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The Gentlemen Baristas

20 years of excellence

TGP was formed in London in 2002 as an F&B advisory agency offering straightforward management solutions to the hospitality industry. We spent our first five years doing everything from opening 5-star hotels to operating 1,000+ capacity nightclubs. We developed UK market-entry strategies for global brands and F&B concepts for investors.

We then made our first move into the Middle East — developing and implementing the F&B strategy and renovation for the iconic Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut. Once we arrived, we never left and opened our Dubai office in 2012. Now, we help brands and entrepreneurs in countries all over the world as a global hospitality agency.

One clear vision

Our amazing team creates world-class consumer experiences and F&B brands through expertise, innovation and passion to help you reach your goals.

TGP International

Our Team

The excellence we offer is only possible thanks to our incredible team of designers, brand creators and industry experts.

KEY PEOPLE - SENIOR TEAM

Simon Wright
Specialist Skill
Operational and Commercial Expert

Years Experience
35+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
IHG, Conran/D&D Restaurants, Ian Schrager Hotels, Marriott, Alain Ducasse, Expo 2020 Dubai, Phoenicia Hotel Beirut, Waldorf Astoria, Al Futtaim, Emaar, Nakheel, Harrods, Hilton, Selfridges, Westin, The Hoxton, China Grill Management, LDV Hospitality, Fairmont

Simon Wright

Founder & Chairman

Cheryl Sheppard
Specialist Skill
Marketing, Sales & Events

Years Experience
15+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Selfridges, Harrods, by CHLOE., Future Publishing, DMGT, Live Nation, Dominique Ansel Bakery, The Gentlemen Baristas, Alain Ducasse, Reform Social & Grill, The Lebanese Bakery, Matthew Kenney, Expo 2020 Dubai

Cheryl Sheppard

Partner

Alpesh Malde
Specialist Skill
Strategy, Investments, FP&A and Reporting

Years Experience
22+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Kao Brands (John Frieda, Goldwell, KMS, Biore, Jergens, Molton Brown), Berry Brothers and Rudd Spirits (Glenrothes, No3 London Dry Gin, Kings Ginger, Pink Pigeon, Berry Brothers own spirits), NBC Universal, Freshways, AEG (indigo at the O2), Le Meridien Hotels, Unit4, Zellis, The Clancy Group, Halma plc, Chevron, British Council, Metronet, Network Rail

Alpesh Malde

Chief Financial Officer

Nichola Beskine-Taylor
Specialist Skill
Advisory Services, Brand & Concept Development, Interior & Graphic Design

Years Experience
15+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Harrods, Selfridges, Heathrow, Expo 2020 Dubai, MasterCard, LVMH, Fendi, Gucci, Dior, Tiffany, Cartier, Baccarat, Omega, Mont Blanc, Laduree, Alain Ducasse, Tom Kerridge, Janice Wong, Pierre Marcolini, Matthew Kenney, Jean Georges

Nichola Beskine-Taylor

Partner

Daniel Morgan
Specialist Skill
Advisory & Operations

Years Experience
30+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
D&D Restaurants, The Fat Duck Group, The Tashas Group, Alain Ducasse, Caprice Holdings, Seagrass BHG, Oliver Peyton restaurants, IDG Restaurants (LA), Guy Savoy Paris, Monte Carlo Beach Club - SBS, Expo 2020 Dubai

Daniel Morgan

Partner

KEY PEOPLE  - ADVISORY & CONCEPT TEAM

Magdalene Welch
Specialist Skill
Concept Development, Market Research & Trends

Years Experience
3+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Expo 2020 Dubai, Floozie Cookies, 3 Henrietta St, Lilly’s Cafe, Depachika, Alkebulan, There There, El Ta’koy Floozie, The Gentlemen Baristas, NOS, Matthew Kenney, 360 Kuwait, The Lebanese Bakery

Magdalene Welch

Brand Development Manager

Madeline McLeary
Specialist Skill
Concept Development, Art & Design, Presentations

Years Experience
3+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Cunard, P&O Cruises, Whitewall Galleries, Clarendon Fine Art Gallery, Kodak Foodhall, The Galleria Mall, Hall Market, Veg’d, Grazing, Waterfront Project Abu Dhabi, Autograph Collection Hotels, Founders Eatery, Hungry Donkey, NOOA, Le Palais Vendome

