whitbread Hotel Company with responsibility for the Marriott hotel brand. Prior to Whitbread, he was Managing Director of Forte Hotels UK and CEO of Restaurant Associates – part of the Compass Group. In 2005, Patrick became Managing Director of Premier Inn, now the UK's biggest and fastest growing hotel group, and he has been instrumental in its phenomenal success.

Mark Anderson, UK Property Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

Mark Anderson joined Whitbread in January 2006 as Estates Director for the Whitbread Group of businesses. For the past two years Mark has supported all of Whitbread's Business Units (hotels, restaurants and Costa) on property management, refurbishment, repair and disposal, and has also managed all property aspects of corporate disposal and financing activity. Prior to joining Whitbread, Mark spent sixteen years in the Property team at J Sainsbury in a variety of senior positions, most latterly managing all aspects of the UK estate.

Colin Elliot, Chief Operating Officer - International, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

Prior to his current role, Colin Elliot was the Finance Director of Premier Inn. Colin has been with Whitbread since 2006 and has been instrumental in the growth of the Premier Inn Brand over that time. A Chartered Accountant by training, Colin began his career in Investment Banking before moving to business development with GE Capital and Volkswagen. Prior to joining Whitbread he was the Finance Director of a private equity backed company which he then sold in 2005.

Paul Flaum, Chief Operating Officer - UK, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

Paul began his career at Price Waterhouse where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. In 1998 he joined Odeon Cinemas where he held various positions as Regional Manager across North London and South East London Cinemas. When Odeon was merged with ABC Cinemas, Paul was given the responsibility of Regional Manager for the whole of London and the South East. In 2002, Paul joined Whitbread as Operations Director for Whitbread's Travel Inn shortly before the acquisition of Premier Lodge. Post acquisition, Paul was appointed Chief Operating officer where he led the successful integration of the two businesses.

Maria Horn, HR Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

Maria has worked in the field of Human Resources for eighteen years. She joined Whitbread in April 2003, in HR roles across business development, Marriott and was then appointed HRD to Costa Coffee in May 2005. Maria worked with Costa for two and a half years before being appointed as Human Resources Director to the Restaurants Division in September 2007. She previously worked for a consultancy and in recruitment (search and selection) and prior to that, worked in HR for J Sainsbury for five years.

Andy Pellington,Finance Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

Andy has been in finance for his entire career and has held a variety of roles in companies in the hospitality industry. Andy started at Cadbury Schweppes as a graduate then moved to Pizza Hut where he completed his financial qualifications. In 1991, Andy joined Whitbread but departed a few years later to work as Group Financial Controller at the Laurel Pub Co and as Finance Director at little Chef. He re-joined Whitbread in 2004. Since returning, Andy has held the position of Finance Director in both Restaurants and Premier Inn. He then moved to David Lloyd Leisure, part of the Whitbread Group in 2005 as part of the new management team to lead the turnaround process. Once successfully completed, Andy then led the sale process of David Lloyd Leisure through to completion.

Gerard Tempest,Marketing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

Gerard has spent the last 15 years working in the travel industry in a number of senior marketing positions including Director of Marketing for Thistle Hotels. Gerard joined Whitbread in 2003 as Director of Marketing responsible for the UK & Ireland for the Marriott business. He then became Marketing Director for Premier Inn in November 2005 where he was responsible for all marketing, rebranding from Premier Travel Inn and launching the largest hotel advertising campaign in the UK.

Ben Wishart,Change & Information Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

Ben joined Whitbread in August 2004, as Group Information Systems Director with responsibility for all Information Systems matters across Whitbread. Ben has transformed the IS function into a change embracing unit that focuses on the creation of simple business processes and delivery of great service to all of Whitbread's Brands. Prior to this, Ben worked for Tesco Stores plc where he held UK and International roles in the IT function, and before that, he held various roles with Gemini Consulting, Cap Gemini, and American Express.

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