A Day in the Life… Jonathan Topping, general manager of Clayton Hotel, Belfast

A Day in the Life… Jonathan Topping, general manager of Clayton Hotel, Belfast

WHAT DOES YOUR CURRENT ROLE INVOLVE? I’ve been in the role since the start of February 2018. It involves managing all aspects of a 170-bedroom 4* hotel with a full leisure club, swimming pool and fitness centre, as well as multiple meeting and events spaces. WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? I... View Article

A Day in the Life… Patrick Crowley, managing director of Shake Mix Muddle

A Day in the Life… Patrick Crowley, managing director of Shake Mix Muddle

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am the owner of Shake Mix Muddle, an international bartending school which I set up 18 months ago. We’re an educational service to provide qualifications to the hospitality industry covering everything from bartending, cocktail services, wines and spirits to coffee. WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?... View Article

A Day in the Life… Judith Owens, chief executive of Titanic Belfast

A Day in the Life… Judith Owens, chief executive of Titanic Belfast

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? As chief executive of Titanic Belfast, a world-leading tourist attraction, SS Nomadic and the Titanic Exhibition Centre, it’s my role to ensure we continue to go from strength to strength, commercially. It’s my job to grow the business year-on-year and continue to develop, building upon... View Article

A Day in the Life…  Leanne Rice, golf marketing manager for Tourism NI

A Day in the Life… Leanne Rice, golf marketing manager for Tourism NI

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I joined Tourism NI in August last year. As golf marketing manager, my role involves developing and implementing a strategic golf marketing plan to enhance Northern Ireland’s Made for Golf position and to drive the Golf Strategy to increase the value of golf tourism to... View Article

A Day in the Life… Caroline McCusker, event manager for IFEX with Fresh Montgomery

A Day in the Life… Caroline McCusker, event manager for IFEX with Fresh Montgomery

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am the events manager for IFEX and ScotHot, which is owned by Fresh Montgomery. At Fresh Montgomery, we specialise in trade shows for the food, drink and hospitality industries in Belfast and across the UK as well as Asia and South Africa. Our portfolio... View Article

A Day in the Life… Siobhan O’Sullivan, director of sales and marketing, Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast

A Day in the Life… Siobhan O’Sullivan, director of sales and marketing, Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am director of sales and marketing at the five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast, and I have been in this role for the past seven years. I am fully responsible for all sales and marketing activity, which includes strategic planning, budgets and achieving all of our... View Article

A Day in the Life… Niall McMullan, managing director, Hercules Brewing Company

A Day in the Life… Niall McMullan, managing director, Hercules Brewing Company

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? Managing director of Hercules Brewing Company. It involves everything from brewing to accounts, export, health and safety risk assessments, and of course selling. You name it and I probably do it. WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? I’ve worked in the hospitality sector since my late teens,... View Article

A Day in the Life… David Anderson, Northern Ireland Regional Director, Shopper Anonymous NI

A Day in the Life… David Anderson, Northern Ireland Regional Director, Shopper Anonymous NI

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? Northern Ireland regional director for Shopper Anonymous. Shopper Anonymous is the only franchised mystery shopping company in the world, and I bought the Northern Ireland franchise in July 2014. My role is supporting businesses to grow sales and profit by driving great service standards and... View Article

A Day in the Life… Seamus O’Hara city general manager, Carlson Rezidor

A Day in the Life… Seamus O’Hara city general manager, Carlson Rezidor

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am currently city general manager for Radisson Blu and Park Inn Belfast, having started on May 1. My role is to help develop the hotels and teams to reach their maximum potential, whilst creating a safe environment for the guests and team. WHAT IS... View Article

A Day in the Life… Brian McRandal, owner of Cookiebox & The Curran Court Hotel, Larne

A Day in the Life… Brian McRandal, owner of Cookiebox & The Curran Court Hotel, Larne

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am the founder and co-owner along with my wife Claire of the Cookiebox, which was started in December 1998 and now has five shops in and around the greater Belfast area with a sixth one due to open before the end of June at... View Article