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 (MAAT)

Finance & Administration Manager

Diane has held various senior management roles within the financial sector and  joined Inglenook Inns & Taverns/ Ignition Pub Management 9 years ago to spearhead the team at the office and assume day to day control of finances for both companies.
Ensuring the sound financial management and control of the company’s business and the attainment of the company’s business objectives – whilst constantly challenging and improving existing processes and systems, as well as delivering the most profitable outcomes.

Diane is also responsible for implementing financial strategies to facilitate the companies ambitious growth plans

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.

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Alun Johnson


After a successful career in the Royal Air Force, Alun has been involved in the hospitality industry for the last 25 years. He brings a large amount of experience in the Pub Industry starting with Mitchells and Butlers in the Managed House Sector.

Over the last decade he has led Operations Teams in the Tenanted Sector as a Regional Director for Enterprise and Punch.

He has a strong skill set in helping to identify and maximize the potential of pubs. He has joined a dynamic team to manage and optimize the Operations crucial to a thriving and fast growing company. Alun looks after the Managed Operations sector whilst also supporting Acquisition and Recruitment for Inglenook.

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Joanna McKenna


Jo has been an invaluable part of the Inglenook team for over 9 years. She has inside, hands on knowledge of The Trade from growing up and working in pubs and restaurants from an early age.

With NVQ’s in Cellar Management, Hospitality & Catering, Business Management and Business Administration she started her career with Inglenook as a part of the office team and gained AAT qualifications during this time.

Jo has progressed her career with Inglenook, working in all areas of the estate developing business in both the Managed House & Temporary Estate, she now heads up the Free Trade Division, developing relationships and maximising the trade across our tenanted estate. Inglenook are committed to high-quality, well invested pubs run by publicans who are passionate about their products and proud of their customer service.  In line with the company’s ambitious growth plans she will develop both her team and portfolio.

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Rob Johnson


Rob started his career in accountancy in 2009, and became fully qualified in 2015. Over the first 10 years of his career he gained broad experience across multiple sectors as an outsourced financial controller, designing systems to produce reliable financial information, and optomizing the financial process for various businesses , amongst other roles working in practice.  Rob made the move into industry from practice in 2019, for a recently listed retail and tech business, becoming the Head of Commercial Finance, supporting the teams through rapid growth. Inglenook Inns & Taverns was one of his major clients over the last 5 years, his main role was to assist the team through multiple, high value transactions during this period. After supporting II&T with their investment and acquisitions in  May 21, he became a full time member of  the team, with key focus on supporting CEO in delivering their ambitious growth plans.


Ordering & Social Media Manager.

Lee has moved into the hospitality industry after working his way from the shop floor through to a management position in food manufacture. There Lee was responsible for building a digital traceability system, whilst also implementing a strategic planning programme for the production for over 100 products, which were then distributed to over 500 stores throughout the North West.

Lee joined Inglenook Inns & Taverns/Ignition Pub Management and is tasked with the ordering of all wet products throughout the company, he will also be progressing the business’ digital footprint online, and heading up a project to install a new till system across all sites to improve inventory management and stock control. Lee’s transferable skills will keep Inglenook Ins & Taverns more data driven and accurately informed as well as facilitating efficiency at site level.

Darren Coles

Transition Development Manager

After starting his career in various high profile Samuel Smith pubs in London, Darren took on the Sinclair Oyster Bar in Manchester. He propelled the site to one of the most successful Award Winning venues in Manchester, where he stayed for over 20 years, before moving on to a fresh challenge running a pub/restaurant north of Bolton. Again, Darren picked up awards for Best in the North West and was shortlisted for the Morning Advertiser New Best Food Site. One of Darren’s main strengths is to build and continuously motivate the team around him – thus creating and maintaining success.
His vast experience and knowledge in turn sites from ‘distressed’ to having great standards is invaluable for a company in growth. Darren worked for Craft Union Pub Company for 2 years as an Area Manager around Gtr Manchester pre pandemic and his consequent skills have been complimentary in his new appointment with Inglenook Inns & Taverns.

The Office Team

Becky Berry-Haworth


Becky joined us as an apprentice 4 years ago – and is now a pivotal part of the team. Whilst being with us she has passed Level 2 and 3 AAT  and is now half way through Level 4. She has recently been promoted to Team Leader and as such she assists the Finance Manager, and completes month end reconciliations, payroll and also trains & mentors colleagues is an ongoing role which promotes a cohesive and confident team. 

Georgie Hayhurst


Georgie has been with the company for 2 years. Her role has evolved over time from Office Administration to Free Trade Credit Control, minimising overdues and proactively chasing customer accounts. She is a key figure in supporting the Operations team with day to day tasks ensuring smooth running of the interface between field & office. Prior to her career with Inglenook, she gained a Degree in Criminology at Uclan University and then became an ‘adventurer’, backpacking through Southeast Asia and Bali,  and finally residing in Australia & New Zealand for a couple of years.

Venetia Costall


Venetia is the most recent addition to the office team, joining us as a result of our most recent acquisition of 20 pubs. She has over 20 years of experience in management reporting & preparation of year end accounts, and brings a wealth of knowledge & experience. She provides vital financial data & advice for use in the organization & development of Inglenooks fast paced development.
One of her skills & strengths is her guidance, mentoring & inspiration to other more junior members of the team.

Christine Ellison

Admin Support/Utility Bill Specialist

Much of my early career was spent in the finance sector and stock control at Greenalls Brewery until its closure. Personal circumstances then meant a caring role combined with party planning for Anne Summers. After which I returned to a cash office and stock control role.

My husband Peter is a keen enthusiast with regard to classic 2 stroke motorbikes  – some would consider me weird to allow motorbikes and countless parts in the house!! It’s fine by me, he could have worse hobbies and at least I know where he is!! AND a wise investment! I should also mention he is a roller-coaster/hydraulic technician – no chance of bringing that expertise into the house.
You will not be surprised to know that many of our holidays are spent on the Isle of Man at the TT racing.
We have a lovely little Jack Russell, who is our little girl and is spoilt rotten as she is so loving. She is called Kitty after Peter’s mum who lived to be 106.

Latasha Glanville

ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT – Extended Diploma in IT, Apprenticeship in Business Admin

Latasha has recently joined our team through our recent Pub acquisition –  increasing accounting & administrative  support to the Finance Dept, ensuring accuracy to customer & supplier accounts. She brings experience and a wealth of  knowledge, complimenting our existing team  perfectly.  

Michelle Grime


Michelle started her career in Sales and Marketing.  Selling a range of products including Concrete, Cars and Scientific Equipment.  After eight years of working in Sales she made the change to Finance and now has many years of experience within the Purchase Ledger side of Finance, working her way up to Purchase Ledger Manager for a large Wholesale Company.  She spent thirteen years in this roll before making the decision that she wanted to step back from a full time position to train to become a Foster Carer.  It was at this time that Michelle applied for a part time position within Inglenook Inns & Taverns where she could apply her knowledge and experience to a roll that would enable her to also allow her to give full attention to the children that would be in her care. 

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