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IFT London & South East event – Hotel and Hospitality Sector Update


We’re delighted to be joined by IFT Member Mathew Griffin (Assured Hotels) for an update on the hotels & hospitality sector; trading solutions over a challenging winter.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Risks to the sector over autumn/winter
  • Sales/revenue regression – initiatives to mitigate income and control route to market cost
  • Margin protection – best practice and opportunities for aggregation of supply

Mathew will then be joined by Interpath Advisory for a Q&A and discussion before we end the evening with networking and refreshments.

Interpath Advisory London 

IFT Annual Awards 2022

The IFT Annual Awards are back and we are delighted to be celebrating the very best of business turnaround and transformation at Rosewood London on 24th November 2022.

This is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution made by the UK’s turnaround community and to catch up with peers, colleagues and clients in the beautiful surroundings of the Rosewood London Hotel. Submissions are welcomed from individuals, firms and businesses.

To buy an individual ticket or a table for the Awards dinner, please contact (All prices are inclusive of VAT)

Member – £420

Fellow – £320

Non-Member – £480

Corporate Table – £3840

Regional Table – £3840

Fellows Table – £3200

Submissions and Categories:

In a change to previous years we are now asking you to fill out an online form to make your submissions. This years categories are as follows:

An individual or firm:

  • Turnaround Adviser
  • Independent Turnaround Adviser
  • Rising Star
  • Legal Adviser
  • Special Situations Debt Provider
  • Special Situations Private Equity Provider

Pleases click HERE when you are ready to fill your submission form for an individual or firm.

A company or organisation:

  • SME Turnaround
  • Mid-Market Turnaround
  • Large Company Turnaround
  • Not for Profit Turnaround
  • Community Impact Turnaround

Pleases click HERE when you are ready to fill your submission form for a company or organisation.


Submissions are open from 30th June until 5pm on Friday 19th August. Please ensure you read these guidelines before filling our your submission – IFT Awards 2022 Guidelines. 


This year our Awards Dinner is kindly supported by


IFT West & Wales Autumn Members Meeting: Post pandemic – Operational Turnaround

5pm – 7.30pm

Our Spring 2022 Members meeting hosted by Teneo focused on financial turnaround, so it’s pleasingly symmetrical that our Autumn 2022 Members meeting will also be hosted by Teneo, focusing on operational turnaround.

As businesses across all sectors are having to re-evaluate and re-align their business models to a post pandemic environment – an understanding of operational ACTIONS and PRIORITIES will be essential. IfT Independent Member, Richard Close, will share his rich experiences of operational turnaround through two highly charged and interactive case studies – just what would you do in the circumstances? Tips for how we can all help frame management’s thinking will be in abundance.


The programme for the evening is:

5.00pm Gather with coffee

5.30pm Formal presentation and Q&A

6.45pm Drinks

7.30pm Evening closes


Dress code: suits or business casual.


We’ll look forward to seeing as many of you as possible – please let us know at earliest your availability and thanks to Teneo for hosting.


08:00 – 09:00

In this session, Kate Forrest from t-three joins us again alongside Kelly Jones of Kingsgate and the IFT Women’s Network Lead and Lucy Corner of Cornerstone Care Solutions.

This session will explore the traits of inclusive leadership and the benefits (immediate and longer term) to the team and the organisation within a turnaround environment. We will hear real life examples from the speakers for a stimulating discussion.


We’re pleased to invite you to a joint IFT and R3 event in Birmingham on 8th November, from 17:45-20:00.

Restructuring Issues

As the Midlands emerges from the pandemic and faces the headwinds of inflation and repayment of support, there are considerable challenges facing stakeholders and advisors over the coming years. A panel of TE’s, funders, lawyers and IP’s will undertake an interactive discussion around the key issues facing the community including;

Restructuring skillsets that may be required, how restructuring and Insolvency may interact, diversity and inclusion and changes to regulation and risk.

The panel includes:

  • Eddie Williams – PwC
  • Kelly Jones – Kingsgate
  • David Bates – Lloyds Bank
  • Dan Hurd – EY
  • Amy Flavell – Pinsent Masons


HMRC as Stakeholder

The position of HMRC as a key stakeholder in middle market restructurings is likely to become increasingly important over the coming period in areas around Time to Pay, HMRC Winding Up Petitions and approach. We will be joined by tax specialists who will provide up to date views on HMRC’s position in restructurings and how they may impact on any future restructuring strategies.

This will be a discussion with a Caroline Sumner of R3 and Jim Morrison of HMRC


The programme for the evening will be:

5:45pm – Coffee/Networking

6:10pm – Presentations

7.00pm – Networking over food & drinks

We look forward to seeing a great mix of Independent and Corporate members from both the IFT and R3 on the night.

Places are limited and open to IFT and R3 members only. Please email to register your interest.



08:00 – 09:00

In this session, Kate Forrest, who leads on Innovation & Design at t-three, will explore the power of stories to communicate messages and create connections with people to take them on the journey with you. Kate will also share some tips on how to create impactful stories for your audiences. t-three works with organisations around the world to help them get to where they want to go – one behaviour at a time.



12:15 – 13:00

In this lunchtime learning session, Stuart Morris and Jonny Lees of Teneo and Philip Wells and Mark Pugh of Allen & Overy will discuss the use of Part 26A Restructuring Plans. They will provide insights on the procedure and how it has been used in the market thus far, drawing on their experiences of working on the Virgin Active, Virgin Atlantic, NCP and ED&F Man Restructuring Plans, amongst others. They will also provide their thoughts on how the process could be used in the future.

This webinar will take place on Zoom. Please email to register your interest.


17:30 – 20:00

Join us at FTI Consulting in London to hear a discussion on the ‘S’ in ESG, looking at workplace diversity, with Kelly Jones at Kingsgate, Parmesh Rajani at Kingfisher, Kirsty Christie at FTI Consulting and Lorraine Langham at Future First. 

This event is supported by Women in Turnaround, the IFT Women’s Network and is open to all members, associates and members of partner firms.


12:15 – 13:00

In this session Business Psychologist, Caroline Gourlay, will outline a practical model of leadership and show how it can be used as a framework for looking at leadership in turnaround. She will look at some of the common ways in which leaders fail in organisations and help you consider where you as a turnaround leader, might need to focus your leadership effort and attention to get things back on track.

You will receive a free turnaround leadership diagnostic tool which Caroline has devised for IFT members. The talk will have relevance for those who are leaders in advisory firms and will be followed by a Q&A chaired by Amy Walker of Macfarlanes.

This webinar will take place on Zoom. Please email to register your interest.


08:30 – 09:30

This webinar will look at the convergence of Angel Investing and turnaround skills:

– Judging the potential of a business and its management team

– Financial skills

– Being involved in boards as an observer, NED or investment director depending on the investment

This webinar is supported by the IFT Women’s Network. The Angela Academe is the UK’s leading investment network for women. Their membership is 70% female and consists of a diverse group of successful entrepreneurs and senior business leaders making personal investments into female founded and co-founded tech start ups. Since 2014, AA members have invested in over 44 early stage businesses in clean tech, health tech, consumer tech, ed tech and so forth. Collectively they’ve gone on to grow in valuation, raise over £100m investment from both angels and VCs, generate millions in revenue, deliver considerable social impact and employ 100s of people.

This webinar is open to members, corporate partners and IFT Next