The Team

James Waddington


James Waddington is an accomplished operations executive having spent the last 17 years in various operational management roles within the licensed trade sector.

His early career was spent with the Devonshire Pub Company Ltd as a site manager, after which he spent seven years in a variety of management roles at Honeycomb Leisure plc. This has given him hands on experience of managing individual pubs and as an area manager he was responsible for the management of a portfolio of 12 sites.

Most recently James has headed up operations at a national pub management company. Here he was responsible for a portfolio of up to 100 trading sites and an estate of 40 tenanted units for a leading administrator. He was actively involved in client relationship management with national clients including Punch Taverns, Enterprise Inns, Daniel Thwaites, Coop Bank and BDO.

James is a graduate of the University of Manchester where he obtained a BA (Hons) in Marketing.

Diane Ashworth

Finance & Administration Manager

Diane has held various senior management roles within the financial sector.

Most recently she headed up the team at a regional Nursery Group based in the North West.

Diane has joined Inglenook Inns & Taverns/ Ignition Pub Management to spearhead the team at the office and assumes day to day control of the finances for both companies.

Anne Brigg-Waddington

Marketing & Recruitment Manager

Anne has held a series of senior management roles across a diverse cross-section of industries including working in the European market.

Latterly Anne was responsible for sales and marketing at Individual Inns spending 5 years implementing a strategic marketing campaign to drive turnover and profitability and maintain a multi-million-pound turnover in one of our most challenging economic climates ever. Anne spent 6 months as Managing Editor of a hand-delivered glossy lifestyle magazine within the Wharfe Valley.

She has joined the core estate at Inglenook Inns & Taverns to provide an effective marketing infrastructure and to ensure that we deliver exceptional customer care, through a well-trained and considerate team.

Sarah Wright

Operations Consultant

Started her career in managed houses, where she was awarded Pub Manager of the Year on two occasions. Sarah is also a qualified trainer and left managed houses to work independently teaching Beer & Cellar management and Licensing along with Customer Excellence. She is an enthusiastic ambassador for Cask Marque and is one of their top trainers and assessors.

Latterly, Sarah has run a very successful tenancy winning Pub Fayre of the year, and also worked as an Operations Manager. Sarah thrives on self-development and has the ability to perform well with a team, or individually, to exceed company, personal, client and legislative expectations. Sarah's main remit is to improve yield management and implement strategic processes.

The Office Team

Joanna McKenna

Operational Support Manager

Has been with the Inglenook Inn & Taverns Team for 5 Years starting as support to the Financial Controller – Joanna now heads up the Operations Support Team and General day to day running of the office team whilst supporting the FD.

Stephanie Boyden

Office Manager

Has worked in the Pub Management industry for 2 years. She has a background of banking and accounts, with appropriate service and accounting qualifications.

Aaron Hall

Accounts Assistant

Is currently studying for AAT Level 4. Aaron has industry experience ,  working 2 years in a local pub, serving drinks and food. Good problem solver and solid team member.

Becky Berry-Howarth

Accounts Apprentice

Currently working towards AAT Level 2 - with hands on experience at a local Eatery - and a new member of our team.

Megan Hennessey

Accounts Apprentice

Is our second accounts apprentice who is working towards AAT Level 3 - with a previous 'internship' at AECOM - and another new member of our team.