Our People

Alice Woodwark

Alice Woodwark

Managing Director
- RA Group

Alice joined the Compass family in 2013, moving to Restaurant Associates as Managing Director in 2018. Alice has a successful track record of achieving strong growth and exceptional client satisfaction and has already proved herself instrumental in developing our business and promoting our culinary heritage. Her mission is to make sure that our customers are happy, because they are eating well and are looked after.

David Simms

David Simms

Culinary Director
- RA Group

As Culinary Director, David is responsible for driving our food innovation, developing our supply chain and training our team of talented chefs. Before joining us, David was Managing Director for the Corrigan Collection and prior to that of Simon Rogan’s Umbel Restaurant Group. He has a wealth of Michelin-starred restaurant experience and a real passion for talent development which he uses to inspire and excite our clients.

Steve Chandler

Steve Chandler

Managing Director
- RA Venues

Within his 7 years with RA Group, Steve has built a successful track record of developing robust back of house operations. Using his operational expertise, he ensures that our teams at each venue have all the resources and ongoing quality assurance processes in place to consistently deliver the highest standards of service and best commercial result.

Greg Mace

Greg Mace

Managing Director
- Rapport

Managing Director Greg Mace is well known in the industry and is a passionate advocate of brilliant Front of House Services, having made it his career for over 25 years and, more specifically, for the last 15 years in the Corporate Front of House sector. Greg is passionate about providing great service and always looks to go the extra mile for our clients.

Duncan Kendall

Duncan Kendall

Business Development Director - RA Group

Duncan is responsible for growing our business by developing new and exciting client relationships. He is a firm believer in working collaboratively to create aspirational food and beverage solutions that are on-trend and help our clients attract and retain the best people in their industry.

Anj Ramburuth

Anj Ramburuth

Finance Director
- RA Group

Anj oversees all elements of finance across RA Group, instilling a commercially-minded ethos across our teams, on behalf of our clients. She and her team have responsibility for ensuring that accurate financial reporting underpins all our operations and instal robust financial controls to give clients comfort that the information can be relied upon.

Victoria Marshall

Victoria Marshall

Head of HR
- RA Group

Victoria joined our business in 2013 and uses her operational and HR experience to drive our people agenda, putting our family at the centre of the business. She is focused on recruiting great people and developing a culture that allows our teams to experience real opportunities at work.

Richard Raven

Richard Raven

Head of Retail
- RA Group

Everything from customer engagement to marketing and retail design, Richard is an integral part of our client service development. Richard meets regularly with onsite teams to ensure they are kept at the forefront of the latest retail trends from across the market. Our clients benefit significantly from Richard’s years of marketing experience in the food services industry as well as his insights into the psychology of retail.

Sonia Carvalho

Sonia Carvalho

Head of Coffee
- RA Group

Our very own Head of Coffee, Sonia, utilises her years of experience and her passion for the brew to help maintain consistency and quality in every cup served. She is available any time to demonstrate our attitude towards a progressive coffee culture, further developing our beverage offer to fully reflect the choice and quality seen on the high street.

Lauren Jay

Lauren Jay

Training & Engagement Manager - Restaurant Associates & RA Venues

Our Training and Engagement Manager Lauren conducts reviews with RA Group staff to determine their current skill levels and the best training and development pathway to prepare them for our clients. Lauren personally ensures that we have the right staff with the integrity, passion and excellence to deliver the best possible service to our clients and customers.

Nicky Martin

Nicky Martin

Head of Nutrition
- RA Group

Nicky possesses ten years’ experience in the food industry, driving behaviour change and improving public health; making her indispensable to our overall Health and Wellbeing strategy. She leads our unique Nourished Life programme, which includes our range of nutritionally balanced menus, social media and online information and advice as well as pop-up site visits from our expert nutritionists.

Celena Fernandez

Celena Fernandez

Head of Environment
- RA Group

We are constantly implementing market-leading environmentally sustainable products and services which enable us to support our clients’ environmental priorities. Celena engages directly with clients to ensure that environmental management of their sites support positive behaviour change and that environmentally friendly practices and standards are consistently achieved.

Jason Atherton

Jason Atherton

Consultant Chef

Jason Atherton was the first British chef to complete a stage at Spain’s famous elBulli restaurant in 1998. This invaluable experience laid the foundation for his unique creative style and fuelled his insatiable thirst for culinary knowledge. Seasoned with this knowledge Jason worked in partnership with RA Group to open the grand Gatsby-esque City Social atop the 24th floor of Tower 42, with its 360-degree views across the City of London. We are proud to be affiliated with an established culinary star of Jason’s calibre.

Albert Roux

Albert Roux

Consultant Chef

One of our most decorated Associate Chefs, Albert Roux OBE is head of the famous cooking dynasty behind such establishments as Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in the UK to be awarded three Michelin Stars. We’re extremely proud to have him as a part of our team, working with our young chefs and passing on his industry knowledge.

Michel Roux Jr.

Michel Roux Jr.

Consultant Chef

Michel Roux Jr. is the dynamic Associate Chef behind our Roux at Parliament Square restaurant and acts exclusively as consultant to Restaurant Associates through Roux Fine Dining. A decorated 2-Star Michelin Chef, Michel provides RA Group with unrivalled access to the highest quality cuisine, which we are able to offer to our clients. Michel lives to bring joy and happiness to every plate and, after so many years of partnering with RA Group, is still delighted as ever to help us achieve our aim of making every meal memorable.

Emily Roux

Emily Roux

Consultant Chef

Following in her legendary family’s culinary cooking footsteps, Michel Roux Jr’s passionate daughter, Emily, provides her own unique insight for great food offerings to our clients. She has an innovative attitude to food which is reflective of the quality service she provides and a family legacy of creating inspiring dishes.

Bryn Williams

Bryn Williams

Consultant Chef

Hailing from Denbigh in North Wales, Bryn Williams learnt to appreciate food and its origins from an early age.

He has worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens in London. He has worked under Marco Pierre White at The Criterion, Michel Roux at Le Gavroche for three years and was senior-sous at The Orrery for four years.

Bryn is now the Chef Patron of Odette’s, taking over the property in October 2008. Bryn also is at Porth Eirias, a beach-front Restaurant, Café & Bar on the North Wales Coast. Bryn also partnered with us to open Bryn Williams at Somerset House, in 2017.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Consultant Chef

River Cottage has been a household name in Britain since 1999, when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall first brought his hands-on, ethical food ethos to our TV screens. Since then, the River Cottage books, TV series and Hugh’s hard-hitting campaigns have changed the eating habits of the nation, as well as improving the welfare of our farm animals and the sustainability of our fish.

Steve Groves

Steve Groves

Consultant Chef

Steve Groves is Head Chef of Roux at Parliament Square, the London restaurant operated by Restaurant Associates in consultation with Michel Roux Jr. He previously worked as Sous Chef at Launceston Place before taking part in and winning MasterChef: The Professionals in 2009.

Dipna Anand

Dipna Anand

Consultant Chef

Inspired by her father’s authentic Punjabi dishes at their renowned family restaurant, Brilliant Restaurant, Dipna is on a mission to prove that true Indian cuisine can be healthy, inventive and delicious. Her pop-up events bring a wide range of amazing dishes including plant-based options from her restaurant and cookbook Beyond Brilliant to our customers.