Breaking News: Arena’s Face2Face Event returns for 2022 with a panel of industry leaders

By Berenice, Monday 17 January 2022

This year’s Face2Face event brings to the stage not one, but a panel of inspirational hospitality and foodservice leaders. Taking place on Tuesday 1 March 2022 at the iconic Hyde Park 5 star Royal Lancaster London Hotel we are delighted to introduce our panel of speakers...


Helen Milligan-Smith, Managing Director, Aramark UK

Kate Nicholls OBE, CEO, UKHospitality

Zoe Bowley, Managing Director UK & Ireland, Pizza Express

Sally Beck, General Manager, Royal Lancaster London Hotel

Joanna Aunon, Director, Women in Hospitality, Travel and Leisure (WiHTL)


After our drinks and canape reception, Kate Nicholls OBE, CEO, UKHospitality will address our audience and provide an informative update on the key issues affecting the industry and how she is working with the government to alleviate some of these issues.

Guests will then enjoy a fabulous three course lunch with wine after which our all-female panel will take to the stage to take part in a powerful, insightful, thought-leadership discussion.

Some of the topics being discussed by our panel include:

Challenges and opportunities – what are the major challenges they believe are affecting the foodservice and hospitality sector, what other support do they feel they need from the government post-Covid and what opportunities are arising.

Approach to building relationships – as a leader, how do you build strong, solid relationships with your teams, suppliers, customers and industry colleagues 

Career Journeys – our speakers will describe their career journeys to date discussing any challenges and opportunities along the way

Diversity and Inclusion – how do you get more diverse thinking into your business to make it more inclusive, creating more opportunities for more people and encouraging your employees to feel part of your organisation?  

Given that this event features an all-female panel and takes place one week before International Women’s Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – the discussion will also look at:

  • what advice would our panel give to women starting out on a career in hospitality
  • barriers they may have come across and how did they overcome them
  • how can we as an industry collaborate to help women progress
  • how can we get more women onto boards 
  • why do you feel boards are not 50:50 men and women

All these areas and more will be discussed so book your tickets now.    

Who Should Attend

This event is for anyone working in the foodservice and hospitality sector either as a supplier to the industry or an operator within it.  Regardless of your gender or job role or whether you are at the start of your career, a senior manager or have 30 plus years experience, there is a lot to be gained and learned from our fabulous panel of inspirational leaders. 

You will also have the opportunity to catch up with existing and new industry colleagues to build and cement those all-important business relationships. As with all Arena events, guests will be able to view the guest list prior to the event to see who is attending and plan who they would like to meet.  

Click here to find out more about our panellists and to buy tickets

Book your tickets Arena’s Christmas event with CH&CO’s Tim Jones, Bill Toner & Allister Richards

By Berenice, Thursday 18 November 2021

Tickets are selling fast for Arena's highly popular Christmas Event which returns to the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel, London, on Monday 6 December 2021. If you haven't yet secured your place, now is the time to do so.

As CH&CO celebrates its 30th anniversary, we’re delighted to welcome its Founder & Chairman, Tim Jones, CEO, Bill Toner and COO, Allister Richards, for a fascinating, in-depth interview hosted by Jane Renton, Industry Journalist and Executive Editor, H2O Publishing Ltd.


Join industry friends and colleagues to hear from Tim, Bill and Allister as they look at how things have changed over the past three decades and what’s next for the diverse catering and hospitality business and wider industry.

Reserve your place now to hear from our inspirational speakers and connect with foodservice and hospitality professionals from across the sector. You’ll also enjoy a superb drinks and canapé reception, a three-course lunch with wine, and the Mandarin Oriental’s five-star hospitality. 

This is one of Arena's most popular events and will provide you with an opportunity to not only hear from our fabulous speakers but also celebrate our wonderful, resilient industry and catch up with industry friends and colleagues face to face.  

Click here to find out more and book your tickets  or contact Lorraine Wood by email or on 07803 853618.

We look forward to seeing you next month!