New role supports widespread restructure as Lusso gears up for growthLusso - the corporate fine dining and hospitality specialist - has appointed Matt Symonds as its new Operations Director. He will report to Managing Director Paul Hurren - who has recruited Matt to play a pivotal role in a wider team restructure.
As a part of this restructure Matt takes responsibility for managing all sites under the Lusso brand - and he will have three Operations Managers, two Group Managers, a Site Manager and a Project Manager reporting to him. Paul will now adopt a more strategic role and additionally aims to grow the Lusso portfolio by working in partnership with his business development team.
Matt joins from Baxter Storey, where he was responsible national contracts including the British Airways, Siemens, and Royal Bank of Scotland accounts. Prior to that, he worked at niche caterer Lexington, where he specialised in business development and operations in London. Career highlights so far include: opening a new Cancer Research Institute for 250 guests hosted by Prince Philip; and running the players bar at Wembley Stadium after an England match - where he politely had to decline to serve one of the stars.
Matt cites the power and potential of the Lusso brand as the motivation for joining: “I have been really impressed with the brand and the people in the front line of our business. There is so much passion from the teams to provide great food and service. Lusso comes up with bespoke solutions for each client, creates change and reacts quickly, while the support of a larger company (parent CH&Co) ensures we have the purchasing power to provide great value to clients too.”
Lusso’s managing director Paul Hurren said: “Matt joins at a very exciting time. We are going through a dynamic period of change as we continue to put our customers first in everything we do, and also go for growth. Joining now gives Matt the opportunity to help shape the future of the business.”
Outside work Matt loves mountain biking in the Welsh mountains and scuba diving. Currently he is training to take part in the Rat Race Scotland Coast 2 Coast challenge - a two day cycling, running and kayaking event that raises money for the muscular dystrophy charity "Fighting Back for Jack".