Wendy Bartlett is CEO of bartlett mitchell, a boutique contract catering company and Inn or Out Events Company serving London & the South East of the UK.
Prior to setting up bartlett mitchell, Wendy enjoyed a very successful career with Compass and Sutcliffe, latterly as Operations Director for London for Compass Group.
Wendy and her business partner Ian Mitchell established bartlett mitchell in 1999 with a strong belief in team values - honesty, openness, integrity and providing a fun place to work where all employees feel that they can contribute. The formula worked and today the company is award winning and operates at nearly 85 locations around the South East. It employs 850 staff and has a turnover of £30million.
Wendy is keen to give back to the industry that has been immensely good to her; she is a board member of the BHA and the IOH and she sits on the UWL Alumni board and the advisory board of Royal Holloway of London Management School. She is also a trustee of the My Little Trooper charity, which helps and supports the children of serving military personnel. Wendy is a keen and enthusiastic mentor to a number of people within the hospitality and other service industries.
Wendy has been acknowledged as one of top 100 Influential Women in Hospitality but she believes the most rewarding recognition has come from the team’s efforts. For the last few years bartlett mitchell has achieved a place on The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For, and has been awarded the Sustainable Contract Caterer by the Sustainable Restaurant Association recognising its environmental efforts. bartlett mitchell was awarded Investors in People Silver accreditation which it has held since 2009 as well as a plethora of other people, environmental and business accreditations and awards. The ultimate accolade was to be recognised with an MBE in the 2015 New Year Honours list for services to hospitality.
With her colleagues and team, Wendy has built a sustainable business that lives the same values today as it did on day one. The team works hard but still has loads of fun, forming great friendships and loving what they do – which is eating, drinking and talking about food! And oh yes she is a complete aficionada on gin too!!