Robin Rowland returns to co-chair Peach 2020

Industry leader Robin Rowland will again share the chairing duties at the Peach 2020 conference with event founder Peter Martin.

Industry leader Robin Rowland (pictured above) will again share the chairing duties at the Peach 2020 conference with event founder Peter Martin. This year’s exclusive, invitation-only event for the sector’s top executives and entrepreneurs is being held again at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, on Wednesday, November 21.

Rowland, now Operating Partner at private equity firm TriSpan, recently stepped down as CEO of YO! Sushi but still remains on its board, as well as those of Marston’s, Caffe Nero and Rosa’s Thai, and brings a wealth of operational and senior management experience.

With Peter Martin, he will be guiding the conference agenda and putting the tough questions to this year’s panellists. Speakers will be drawn from both the corporate and entrepreneurial sides of the business.

wagamama customer director Emma Woods

Those already confirmed include one of the sector’s most experienced executives Mike Tye, former boss of Spirit Group, David Lloyd, Premier Inn and Costa, and now chair of Moto and NED at The Restaurant Group, Emma Woods (pictured left), customer director at Wagamama and non-exec at Gym Group, Stephen Finch (pictured below right), founder and managing director of Vagabond Wines, as well as UK Hospitality’s ceo Kate Nicholls and Pho’s head of marketing and founder of Ladies of Restaurants Libby Andrews.

A key theme of Peach 2020, which is run by CGA, the industry’s leading research and insight consultancy, will be understanding the implications of what’s new and changing in this highest competitive marketplace, from consumer tastes and habits to legislation to operational innovation. CGA’s own team will present the latest thinking on using data and insight in tracking trends and market opportunities.

Full details of this year’s conference programme will be announced in coming weeks, but the agenda will cover the sector’s biggest issues – business pressures, politics, diversity, supply chain, international, technology and where to find growth opportunities.

Vagabond Wines founder and managing director Stephen Finch

As ever, the conference will be followed in the evening by the annual Peach Hero & Icon Awards dinner, honouring the best in the industry, and hosted by Peter Martin and CGA ceo Phil Tate. Industry voting that will help to draw up the final category short-lists will start in September.

The awards will honour dozens of outstanding operators across the out-of-home eating and drinking markets and will include the unique Icon awards, which recognise those individuals who have made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the sector.

VIP invitations for the 2018 event are being sent out now, and with over 150 industry leaders already confirmed to attend, organisers are planning for another sell-out.

The conference and awards dinner are both strictly invitation-only events, with places reserved for senior executives in operating companies. To inquire about attending please submit your request here:

CGA is grateful to our sponsors of this year’s Peach 2020: Asahi, Casual Dining, Chapman Ventilation, Coffer Corporate Leisure, CPL Online, Diageo, Fishbowl, Fourth, Odgers Berndtson, Natwest/RBS, Reynolds, RSM, Yumpingo and Zonal.

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