Wetherspoon regional manager named in Women to Watch index

Wetherspoon regional manager and employee director, Debbie Whittingham has been named in the 2022 Women to Watch & Role Models for Inclusion Index.

The index highlights talented women who have achieved personal and professional success through leadership, innovation and determination.

It also highlights individuals who strive to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging across their organisation, sector of their community.

Debbie started her career with Wetherspoon in 1992 as a shift manager at one of the company’s pubs in north London.

Since then she has managed Wetherspoon pubs, progressed to area manager and in 2013 became a regional manager with responsibility for four area managers and 56 pubs across England. In 2021 Debbie was made an employee director sitting on the Wetherspoon board.

Debbie shared, “ I am immensely proud to work for Wetherspoon. I work with incredible people every day. Our pub staff are amazing, full of fantastic people.

“I am delighted to be named in the 2022 Women to Watch & Role Models for Inclusion Index. Diversity, equality and inclusion are extremely important to me personally and also makes good business sense.

“It results in a happier, more engaged workforce, which in turn leads to a better experience in our pubs for customers. It also helps drive creativity and innovation and undoubtedly leads to better decision making by utilising a wider range of skills, ideas and experience.”

Wetherspoon chief executive, John Hutson, added, “ Debbie is an outstanding leader within Wetherspoon and thoroughly deserves this recognition. She is an integral part of the company’s success.”

Women to Watch & Role Models for Inclusion in Hospitality, Travel & Leisure (HTL) Index 2022, is produced by WiHTL in partnership with the MBS Group.