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MEET OUR LEEDS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FHN Marketing Director
KARINA NAVARRO MARENO SPITTLE
FHN Marketing Director
LEEDS FHN HOTSEAT
HEAD OF SALES AND MARKETING
THAI LEISURE GROUP
Hey Lynsey, thanks for being one of our Leeds Hot-Seats!
Please tell us a little bit about your career journey – what led you into the hospitality industry?
I have always worked in hospitality from the age of 16 and fell in love with the industry. I then made the decision to study Hospitality Business Management at Sheffield Hallam where I did a year placement at Gleneagles hotel which was incredible. upon graduating I moved to Leeds to start at role at Loch Fyne in management and moved onto Browns. Events and marketing had always been my favourite part of the industry and when an opportunity came up at Chaophraya Leeds I couldn’t refuse the opportunity!
You’ve been with Thai Leisure Group for 7 years, congratulations! Please tell us about your role, the company and the journey so far?
I started as events and marketing manager back in 2012 when we had secured investment to grow across the two floors in Leeds. we then started our brand Thaikhun which I express interest in opening so supported this whilst still being in Leeds around 2 years later we were expanding Thaikhun and was offered the Brand manager role for that brand which involved opening a further 7 sites. then about 2 years ago I was offered the role of heading up all 4 brands we own which I soon snapped up!
What’s your favourite thing about the role that you do?
the diversity of the role no day is the same and of course all of the incredible people I work with.
What would you say motivates you everyday?
Loving the company I work for and the people I work with.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
Winning an award at the Restaurant Marketer and Innovator award for the work on our one customer view point.
Throughout your career have you drawn inspiration from anyone in particular? (male or female)
I have drawn many bits of inspiration from all over I guess. my manager at Gleneagles was incredible and had worked all over the world. my tutor at university constantly pushing me to strive for the best. and a cheesy one but my parents, they have raised us up to always be our self and strive for the best and supported us throughout everything.
Are there any emerging trends with the industry (marketing or hospitality) you think we’ll see more off over the next few years?
automation – restaurant of the future. online, technology and digital taking more and more presence within the industry. along with delivery.
What do you find most challenging about working in the hospitality industry?
this one I guess isn’t challenging as I like the fast paced nature but sometimes can be tricky is the reactiveness of it. Hospitality is constantly on the move and has to keep up with everything and at times you want to role with an idea but then could be relying on a third party to support which slows you down. if that makes sense!
What advice would you give to young women who are looking to get into the industry?
Stay strong, fight for what you believe in, follow your heart and never give up.
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner, (alive or that have passed), who would they be and why would you invite them?
Vicky McClure – absolute legend
Gary Barlow – (well in fact all of take that!)
Michelle Obama – I have read her book and just find her inspiring
Rosie Ramsey – my current girl crush and in fact her husband too I love their podcast