Madeline McLeary

Brand Development Manager

Khalil Ayyoub
Specialist Skill
Project Management

Years Experience
10+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Expo 2020, The Tashas Group, Inside Burj Al Arab, indpt Group, Huqqa, Nusr’et, Loca Restaurant & Bar + Various retail and commercial offices

Khalil Ayyoub

Project Director

Olivia Ball
Specialist Skill
Brand & Concept Development, Advisory Services & Project Management

Years Experience
7+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Harrods, Arcadis, Alain Ducasse, LVMH, Dior, Loewe, The Row, Moncler, Off-White, Givenchy, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Victoria Beckham, Chloe, Versace, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Brioni, Canali, Paul Smith

Olivia Ball

Brand Development Manager

Jenine Bedua
Specialist Skill
Project Management

Years Experience
2+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Flamingo Room and Bungalo 34 by Tashas Group, Home Bakery, NOOA, Nala Alserkal, Vibe Café, Aldar and other retail and commercial offices

Jenine Bedua

Brand Development Manager

KEY PEOPLE  - RESEARCH & MARKETING TEAM

Laura Vaglio
Specialist Skill
Marketing, Social Media

Years Experience
6+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Dominique Ansel, by CHLOE, Various brands part of Alfardan Hospitality, Guerlain Spa, Expo 2020 F&B Marketing, Hakkasan, Scalini, Toro Toro, Maya, Roberto’s

Laura Vaglio

Country Manager Qatar

Pauline Ryan
Specialist Skill
Marketing, Events, Content, Paid Media, Partnerships

Years Experience
10+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Confetti, The National Wedding Show, Wedding Style Collective, The Wedding Fairs, Gulf Bike WeekClients & Partners: Condé Nast, TLC, L’Oréal, John Lewis, TUI, Moët & Chandon

Pauline Ryan

Marketing Manager International

Winfred Sela Ondlso
Specialist Skill
Public Relations, Sales, Project Coordination, Market Research

Years Experience
10+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Sheraton Keekorok Lodge, Utalii Hotel, Jimlizer Hotel, Viva Global Limited, Home Centre, LLC Dubai, Expo 2020 Dubai, Lena Lu KSA

Winfred Sela Ondlso

Marketing Assistant

Alexandra Fuidge
Specialist Skill
Marketing, Brand, Strategy

Years Experience
9+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Caple, Floozie, El Takoy, Pivot Bar & Bistro, Lilly’s Cafe, 3 Henrietta St.

Alexandra Fuidge

Consumer Marketing Manager

Alexa Seklecki
Specialist Skill
Digital Marketing, Social Media, Market Research

Years Experience
1+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Yakumi, Sushi Roku, Katana, Robata Bar, BOA Steakhouse, Nampo, Paper moon, OPSO, PizzaLuxe, Adrift Burger Bar, NOOA

Alexa Seklecki

Marketing Intern

KEY PEOPLE  - RESEARCH & MARKETING TEAM

Melina Gravanis
Specialist Skill
Digital Marketing, Social Media

Years Experience
1+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Floozie, El Takoy, Pivot Bar & Bistro, Lilly’s Cafe

Melina Gravanis

Marketing Intern

Riddhi Shukla
Specialist Skill
Marketing

Years Experience
1+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Palazzo Versace Dubai

Riddhi Shukla

Marketing Intern

KEY PEOPLE - CONCEPT & DEVELOPMENT TEAM 

Louis Pous
Specialist Skill
Menu & Food Concept

Years Experience
30+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Asia De Cuba, George V Hotel Paris, Plaza Athenee Hotel New York, Little Palm Island Florida, El Ta'koy London, Miami & New York

Louis Pous

Executive Chef International

Loui Blake
Specialist Skill
Plant-Based Marketing & Brand Development

Years Experience
10+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Wagamama, by CHLOE., Erpingham House, Vegan Dough Co, Matthew Kenney Cuisine, Kalifornia Kitchen

