Carluccio’s to welcome new operations director

Carluccio’s has appointed Lee Goodridge as its new Operations Director, commencing 8 April.

Goodridge brings a wealth of hospitality experience to Carluccio’s, having previously held senior operations roles at casual dining restaurants including Pizza Hut, Zizzi’s and Busaba Eathai. Most recently, he worked as Operations Director at Brazilian restaurant, Cabana, overseeing the operational duties for two and a half years.

Carluccio’s CEO, Mark Jones said, “We’re delighted to bring in someone of Lee’s calibre. He has years of valuable operational experience and joins us at an important time as we start to initiate our ‘Fresca’ transformation project across the estate. I look forward to working with Lee and supporting him as he puts our new brand vision into practice.”

Goodridge commented, “Carluccio’s is an incredible brand with genuine Italian DNA. To be joining at this stage in its development and to help take it forward is an incredibly exciting opportunity”.

Goodridge replaces former operations director Chris Poole following his departure in January. His appointment comes in the wake of a number of strategic hires to drive the £10m transformation programme, which started last month with the reopening of its Richmond restaurant.

New appointments have included Graham Ford (from Bill’s) as Commercial Director, Hilary Ansell (from Gordon Ramsay Group) as Marketing Director, Marco Barletta as Operations Manager (Franco Manca) and, most recently, Dominika Rusnak (The Ivy Collection) as Fresca Openings Manager.