Born upstairs in The Happy Man pub in Nottingham, Jeremy has spent his entire life in licensed trade. His parents were publicans and so were his grandparents, aunties and uncles. It’s fair to say that public houses run in Jeremy’s blood.
Aged 25, Jeremy – known as Jez – became the youngest tenant to run a pub and during this time, he developed a strong interest in managing and training his own team. In 1998, while managing The Anchor Inn, he set up and ran Charnwood Training Group, a specialist training organisation for the Licensed Retail sector.
“As an operator, I could see the benefits first-hand that quality training had on both staff retention and team morale,” says Jez. “My absolute passion has always been for everyone to see a career in hospitality not just as a job, but as the profession it truly is.”
After 18 years at the helm, Jez sold Charnwood Training Group to a Nottinghamshire college and joined HIT in October 2017. On his fourth day working for HIT, he dressed up as an Arabian genie for the company conference panto. It was his birthday too!
During Jez’s time at HIT, he has been instrumental in building the UK’s first brewer apprenticeship in collaboration with the University of Nottingham’s International Centre for Brewing Science and the Institute of Brewing & Distilling.
Jez is an active member of the British Institute of Innkeeping, Society of Independent Brewers Association and National Pubwatch. He is also a trustee of the British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body.
A Nottingham Forest season ticket holder, he once did a 175ft bungee jump in his pub car park.