Richard Hodgson, Chief Executive Officer

Richard Hodgson has been a member of the senior management since April 2013, when he joined as Chief Executive Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in the food industry, starting his career in 1990 at Dalgety. Richard then joined Asda in 1996 where he spent ten years progressing through the company to hold a number of senior positions. In 2006 he joined Waitrose as Commercial Director, where he played a key role in developing the company’s international business, as well as its launch of the Essential Waitrose value range. Before joining PizzaExpress, Richard was the Group Commercial Director of Morrisons.

Andy Pellington, Chief Financial Officer

Andy Pellington has been a member of the senior management since March 2014. He started his career in 1986 at Cadbury Schweppes before gaining significant experience across a range of leisure and hospitality businesses. He was Group Financial Controller of Laurel Pub Company from 2001 to 2003 before joining Little Chef as Finance Director in 2003. He joined Whitbread in 2004 as Finance Director of the Restaurant Division and went on to hold various roles with the Group, including Finance Director of its subsidiaries David Lloyd, Premier Inn and Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants. Andy holds an Economics (Hons) degree from Birmingham University and is a qualified accountant.

Zoe Bowley, Operations Director

Zoe Bowley has been a member of senior management since 2011, prior to which she acted as PizzaExpress’ London Regional Director. She started her career in 1994 at Allied Domecq as Graduate Trainee/Area Manager. In 1998, she then joined Whitbread, where she held various positions, including Operations Director of Café Rouge, Operations Director of David Lloyd Leisure and Human Resources Director of the restaurants division from 1998 to 2009. In 2009, she joined Weightwatchers as the Vice-President of Operations, UK from 2009 to 2010. Zoe holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies from Oxford Brookes University.