Tim is the Managing Director of 50 Best at William Reed. He has had overall responsibility for 50 Best since 2009, overseeing a decade of key brand developments, including the launches of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2013, the start of 50 Best's global tour in 2016, the acquisition of The World's 50 Best Bars in 2017, the launch of Asia’s 50 Best Bars in 2018, and the more recent additions of 50 Best Discovery, Middle East & North Africa's 50 Best Restaurants, and North America's 50 Best Bars to the 50 Best portfolio.
William is the Director of Content of 50 Best. He has been a journalist and editor for two decades, spanning business-to-business and consumer magazines, as well as national newspapers. He is a former editor of style magazine Arena and continues to write and comment on food and restaurants in the UK and international media. He is privileged to have eaten in a healthy proportion of The World's 50 Best Restaurants, though the experience hasn’t been so healthy for his waistline.
After nine years helping to organise The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, since 2019 Rikki has been heading up the operations team full-time to manage the global 50 Best events programmes. A long-serving member of the William Reed team, she previously worked on business events across the portfolio, from the UK's National Restaurant Awards and Publican Awards to international study tours in Copenhagen, Cannes and Chicago. Fun-loving but ferociously well-organised, Rikki has a passion for all things logistics- and operations-focused.
Bringing with her 15 years of experience delivering a variety of programmes from intimate gin tastings to large-scale consumer experiences, Joanna leads the operations team with a focus on numbers and a keen eye for detail. Holding her signature clipboard and coffee, she is equally at home building 140ft ski jumps and arranging exclusive dinners. Outside of working hours, Joanna enjoys exploring the UK with her family and dog piled into a camper van, often with a foodie destination in mind.
Roger joined the 50 Best portfolio after The World’s 50 Best Bars became part of William Reed Business Media in 2017. Roger was the Commercial Director for hospitality, the wine and spirits magazine and events at Drinks International. He has over 10 years of experience in marketing and sales in the publishing sector and played a key role in the creation of The World’s 50 Best Bars brand. He has previously held roles in the aviation, hospitality and drink sectors. Roger is originally from Barcelona.
Erica joined the team in 2021 as PR & Communications Manager for 50 Best. Holding a decade of public relations agency experience, she has worked with a range of hospitality clients from small independent venues to large restaurant groups, hotels and chef personalities, always with a strong focus on F&B. Having worked in both New York and London, Erica has developed and implemented successful global communications strategies and holds extensive international media contacts.
Mark joined the team in April 2019 after five years as Editor of Food and Travel, the world’s leading gastronomic tourism magazine. Before that, he was Food and Drink Editor on Men’s Health and News Editor at London’s Squaremeal. When not eating out in the name of good and proper research, he hits golf balls along the floor and cricket balls in the air.
Clelia joined the team in 2021 as Group Marketing Manager, ready to take the reins on 50 Best events around the word. Over the last 12 years, her hospitality experience has spanned marketing, project management, business development and restaurant operations. Clelia has worked to create and nurture successful F&B brands, defined by quality and consistency. Her passions are dining, hospitality and the community and culture that surrounds them.
James joined 50 Best in 2019 to combine his extensive sponsorship sales experience and his passion for the food world. He began his media career at Euromoney, where he worked as Publisher and Sponsorship Sales Manager. Prior to this, James lived in Beijing for three years, where he studied Mandarin, taught English to children and worked as a Curriculum Developer for an English language training school. James is a keen globe trotter – he’s now been to 61 countries and is looking forward to visiting the remaining 134 – and food discoverer.
Kate is responsible for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants partnerships portfolio. She joined the 50 Best team in 2017, having enjoyed a successful career in sales and sponsorship in the UK and overseas, including two years in New Zealand. Kate holds an ESA Diploma in Sponsorship, allowing her to help 50 Best’s partners leverage their campaigns according to industry best practice. She has travelled the globe, making sure to indulge her love of local cuisine along the way.
The latest addition to #Team50Best in early 2022, Lauren joined in the position of Partnerships Account Manager to look after the brand’s growing portfolio of partners, applying what she learnt in her previous role supporting the EMEA and global sales organisation of an international restaurant booking platform. When she’s not immersed in the gastronomic world, she can often be found standing on her head at weekends – her other passion (and side hustle) is a yoga business in London.
