Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty-five years' corporate and finance experience. As CEO, Mark has group responsibility for the Hawthorn Leisure community pub portfolio and its strategic and operational performance. Mark lives an active life as a keen runner and cyclist and will probably persuade you to join the annual "Way of the Roses" charity bike ride followed by a deserved pint of Guinness or two.
Alongside his CEO role Mark is Chief Financial Officer and a founding Director of NewRiver REIT plc, a FTSE 250 Company. View Mark's NewRiver profile here.
Edith is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over twenty years' experience, specialising in advising the business in strategic and operational matters and talent development. Edith promotes people as the heartbeat of our pub company and ensures talent, well-being and the HR strategy are central to everything we do.
Edith is not only the COO of Hawthorn Leisure but is Head of HR at NewRiver REIT plc, a FTSE 250 Company. View her NewRiver profile here.
Matt is a Chartered Management Accountant with over twenty years of financial and general management experience across hospitality, retail, travel and other customer facing sectors. Matt oversees the financial and commercial functions within Hawthorn and has a real passion for transforming and improving businesses. Matt is a keen runner, and in keeping fit, he has the energy and enthusiasm for both his team and his family.
Mark is an experienced operator and a founding member of Hawthorn Leisure. He brings with him over twenty-five years of experience in the leisure and hospitality sector, having held senior roles in JD Wetherspoon and EI Group. Now leading the operations at Hawthorn Leisure, you'll find Mark using his skills and experience from both Managed and Leased and Tenanted businesses to develop the strategy. Most important for Mark is his people - his team, his family, and his Labrador.
David is the Non-Executive Chairman of Hawthorn Leisure and is also Executive Deputy Chairman of NewRiver REIT plc. David co-founded NewRiver in 2009 and served as its CEO until April 2018. David is an experienced and successful entrepreneur, having founded several property businesses across the United Kingdom.
Gerry has over thirty years of experience in the leisure and hospitality sector, having held senior roles with EI Group Whitbread, Mitchells and Butlers, Little Chef, Warner Bros and Vue. In September 2019, he stepped down as CEO of Hawthorn Leisure, but the business continues to benefit from Gerry’s expertise and sector knowledge in his role as Non-Executive Director on the Hawthorn Leisure Pub REIT Board.
Ash is an experienced operator, having worked with EI Group and across the FMCG sector. He brings with him over ten years of pub industry experience to lead the Southern region of Hawthorn Leisure Operations. Ash thrives off the fast-paced nature of the pub industry and generally lives his life in the fast lane. Ash is a keen motorbike racer, gym goer and father to toddler Lucas (who certainly keeps him on his toes).
After a fourteen-year career in food retail, Andy decided it was time to go back to his roots. With a passion for pubs and developing great performing teams, Andy leads the Northern region of the Operations team. When he’s not out in trade with his team, Andy can be found cycling to his local pub for a well-deserved Carling while watching the football.
Elaine has over eleven years of experience in senior operator roles, having worked previously for Greene King and Punch Taverns, and now heads up our Operations team in Scotland. When she is not challenging her team, Elaine spends her downtime enjoying the countryside, while walking the many dogs that board with her.
Jenn has over ten years of experience in the pub, restaurant and hospitality sector. She is responsible for the marketing and PR support for Hawthorn Leisure, our Operator Managed pubs and Leased & Tenanted pubs. When she’s not out spec testing in our pubs or scouting for the latest trends, she is running around after her toddler and Shih Tzu.
Chris is our class act buyer with over twenty years of experience in drinks sales and purchasing, for big pub companies in the UK and Australia. Chris is responsible for making sure our Partners get the product they need. A keen cyclist and rugby fan, Chris takes his role of ‘market research’ in the pubs very seriously.
Suzie is CIPD qualified and with over seven years of HR experience, she supports the Hawthorn Leisure team dealing with operational and strategic HR. When Suzie isn’t focussed on recruitment, employee well-being and training, you can find her jetting off to a new destination to explore.
Ed is MRICS Chartered, and brings considerable experience in the leisure sector, having worked in Acquisitions and Asset Management roles at Pizza Hut, Stonegate and MOD Pizza. Ed forms great relationships with agents and operators alike. If Ed’s not at work, he’s either in the gym or booking his next holiday.
Andrew is an experienced leader with a passion for pubs and a broad experience base in Property. He has over ten years of experience in the pub sector, having worked at Greene King and Heineken. When he’s not at work Andrew enjoys relaxing on sailing holidays with his family.
With over twenty years of experience in senior finance roles, and having worked with most of the big pub companies, Daryl was attracted to Hawthorn Leisure for its ambitious growth plans and pace of change, and of course, the fact that he loves a good pub! Daryl loves travelling with his family and making memories – just like his lifelong football club Leicester City F.C. did (once!)