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Whitbread Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee comprises the Whitbread PLC Executive Directors and a number of Senior Executives.

Alison Brittain

Chief Executive


Alison joined Whitbread from Lloyds Banking Group, where she was Group Director of their Retail Division, with responsibility for the Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland retail branch networks, remote / intermediary channels / products and the business banking and wealth businesses. Prior to joining Lloyds Bank, Alison was Executive Director for Retail Distribution and Board Director at Santander UK PLC. She previously held senior roles at Barclays Bank. Alison was named ‘Business Woman of the Year 2017’ in the Veuve Clicquot awards and awarded a CBE in the 2019 New Years honours list.

Nicholas Cadbury

Group Finance Director


Nicholas joined Whitbread in November 2012 as Group Finance Director. He previously worked at Dixons Retail PLC, in a variety of management roles, including Chief Financial Officer from 2008–2011. Nicholas also held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Premier Farnell PLC, which he joined in 2011. Nicholas originally qualified as an accountant with Price Waterhouse.

Louise Smalley

Group HR Director


Louise joined Whitbread in 1995 and has held the position of Group HR Director since 2007. During her time at Whitbread, Louise has held a variety of HR roles across the Whitbread businesses, including HR Director of David Lloyd Leisure and Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants. She previously worked in the oil industry, with BP and Esso Petroleum.

Chris Vaughan

General Counsel


Chris held the position of General Counsel and Chief Corporate Officer at Balfour Beatty PLC from 2007 to 2015. Prior to this, he held senior legal positions at SABMiller PLC and Six Continents PLC (now InterContinental Hotels Group), having originally qualified as a solicitor at Freshfields law firm.

Simon Jones

Managing Director Premier Inn and Restaurants UK


As Managing Director for Premier Inn & Restaurants UK, Simon Jones is passionate about creating a hotel and restaurants business loved by our team members and guests alike. With extensive hospitality experience and insight, Simon leads a 33,000 strong team to consistently serve up great food and provide a great night’s sleep to millions of guests every day across our ever growing network.

Before taking up his current position in September 2016, he held a number of senior roles within the organisation including Managing Director and Marketing & Strategy Director both for Premier Inn UK. Prior to joining Whitbread in 2012, Simon worked as a strategy consultant for over 15 years, latterly as a Partner at OC&C Strategy Consultants, where he advised a broad range of clients with a particular focus on retail and hospitality, including Whitbread’s Restaurant business.

Simon is a qualified Chartered Marketeer and studied Geography at Oxford University as an undergraduate. He is married, with three young children.

Mark Anderson

Managing Director Property and International


Mark Anderson joined Whitbread in January 2006 and was appointed to his current role in September 2016.

Mark is responsible for the acquisition, development and management of Whitbread’s substantial property portfolio and in addition he leads our International businesses for Premier Inn, overseeing development and operations in Germany and the Middle East.

Before joining Whitbread, Mark spent 16 years at J Sainsbury PLC in a variety of senior positions, finally managing all aspects of the property estate.

Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and holds an MBA from Henley Business School.

Nigel Jones

Group Transformation Director


Nigel is responsible for managing Whitbread’s supply chain, including Procurement of all goods and services for the Group and product Logistics, and for leading the overall Whitbread transformation plan.

Before joining Whitbread, Nigel spent 27 years at Tesco in a variety of senior positions across Stores, Technology, Supply Chain, Procurement and finally managing all aspects of International Operations and leading the Tesco/Booker merger programme.

Simon Ewins

Managing Director, Premier Inn

Simon is a hospitality industry advocate and veteran, having spent nearly 30 years in the sector. His passion centres on how hospitality and Whitbread can combine to create outstanding careers for people of all academic levels across the UK.

He is responsible for the Premier Inn business in the UK and Ireland and has worked for Whitbread in senior executive roles for nearly 15 years. Prior to joining Whitbread, he spent time in other large scale hospitality companies and Private Equity.

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