Romy joined the team in 2019 as Partnerships Account Manager for The World's 50 Best Bars. With a background in the luxury events market across Europe, she has worked in brand development on a global scale. Her experience includes curating unique experiences in the F&B sector, album launches, fashion events and International charity galas. Being raised on a humble fruit farm in South Africa not only shaped her ‘can do’ attitude, but also fuelled her passion for adventure and hospitality experiences.
Giulia joined the 50 Best team in 2017, after studying communications in Italy, Spain and the UK, and starting her editorial career writing hotel reviews in London. As Deputy Content Editor, she looks after the suite of 50 Best websites, contributes to the creation of content across the brand's digital platforms, and manages the liaison with chefs around the world. Giulia is a qualified volleyball coach, speaks three languages and equally loves writing, travelling and eating.
Persia joined #Team50Best in 2018 and is responsible for managing the ever-growing social media landscape. With help from Millie and Clara, she ensures the brand’s channels are packed with engaging content for food and drink aficionados across the globe whilst maintaining relationships with the wider 50 Best community, including the TasteHunters and Academy Chairs. In her spare time, you’ll find her exploring foodie spots and sipping on cocktails around the globe, getting creative in the kitchen or simply scrolling through her Instagram on the lookout for the latest gourmet news. Be sure to check out #Worlds50Best, #50BestBars & #50BestDiscovery.
Imogen joined the 50 Best team in 2021 to work across the 50 Best portfolio as Event Manager. She brings to the role her experience working as a theatrical stage manager in New York and has a strong background in producing large-scale, public-facing events in London. With a keen eye for artistic detail, Imogen brings her creative flare to 50 Best's international events portfolio. In her free time, you’ll find her busy running a side hustle – a small loungewear company –, swimming in the sea or cooking.
Since joining the 50 Best team in June 2021, Millie has been creating content as well as playing a key role in the growth, development and maintenance of all things social in the 50 Best portfolio. Millie grew up in the Middle East and loves travelling, learning about new cultures and checking out street food and markets around the globe. She is a passionate foodie and cocktail lover who is social media savvy, always striving to stay on top of the latest trends. In her free time, you’ll find her trying new recipes in the kitchen or hitting the slopes: she loves to ski, her favourite location being Kitzbuhel, Austria.
Clara joined 50 Best in June 2022 as part of the social media team, helping Persia and Millie grow the brand’s accounts by creating engaging content, monitoring the online community and covering live events. A member of William Reed since 2019, she left a role in marketing to pursue her burning passion for food and drink. Clara is always on the look-out for the next city break to discover the newest cocktail bars and restaurants, which she posts about on her Instagram review account. In her free time, you might find her relaxing on the yoga mat, chilling in local coffee shops or hunting for the best margarita in town.
Chloe joined #Team50Best in August 2021 and assists with content creation across the 50 Best events and websites. She helps to update the brand’s online platforms, creates content at live events and liaises with chefs and bartenders around the world. Previously, Chloe worked in marketing and is taking the leap into editorial at 50 Best, creating content that reflects her passions – food, drink and travel. She speaks French fluently, loves to photograph food and is making her way through an extensive travelling bucket list.
As one of 50 Best’s event executives, Hannah is part of the team that weaves together unforgettable experiences for chefs, bartenders, media, partners and consumers. Following a degree in television and broadcasting, she briefly worked in the financial services industry before joining the 50 Best team in 2021, where her love of food and travel get a chance to shine. Passionate about good movies and TV shows, Hannah has already been on a round-the-world trip and enjoys a relaxing yoga session in her free time.
Florence – or Flo as she’s known within the team – is one of 50 Best’s Event Executives, dedicated to delivering the brand’s portfolio of global events. After studying marketing and fashion at university, she joined the William Reed hospitality team working on UK food and drinks events such as Publican Awards, Top 50 Gastropubs and Top 50 Cocktail Bars. In her free time, she volunteers to support mental health in the company and beyond, or looks out for the latest fashion items online.
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