Loui Blake

Restauranteur/Marketer

Mark Greenaway
Specialist Skill
Menu and Food Concept Design, Kitchen Planning

Years Experience
25+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Waldorf Astoria, Dominique Ansel, There There, Grazing, Pivot, Pie & Mash

Mark Greenaway

Executive Chef International

Kimberly Lin
Specialist Skill
French patisserie, Menufluidity, Large Brigade Management

Years Experience
20+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Dominique Ansel Bakery, Claridge’s, Corinthia, The Savoy, Floozie Stuffed Cookies, Lilly’s Café

Kimberly Lin

Group Development Pastry Chef

KEY PEOPLE - OPERATIONAL & ASSET MANAGEMENT TEAM

Stephanie Abou Jaoude
Specialist Skill
Admin, Advisory, Branding, Operations & People Development

Years Experience
13+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
IHG, Four Seasons, Expo 2020 Dubai, Alain Ducasse, Kempinski

Stephanie Abou Jaoude

Chief of Staff

Yasemin Nazli
Specialist Skill
Communication, Creativity, Teamwork, Client relations, Admin

Years Experience
10+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Harrods, Baccarat, Samsung, Jo Malone, Bang & Olufsen, Indian Ocean, Hastens, Apple, Dior Home

Yasemin Nazli

Office Manager London

Vinoth Mudaliar
Specialist Skill
Advisory & Operations

Years Experience
20+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Intercontienental Hotel Group, Kempinski, Expo 2020 Dubai, O2 London, Gaucho, Emirates and Lesuire Retail, Alain Ducasse, China Grill Management

Vinoth Mudaliar

Operations Director Europe

Alondra Abou Jaoude
Specialist Skill
Negotiation, Teamwork skills, Problem Solving

Years Experience
1+ Years Experience

Previous Projects

Alondra Abou Jaoude

Legal Admin

KEY PEOPLE - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAM 

Ryan Durishin
Specialist Skill
Franchising and Licensing

Years Experience
11+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Elevation Burger, Freshii, The Halal Guys, Slapfish, Boardwalk Burgers and Fries, Curry Up Now, Calexico, Big Smoke Burger, Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, Mamoun’s Falafal, CaliBurger, Caessar’s Palace, Simon Malls, SSP

Ryan Durishin

Executive Vice President

Hicham Hankir
Specialist Skill
Luxury Brands Hotels and F&B Operation

Years Experience
20+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Hilton, Lyon Congress center, IHG, Ritz Carlton. La petite Maison, whisky mist, Le cirque, Café Belge DIFC , Flair No5 DIFC

Hicham Hankir

Country Manager Egypt

Kerim Basaran
Specialist Skill
Advisory & Operations

Years Experience
25+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Hyatt International (Grand Hyatt + Park Hyatt), Marriot (Westin, Le Meridien), Hilton (Waldorf Astoria, Conrad), Accor (Raffles Hotels), SBM Group (Monte Carlo Beach Club), Papermoon Restaurants

Kerim Basaran

Regional Manager Benelux

Georges Saliby
Specialist Skill
Business Development and Advisory

Years Experience
19+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Phoenicia hoel Beirut, Eau de Vie restaurant, Mayrig, Confeitaria Nacional, Edde sands resort, La Piazza Italiana Som Claret, GFH, Rosa’s Thai Cafe, The Rum Kitchen, Bahrain Cocktail Club, IHG Conrad St James, TS BAR

Georges Saliby

Country Manager KSA

Ryan Waddell
Specialist Skill
Operational Management & Advisory

Years Experience
20+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Hoxton Grill, Soho House, Reform Social & Grill, Nakheel, Overjar, Woop, Gunbun, Majilis Khaleeji, Leila, Fairouz Gardens, EXPO2020 Mathew Kenny Brands (Veg’d, Xyst, Mudra,), Media One Hotel, Floozie

Ryan Waddell

Country Manager UAE

KEY PEOPLE - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAM 

Wajdi Hmmouda
Specialist Skill
Advisory, Retail and F&B Operations

Years Experience
15+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Intercontinental Hotels Group, Eau De Vie, M Catering, Mayrig, Vivienda Hotels Group, Patchi

