“Employed over 110,000 people

Don Davenport's Inspirational Journey

Career Path: Chef > Training Management Course > Area Manager > Regional Director > Group Managing Director > Chief Executive

“I started as a chef"

My Story: I began my career in the sector working as a chef, before undertaking a two year Executive Training Management course. I transferred as an area manager, and then regional director, before progressing to group managing director.
I then became chief executive of Granada Services for the Business Division and then group managing director for Granada Hospitality. Following this I was appointed to Chief Executive of Granada Restaurants and Services where I was responsible for Granada Food Services, Little Chef and Travelodge and Granada Road Services with a turnover of £2.9bn.
Before my retirement I held the position of Chief Executive at Compass Group UK and Ireland. We employed over 110,000 people. My current role is Non-Executive Director of Harrison Catering and Chairman of People 1st.

 Funny Story: Second day starting work I was asked by one of the chefs to fillet 1LB of fresh anchovy ---one of there many jokes























Former Chief Executive - Compass Group UK and Ireland

“Hospitality is one of the UK’s best industries at offering great training, growth and opportunity to young people both now and in the future"

Countries Worked:

The Fun Stuff:

“I like Cricket - England and Surrey and Football has to be West Ham Utd"

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