Charles Manners

Charles is hospitality professional with senior management  experience; with clients in the university, commercial, leisure and visitor attractions markets delivering both strategic and operational hospitality consulting projects. A catering and conference consultant since 2000, Charles has worked with a wide range of organisations in the UK and Middle East.

  • Prior to becoming a catering consultant Charles worked for Whitbread PLC, in a variety of senior operations, development and commercial roles all with a marketing focus.
  • Directed the development of a new catering strategy with the formation of Whitbread and Marriott Hotels a business with a £200m turnover.
  • Managed the Country Club Hotels, a group of 20 midmarket hotels and was responsible for managing the development of the Premier Inn brand positioning and product.
  • Charles is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and a non executive director of the Ludlow Food Centre ( , and has recently joined the board of Hope Enterprises ( in Northampton, a social enterprise set up Northampton's Hope Centre which has more than 30 years experience of working with the homeless.

"'Charles offers expertise, insight and a commendable ability to listen and interpret effectively. Invariably Charles will offer his views in a considered, almost understated but effective way. He is certainly one that I would turn to for advice'"