Restaurant Design Associates (RDA) has recently appointed two new members of staff at its recently opened office in Central London, to quickly respond to opportunities and service RDA’s current and prospective London based clients.

Based at the new office on Argyle Walk near Kings Cross, Gemma Banks has been appointed as Account Manager and Ben Shepherd as Senior Designer.

As a result of increased business in the capital, the pair are ideally located to respond to London’s thriving hospitality scene and fast pace opportunities.

20 years experience of the Hospitality Industry

Gemma brings with her over 20 years’ experience of the hospitality industry, during which time she has held a number of senior positions within a range of events and catering led companies. This includes, The Admiral Chricton, The Concerto Group and most recently with Apex Hotels, where she helped manage the opening of two of London’s newest restaurant and bars – The Lampery and The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas.

In her new role, Gemma will manage RDA’s key London based clients as well as help to continue to grow business in London.

She said: “I am passionate about hospitality and food is my beating heart. I have always been involved in every aspect of a business from concept to purchasing through to mobilisation. RDA is the perfect leap to take my hospitality experience to the design industry and bring my operational experience to the fore.”

Before joining RDA, Ben worked at IFSE where, as CAD Department Manager, he helped create a number of B&I, School and Hospital restaurant projects.

Ben said: “RDA has an excellent reputation and I was highly impressed by the quality of its design and CGI visuals. I’m looking forward to working with Gemma and the rest of the team to create new and exciting concepts for our London based clients.”

As well as the new London based roles, the company has made three additions to its sales and marketing team in the past 12 months due to increased business across a range of sectors which include stadia, sports and leisure, garden centres, business and industry, education, healthcare and the high street.

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