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 8 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.

Gary Patterson

Operations Manager

Over four decades Gary has been involved in numerous types of operation, covering a large spectrum from fast food and Themed Brewery Houses through to 3 Rosette Country House Hotels & Michelin Star Restaurants.

Gary has been a ‘hands on’, freelance Chef at all levels as well as a Pub Manager, Hotel Operations Manager and a General Manager. He has also been involved with the development of new concepts and ideas with companies such as Bass Brewing (through Bass Academy) Morlands Brewery PLC, Jarvis Hotels, Thistle Hotels, Peel Hotels and other private individuals.

His wide and varied knowledge of food and beverage, covering most aspects of the hospitality industry provides an easy fit with companies both large and small, at many levels encompassing sales and marketing, greenfield site development, operational management, concept design and systems.

Gary’s main remit is to improve yield management, food GP and implement strategic processes within Inglenook Ins & Taverns


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.

Joanna McKenna

Operations Manager

Jo has been an invaluable part of the Inglenook team for over 7 years. She has inside, hands on knowledge of The Trade from growing up and working in pubs and restaurants from an early age.

With an NVQ in Cellar Management and Hospitality & Catering, Business Management and Business Administration she has also been a part of the office team.

Joanna Works in all areas of the estate Developing the Business in the Managed Houses and temporary estate ensuring our operators deliver the best offering to Our valued Customers.

She also heads up the Free Trade division maximising the Growth within the Tenanted Sites.

The Office Team

Becky Berry-Howarth

Accounts Apprentice

Currently working towards AAT Level 4 - with hands-on experience at a local Eatery.

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