The CIS Excellence Awards Advisory Board 2020

Andrea Nicholas

Chair: Andrea Nicholas, Co-founder and Managing Director, Green Tourism

Having spent 15 years as a chartered landscape architect, in 1997 Andrea moved into sustainable tourism. In addition to developing the Enviro-Mark for the New Zealand tourist board and her role as lead consultant in the development of a sustainability programme for the Swedish Government, she has over the last 20 years built Green Tourism into the go-to standard for sustainable business, with over 2,500 members across the UK, Canada and Africa. An ardent supporter of local, responsibly sourced food and drink – particularly Scottish seafood – she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new role as Chair of the Advisory Board.

Andrew Adam

Commercial Director
Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers

Responsible for the account executive team operating in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Galashiels and northeast Scotland, Andy’s four decades of experience make him an excellent fit for the CIS Excellence Awards Advisory Board. Having looked after all types of insurance during his career, he now focuses mainly on the hospitality sector, whisky industry, social housing and commercial arenas. Through his extensive experience and contacts, Andy is well placed to assist in appraising and judging nominations for the CIS Excellence Awards.
Matthew Brown

Director of Healthcare & Hospitality
HRC Recruitment

A qualified chef, Matthew worked for nearly a decade in various positions in Italy and England before changing vocations and entering the recruitment sector in 1998. Having worked in various roles over the last 20 years, he joined HRC Recruitment in 2019 and now focuses on recruiting across the Scottish market for a range of positions and sectors, including management and staff for the 2020 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this November. A member of the CIS Excellence Awards Advisory Board since 2008, he brings with him over 25 years’ experience of the Scottish catering and hospitality industry.

Sue Hitchen

The Foodies Festival

As Editor of Foodies magazine, Sue has spent much of her career choosing recipes and accepting invitations to review new restaurants and bars. In founding the festival in Edinburgh back in 2006, she wanted to start a fun, family-orientated event that celebrated local food and drink. Now in their 14th year, each of the UK-wide festivals works alongside top chefs, bakers, pâtisserie chefs, chocolatiers, restaurants, artisan producers, distillers and brewers to entertain and educate thousands of visitors each year.

Anne Lee

Organisational Lead for Health and Work Award Programmes
NHS Health Scotland

With a Behavioural Sciences degree and post-graduate qualifications in social science research and public health, Anne joined NHS Health Scotland in 2005. Having worked closely with the Scottish Government’s education department on developments including the Curriculum for Excellence and the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) Scotland Act 2007, she is currently the organisational lead for both the healthyliving award and the Healthy Working Lives Award.

Ray Lorimer, Managing Director, At Your Convenience Ltd
Ray Lorimer

Managing Director
At Your Convenience Ltd

Known for his experience and unrivalled knowledge, Ray has been an integral part of the CIS Excellence Awards Advisory Board since its formation in 2004. After 10 years as executive chef and culinary controller at Unilever Food Solutions, he moved back to Scotland in 2012 to launch his own culinary consultancy, Catering at Your Convenience, which assists chefs with recipe concepts and menu development, while helping to educate clients about healthier food. Equipped with a first class honours degree in international culinary arts, he is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Kevin MacGillivray

Scottish Culinary Team Director

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Kevin is known for mentoring young talent for the Scottish catering industry. A previous recipient of the Scottish Chef of the Year and Flavour of Scotland Awards, he joined the board of Scottish Chefs in 1999, taking up the role of President a decade later. Having served as a judge of various competitions including ScotHot’s World Culinary Grand Prix, he was appointed the only A-class judge in Scotland by World Chefs.

Gary MacLean

Senior Lecturer
City of Glasgow College

A highly motivated educator with over 15 years’ teaching and two decades’ competition experience, Gary is a past victor of the Brakes Student Chef Challenge, Nestlé’s Toque d’Or and the Royal Canapé Competition at Buckingham Palace. A culinary arts coach with World Skills, he was named 2016’s UK Masterchef: The Professionals champion and in 2017 was awarded the twin titles of CIS Excellence Hospitality Educator of the Year and Scotland’s National Chef.

Sandra Reid

Managing Director
Fare Consulting

Supporting businesses of all shapes and sizes to make the most of their hospitality offers, Sandra has been in the industry for over 30 years, with roles from chef-proprietor in her own restaurant to contract management for some of Scotland’s most prominent visitor attractions. Working with iconic locations including the V&A Dundee, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and Mount Stuart, she has also supported the catering offers of a number of social enterprises with training and mentoring. Currently a member of Scotland’s National Food Tourism Board, she is also a member of REHIS, the Institute of Hospitality and Women in Tourism.

Jeremy Wood, Managing Director, BaxterStorey Scotland
Jeremy Wood

Managing Director
BaxterStorey Scotland

With a career spanning two decades, Jeremy formed part of the team that helped open the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and was instrumental in the mobilisation of the new Parliament building at Holyrood five years later. Joining the UK’s largest independent caterer in 2008 he has since played a pivotal role in securing and retaining contracts in Scotland and the north of England. A member of the Awards Advisory Board since 2011, he brings with him a unique blend of skills and experience in the catering sector.

Jonathan Baillie

Regional Sales Manager

Having operated bars, restaurants and nightclubs within Scotland for over a decade before joining the recruitment sector, Jonathan has worked for for the past 11 years. Taking up the post of Regional Sales Manager in 2019, he now oversees the complete operation across Scotland, Northern Ireland and North-West England. With extensive experience across the catering and hospitality recruitment spectrum, Jonathan is ideally placed to join the CIS Excellence Awards.

Gordon McIntyre

Associate Head for Hospitality & Tourism
City of Glasgow College

A graduate of the former Glasgow College of Food Technology and Glasgow Caledonian University, Gordon has been delivering and managing education and training for over 30 years. With extensive experience in hotel and public house management and, of course, teaching, he is expertly qualified to join the CIS Excellence Awards Advisory Board. The very definition of a people person, he works with the SQA, Springboard Scotland and the Scottish Tourism Skills Group, and sits as chair of Hospitality Health, a charity that supports employers and staff within the hospitality industry. A previous recipient of the CIS Excellence Hospitality Educator of the Year Award in 2016 and the HIT Scotland Industry Award in 2018, last year Gordon was also awarded’s Ambassador to the Industry Award.

Amanda Rosa

A multi-award-winning interior designer, Amanda began her career designing bars and restaurants including Rogano and One Devonshire Gardens.  Drawing inspiration from 1930s art deco, travel, fashion, nature and music, her distinct design style has won her projects including Ken McCulloch’s Malmaison hotels in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester; Gleneagles Hotel and Spa; The Old Course Hotel St Andrews, and the McCulloch’s Dakota hotels in Scotland and England. With accolades including, among many others, International Interior Designer of the Year, Best Independent Hotel in Europe and Scotland’s Most Stylish Hotel, Amanda brings expertise, experience and a fine eye for detail to the CIS Excellence Award Advisory Board.