James Johnson

Consultant

James Johnson

Food, beverage and hospitality operations are key themes that have formed the basis of James’ career spanning nearly three decades in the catering industry. After completing his Chef Apprenticeship in the UK in 1992, James emigrated to South Africa where his career continued through the running of his own five-star Royal Hotel kitchen.

In 1996 James developed a leading Seafood Restaurant concept where, other than his position as a Director, James focussed on his operational role within the company and progressed from Head Chef, to Group Executive Chef, and then onto Group Operations for six of his own outlets. The brand was eventually acquired by a top JSE listed restaurant chain and franchised nationally. James moved into the role of Operations & Development Director, leading projects that focussed on business expansion, franchisee training, procurement, supply chain, multi-site operations and overall culinary strategy for the brand.

Within his development responsibilities, James was initially tasked with opening a further 20+ outlets in key locations. This involved continual brand development, restaurant and bar concept work, and ultimately project managing the build and fit out process. Operationally he headed up culinary product development and franchise mobilisation teams across the country.

As James’ career progressed, extensive hands-on food and beverage operational experience in kitchens, restaurants, bars, along with group team training, marketing and standard operating procedure development were key factors that led to several successful self-funded business turnaround projects. Upon his return to the UK, James was recruited as Director for a local pub group where he primarily assisted in the re-design, build out and mobilisation of their flagship venue and then went on to develop and oversee site operations for the group.

James joined Russell Partnership Consulting in 2017. In the UK he works with a number of HE sector clients, including St Johns College Cambridge, developing their Catering Strategy and conducting KPI Quality Audits. He works with both the Museum of London and Manchester Metropolitan University developing food and beverage Concept of Operations. Within the UAE he supports several of key clients in developing operations and training skills, retail concept designs, culinary and operational operating standards, kitchen management processes and allergen & nutritional policies.

Team

David Russell

David Russell

Founder and Chairman

Michelle Harbour

Michelle Harbour

Office of the Chairman

Darren Moore

Country Director (United Arab Emirates)

Peter Lucas

Executive Director

PeterRussell

Peter Russell

Operations Director

James Nichols

Consultant

David Barry

Consultant

Gary Marshall

Consultant

James Stanley

Consultant

Charlotte Harbour

Head of Innovations

Caroline Hawkins

Caroline Hawkins

Consultant

Laurence McCarthy

Consultant

Kirsty Stanley-Hughes

KSH Managing Director

Sue Creed

Consultant

Gabriele Miliani

Gabriele Miliani

Consultant

Neil Johnson

Consultant

Neil Stratton

Consultant

Sian Kingsman

Administrator

Gemma Margetson

Administrative Lead

Chris Orme

Operations Manager

Cherrelle Wallace

Finance

Janine Ramsay

Interior Design Consultant

Chris Royle

Project Analyst

Nicola Lafford

Finance

Heidi Anaya

Head of Education

Anders Justenlund

Russell Partnership Technology Trainer

Hjalte Mansa

Russell Partnership Technology Trainer

John Fong

Russell Partnership Technology Trainer

James Ellerby

Russell Partnership Technology Trainer

Lynn Bruines

Russell Partnership Technology Trainer

Peter Starks

Ambassador

Joyce Ann Starks

Ambassador

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