Head of Talent at Lore Group
HR Manager – Talent at Jumeirah
Regional Recruitment Manager – UK at Rocco Forte Hotels
Recruitment Manager at Rhubarb Hospitality Collection
Consultant at PSD
Simon has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry. Having found his passion for hospitality in a part time job as a potwash in his local pub, Simon went on to study hospitality at Sheffield Hallam, completing his internship and graduate schemes in the US. Moving back to London, Simon gained experience working in a variety of operational departments including Kitchens, Front Office and Sales, Simon then took his first step into recruitment joining PSD as a Consultant, focusing on senior hires within the restaurant and bar sector.
Simon then held positions managing recruitment for Rhubarb Hospitality Collection, Rocco Forte Hotels and Jumeirah, before joining Lore Group as Head of Talent in 2021. In this role, Simon is responsible for leading the talent strategy for the growing group of six hotels across the UK, USA and Netherlands that include Sea Containers London, One Hundred Shoreditch and Pulitzer Amsterdam.
What do you enjoy about working within HR in the Hospitality industry
Having only worked in hospitality during my career and having developed from operational roles and into talent over the last 6 years, I have a strong passion for the people in this industry and want to make a difference when it comes to promoting the industry as a career of choice. I strongly feel that hospitality gives people an opportunity to develop themselves both personally and professionally in a way that surpasses most other industries. Seeing people come in fresh to the industry and watching them flourish and grow in their careers is something that gives me an immense level of satisfaction.
Why you joined the HR in Hospitality Committee
As the industry has had a bit of a hard time over the last few years, I feel it is now the time for us to make changes in the way we operate and to really refocus the industry on its biggest asset, its people. The way people think about work is has changed, and we now need to adapt in order to get out of the challenging cycle we are in now when it comes to recruitment.
By being a committee member for HR in Hospitality, I hope to be able to add value to the group and to be involved in the recognition initiatives of in order to encourage and motivate hospitality workers to continue to excel in our industry.
I also feel very strongly that we need to grow our links with the academic side of hospitality education, as well as expand our reach into schools and capture the interest of the younger generation while they are still at school. I feel that being a part of HR in Hospitality will allow me to have a bigger impact on this as it will allow us to have a bigger impact with a collaborative approach as opposed to a single company.
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