Meet the team

They are lovely bunch who work hard to ensure your Cheshire Pub Co experience is one to remember.

Make sure you you say hello to them if you see their faces at our venues while on your CPC pub travels.


Food Director

Meet Jonny, our Food Director. Jonny has merged travelling and cooking most of his life, meandering between different versions of hospitality in a variety of different cultures and countries. However, he insists it’s the good ol’ British pub scene which he loves the most! Mainly because it serves the heart of many communities.


General Manager at Crown & Conspirator

Paula is GM at the Crown & Conspirator, and is Bramhall born and bred.
After 20 years as Cabin Crew for Virgin Atlantic and also experience as a Box Manager at Manchester City, Paula brings exceptionally high service standards to her role.
Apart from delivering great customer service and exceeding expectations, the most rewarding aspect of Paula’s role is when she can share her knowledge and partake in training schemes with new team members. She enjoys watching them flourish, thrive and develop confidence in their role.
Paula is a devout vegan, loves her family, cooking, football, and a bottle of our Provence Rose with her girlfriends when she’s not working.

Jess West

Supervisor at Otto Vegan Empire

Jess started working at the Crown and Conspirator, Bramhall before taking on the role (upstairs) as Supervisor of our very first vegan restaurant. Jess has loved learning all elements of her new role and the interesting vegan menu at Otto.
When she’s not at work, Jess loves walking her dog, shopping, and going out with her friends for food, glasses of Rosè and cocktails. Next time you are in Otto make sure you say hi, she’ll tell you everything you need to know about our beautiful vegan menu at Otto.


General Manager

Becky was brought up in the licensed trade and worked in her family’s pub from a young age, learning all aspects of the trade. After spending a short time in the retail industry, Becky trained to support and care for the elderly, and continues to do this whilst leading the team at The Space Invader. Becky is always on hand for a chat, so stop by the Vader and say hello 👋🏽


Assistant Manager at Crown & Conspirator

After 30 years working in retail, and enjoying a short time working on the airlines, Collette joined the team at Crown and Conspirator where she continues to deliver great service. Collette leads the team through late nights and busy weekends - always with a smile. She enjoys great food and drink, and if you’re looking for her outside of work, you’ll find her on the dance floor.


Managing Director

Meet Matt, the company’s Managing Director. Matt is wonderfully Welsh and a humble country lad with a 25 year history in the hospitality industry. When he’s not flying around the pubs, he spends time with his family and his country allotment.
His career first started in kitchens, where his high standards and eye for quality saw him soon awarded various Head and Executive Chef roles with a collection of well known independent hotel and pub groups, a successful career which spanned over 18 years.
In looking for a change of direction after having a family, Matt and his wife embarked on their own exciting venture taking on an independent pub in their local village before rejoining Simon Kalton at Cheshire Pub Company in 2019. The scale and growth of CPC, plus the success of a history working with the company previously meant it was an effortless decision to join the team.


Roving General Manager

Meet Chris! Chris is our super roaming General Manager and is an incredibly versatile member of our team, managing to work in any of the pubs as and when a senior support role is needed.
Chris started in hospitality at the age of 14 and worked on the Cunard Queen Mary II’s maiden voyage. On his return, Chris managed various pubs around Cheshire before settling in with the Cheshire Pub Co family in 2012.
When Chris isn’t in the pubs you’ll find him landscaping, trying to play golf, practicing his back hand on the tennis court, with his beloved Beagle or enjoying time with his partner and step children.
You’ll always see Chris running around with a smile and will do what he can to make your experience with us the best it can be! Give him a wave next time you see him.


Assistant Manager

Meet David , David is our ray of sunshine at The Ship, Styal. He over 35 years of hospitality experience and thrives off working to a high standard in all aspects of his role.
His experience working in five star hotels and on board the QE2 taught him that nothing is too much for a guest of his. He loves meeting all kinds of different people, travelling and keeping fit in his spare time.
David always makes time for his guests and is on hand whenever you may need a natter.


General Manager at The Ship

Say hi to our General Manager Nicci, ‘captainess’ at the helm of our Styal pub, The Ship. Nicci’s career began at 16 with Mansfield brewery, where she worked her way up from potwasher to a manager, until taking the training lead for new openings.
Nicci quickly became specialised in both front and back of house roles and was even once taught how to make a dessert version of boiled eggs and soldiers by best chef mentor Martin Blunos, whilst at the Quay hotel and spa at Deganwy. When Nicci isn’t working, you’ll find her in her favourite holiday destination, Cuba whilst drinking bloody Mary’s and pubs coladas, mostly for breakfast.



Stock Auditor

Sheffield lad Kev has worked behind bars since he was 16. After a 24 year career working for Samuel Smiths Brewery, Kev embraced a change of direction as a Stocktaker. For 4 years he worked at Venners before joining Cheshire Pub Co. In his spare time, Kev enjoys crosswords, puzzles and a spot of local fishing.


Financial Controller

Meet Sarah, our cheery Financial Controller who keeps all our business costs and spending in check. Sarah’s history as a chartered accountant, and her 10 years working in hospitality, has refined her passion for good food, ales and spreadsheets. When Sarah isn’t running around after her son, she can be found running around the countryside or a hockey pitch.


General Manager of The Shady

Meet James, our General Manager at The Shady. James has worked in hospitality for 8 years.
He became Head Chef at a young age and spent 5 years behind the scenes, before developing his skills for a Front of House Manager role, to now the GM of our canalside pub, The Shady Tiverton.


Roving Manager

Tim is a Wirral lad and began his career in Heswall, working for some of the best restaurants and bars whilst studying at Swansea University. A keen photographer and sportsman, Tim partakes in wedding photography and has semi -professionally played hockey, cricket and football. While he may have 'hung up his boots’ for now, he loves nothing more than a good chat about Liverpool’s chances of winning the league. Tim is passionate about providing great service and feels a strong team and a fine pub is built on hard work, team work and above all, passion!

Simon Larkin

Roving Head Chef

Simon started his hospitality journey studying at St Helens catering college, where he achieved his NVQ level 3. Since, Simon’s cooked for many celebrities including singer Neil diamond, Duncan Balentine, Jonny vegas and the whole of the St Helen’s rugby team. He is a father of three who’s favourite pass time is spent with family going for long country walks. His favourite dish is beef bourginion which you’ll find him eating whilst listening to his favourite 80’s & 90’s music.

Lau Ciociu

Head Chef at Otto Vegan Empire

Lau has been part of the Cheshire Pub Co. team for 4 years, and has successfully worked his way around most of our kitchens. Lau took the Head Chef role for Otto shortly after it opened and is passionate about great food and quality ingredients. He enjoys new challenges and can effortlessly adapt to different styles of cuisines.
His team describe him as a team player as he brings fun and energy to the work place. He loves spending his spare time with family.