The CIS Excellence Awards Advisory Board 2020

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 Island and North-West England. With extensive experience across the catering and hospitality recruitment spectrum, Jonathan is ideally placed to join the CIS Excellence Awards.

Roy Brett

Proprietor and Executive Chef
Ondine Restaurant, Edinburgh

Widely considered Scotland’s top seafood chef, Roy trained at the Savoy before becoming Rick Stein’s head chef in Padstow, Cornwall. Moving back to Scotland as chef director for Dakota Hotels before opening Ondine in 2009, he has over the last decade forged a reputation as a champion of Scottish seafood and advocate of sustainable sourcing. Working with small local suppliers, Roy continually innovates and reinvents Ondine’s menus to create exceptional dishes that make the most of the finest Scottish ingredients. The recipients of a clutch of awards including AA Restaurant of the Year, the Good Food Guide’s Scottish Restaurant of the Year and, ultimately, CIS Excellence Chef of the Year 2010, Roy and his colleagues remain at the forefront of Scottish cuisine.

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.

Jill Chalmers

Managing Director
Glenapp Castle Hotel

As MD of the CIS Excellence Award-winning Glenapp Castle, Jill is well-versed in running five-star hotels and resorts. Launching her own hotel management organisation, Suite Company, in 2005, she advises owners on strategy, operations, development and asset management. With a management career spanning more than two decades, her unique blend of specialist knowledge, expertise, experience and foresight means she is ideally placed to join the CIS Advisory Board.

Catriona Dick

Head of Human Resources

With over 20 years’ experience in HR, Catriona understands the complexity of the sector and its unique HR demands. An advocate for encouraging more young people and women into technology-related sectors, she has been instrumental in supporting initiatives such as Foundation Apprenticeships and the Digital Xtra Fund, and also oversees Zonal’s work experience and apprenticeship schemes. Highly commended alongside her colleagues in the HR Team of the Year category at the 2019 S1 Awards, they also won the Internal Recruitment Team of the Year at the same event.

Benefitting from an extensive background in hospitality operations, she joins the CIS Excellence Awards Advisory Board at a time when recruitment, retention, engagement and core skills are more relevant than ever before.

Kate Fairlie

Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles

A graduate of Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management, Kate began her career as a personal trainer and waitress at Gleneagles. Over the next 18 years she worked as guest relations manager, during which time she met her future husband, Andrew. A keen cook and now a director of the world-renowned Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Kate helps guide people towards the right lifestyle, nutrition and health choices. Having studied Naturopathic Nutrition, she aims to develop and pursue healthier approaches using a ‘functional medicine’ approach. Joining the team at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie in 2014, she helped develop the famous Secret Garden which supplies Scotland’s only two-Michelin-Starred establishment with a variety of vegetables, fruit and herbs. As a key adviser on the CIS Andrew Fairlie Excellence Award in 2019, she was instrumental in appraising and endorsing the inaugural winner, Dumfries House, and joins us this year as a full member of the CIS Excellence Awards Advisory Board.

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.

Caroline Loudon

(Licensing) TLT LLP

A partner in the Edinburgh office of TLT, Caroline is a licensing specialist with over a decade of experience acting for a wide range of clients including hotels, chefs, retailers, academic institutions, casino operators, sporting venues and individual licensees. One of the few Scottish specialists in gambling law, she works on high level projects alongside clients who regularly commend her for her engagement, strategy and knowledge of this specialist sector. With extensive expertise in licensed hospitality, she joins the CIS Excellence Awards this year to lend her considerable skills, knowledge and experience to the Advisory Board.

Gary MacLean

Scotland's National Chef

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.

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.

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.

Amanda Rosa

Amanda Rosa Interiors

A multi-award-winning interior designer for the hospitality sector, 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 distinctive 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.

Kevin Simpson

Managing Director
Inspire Catering Ltd

Since training as a chef, Kevin has gained extensive experience in hotels, restaurants and contract catering. Holding senior management posts within high profile multi-site contracts, he joined Inspire Catering as operations manager in 2014 and was promoted to the managing direction position following the announcement this year that founders David Pease and Lorna McFarlane were stepping back from the CIS Excellence Award-winning business after 12 years.

Jeremy Wood, Managing Director, BaxterStorey Scotland
Jeremy Wood

Managing Director
BaxterStorey Scotland

With a career spanning three 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.