Wajdi Hmmouda

Operations Manager KSA

Sharihan al Mashary
Specialist Skill
Hotel Operations Management

Years Experience
15+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts (Jumeirah Group), Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah Resort and Madinat Jumeirah Conference & Incentive, Palazzo Versace Hotel Dubai, Emaar Hospitality Group, Address Hotels & Resorts, Vida Hotels & Resorts, Expo2020 Dubai

Sharihan al Mashary

Operations Project Manager

KEY PEOPLE - INTERIOR & GRAPHIC DESIGN TEAM

Gabriel Murray
Specialist Skill
Design Branding & Architecture

Years Experience
30+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Nakheel, The Hoxton, Esprit, The RoyalGroup UAE, Vanity Fiar, USA Bloomingdales, USA De Dijenkorf, NL Jelmoli, CH PacifficPlace, HK O2, UK Pizza Express, UK VirginGroup, UK Selfridges, UK Comptoir Libanis, UK HMS Host, NL Reebok, USA Higo PRC

Gabriel Murray

Creative Director

Claire Richmond
Specialist Skill
Interior Design

Years Experience
18+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Arts Club, Autograph Collection, BananaRepublic, Cultura, Hakkasan, Hilton, IHG, Hard Rock Hotel, Marriott, Moxy, One & Only, Ritz Carlton, Rosewood, Selfridges, Sheraton, St James Hotel, Virgin, Westin, Yauatcha

Claire Richmond

Design Director

Raquel Camino
Specialist Skill
Interior Design, Visual Communication, Space Planning, FF&E, Detail design

Years Experience
6+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
C,D&R, Lyst, Brindisa, Heritage, Blakes Shoreditch, Nobu Penthouse, Nakheel Mall, Food Temple, Kingdom Centre, long Chim

Raquel Camino

Interior Designer

Anais Sigari
Specialist Skill
Design & Planning

Years Experience
2+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Nakheel, Lena Lou, Veg’d, Pivot, Matthew Kenney Cuisine, 3 Henrietta Street, Cappco

Anais Sigari

Assistant Interior Design

Jemina Adewole
Specialist Skill
Branding, Typography, Illustration, Editorial Design, Motion Graphics & Book Making

Years Experience
4+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Adjaye Associates, Harrods, Topshop, Miele, The White Company, Hugo Boss, McQ, Monica Vinader, Dents, Dunhill, Havaianas, Selfridges, Alexander McQueen, Alessi

Jemina Adewole

Graphic Designer

KEY PEOPLE - INTERIOR & GRAPHIC DESIGN TEAM

Vlad Mircea
Specialist Skill
3D Visualisation, Architecture, Planning

Years Experience
10+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Nike, Electric Cinema, Burlington Passage, Celine, Nandos

Vlad Mircea

3D Visualiser

Clarisse Albano
Specialist Skill
Artworking, Animation & 3D Modeling

Years Experience
1+ Years Experience

Previous Projects
Expo 2020 Dubai, Alkebulan,(The Quest) Dubai T.V. animation, Signtech Solutions Systems .Inc, Dentsu Jayme Syfu

Clarisse Albano

Junior Graphic Designer

What we believe in

People

We make things happen
Our company orbits around our greatest asset - people. Our team thrives on a personable approach, being straightforward, humble and empowered to make things happen.

Empathy

We understand your business
We pride ourselves on our operational experience. We don’t just understand the technical side of your business, we understand your emotional journey too.

Expertise

We’re one step ahead
Our culturally diverse and experienced team never tire of learning and improving to ensure we are consistently world class and at the cutting-edge of developments.

Passion

We live and breathe hospitality
Our people love what we do and are able to have fun whilst we do it, passion is evident in the work we produce.

Integrity

We believe in the highest standards

The quality and fastidious detail of our work mean our clients come back again and again, with world class standards of operating that build trust and integrity.

Creativity

We are always innovating

We thrive in finding innovative solutions to creative challenges.

 

Community

We believe in bringing people together

We recognise f&b’s unique ability to bring communities together and use this as a force for good, connecting like-minded people and creating a positive societal impact.

Hard work

We just work harder

We have a high performance culture that values hard work. Our business success is dependent on the concentrated efforts of smart, dedicated people who go the extra mile.

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