Francois was born into the restaurant industry, with his parents opening their first restaurant the same year he was born. Working there from the age of 12, he quickly realised that catering was in his blood. He received a bachelors degree in business whilst managing the family restaurant, before moving to the UK where he started off in events, working with Sega World and The Tower Bridge Experience and acting as a founding member of Unique Venues of London.
Francois started his career in contract catering at the BBC with Brian Smith Catering. He went on to manage the Royal Society of Arts during their transition from contract catering to in-house, then worked with Restaurant Associates establishing their first contract in the UK at Goldman Sachs. Francois spent the next 8 years working in various roles with RA, including Gartmore Investment Management and Deloitte, whilst he went through Compass’s Meridian training programme.
In 2008, Francois joined bartlett mitchell as Operations Director for the city. As the company grew, Francois became Operations Director for the company, was promoted to Deputy Managing Director in 2013, and became Managing Director in 2014. Over the last 9 years, bartlett mitchell has grown from £12 million in turnover to £38 million with more than 90 contracts and 750 team members.
Francois is dedicated to delivering the highest standards in food and service, but above all else, his passion comes from developing teams and seeing individual careers grow and advance in this exciting industry. He looks forward to working with ACE to help raise the profile of our industry to attract our next generation of leaders.