Key to the success of most great businesses are the people working within them. At Appetite Events, we have the very best.
Our loyal and dedicated team of professional, experienced staff pride themselves on providing outstanding service to all our clients.
Passionate about everything we do, everyone’s main objective, regardless of job titles, is to bring each client’s ideas to life; and create exceptional, bespoke events that exceed expectations.
Since founding the business in 2003, Nigel Kennedy has built up an award-winning company with one of the best reputations in Scotland.
He started his career as a Restaurant Manager in Edinburgh and went on to learn professional cookery, finally becoming a head chef.
Nigel believes every Appetite client is an A-lister, and his ongoing objective is to ensure Appetite Events surpass the expectation of every client, every time, regardless of the scale of event planned.
It is his desire to run an ethical business; one that supports local suppliers and uses seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. This is very important, and Nigel is a strong believer in contributing to local communities and projects.
Director of Events & Marketing
Our Director of Events & Marketing, Philly Nicholson, joined Appetite in 2008, bringing with her a vast knowledge and great passion for events from experience working at prestigious venues such as the Glen Tanar Estate and the Signet Library.
Philly has pioneered many impressive events, including the Rolex Winter Wonderland; the Champions of Tennis; Dinner for Cartier; and successfully pulled off the daunting task of transforming a chicken shed into a banqueting hall.
An innovative creator, but a real stickler for detail, she enjoys getting to the very heart of what a client is trying to achieve. When it comes to translating a brief, and understanding the theatre of events, the sky is the limit; and Philly enjoys pulling the talented Appetite team together to brainstorm ideas that can successfully transform a client’s dreams into reality.
Over the years, Philly has helped grow the business into the thriving events company it is today, based on exceeding expectations with every event we organise, and has established a busy and happy sales team who benefit from her vast industry knowledge.
Director of Operations
As our Director of Operations, Kirsty Campbell can call on a her vast experience gained across a wide range of roles within the Events Industry; from sponsorship, event management and production, to sales, marketing and logistics.
Throughout, Kirsty has produced and delivered events for some of the largest brands in the UK including, IRN-BRU, Standard Life Investments, Aston Martin, Heineken and RBS, to name but a few.
With creative flare and a keen eye for detail, Kirsty is proficient in ensuring our clients events are delivered to brief, budget and on brand, ensuring best practice, no matter the scale. As a hands-on Director, you can be sure to find her mucking in on events with the whole team.
Being a lady who loves food and loves a party, Rachel Haenow fitted right into the Appetite team when she joined as our Events Manager, in March 2017.
Having studied Events Management at QMU, Rachel launched her career in Edinburgh’s top hotels, upon graduation. With a wealth of experience, she loves working on special events: everything from Gala Dinners to creating your best Birthday bash.
When planning any event, the first consultation with a client is her favourite stage - ‘we’re great listeners!’ Every event is bespoke and it’s the point in the process to discuss all options, where everything is up for discussion, and every idea – big and small – can be considered.
Robyn Gilliland joined the Appetite team as Events Manager in early summer 2018.
Bringing vast experience having planned many events in fantastic venues from the Scottish Borders all the way up to John O’ Groats she is great at locating the perfect venue for an event.
Spending the last few years focusing on weddings, this is where her true passion lies. She is our ‘go to’ wedding planner within the team. She particularly loves it when brides bring a wildcard to the ‘table’, looking to add their own unique spin on their big day. After all that’s what it is all about!
Office & Events Coordinator
Sarah Proudfoot joined the Appetite Team in early summer 2018, as Office and Events Coordinator. She brings a wide range of events experience, gained initially back in 2010, working as waiting staff for a catering company.
After graduating in Events Management, Sarah joined the busy hotel industry, initially organising corporate meetings but quickly moving into organising festive events. Gaining more event experience over the years she discovered her favourite part of the job was the end result - a happy client - gaining complete satisfaction whenever a client is pleased with the outcome of an event.
Front of House & Operations Manager
Launching her Appetite journey in Autumn 2016, as Front of House and Operations Manager, Joanna was known as a constant performer as a child and apparently never missed an opportunity to hit the high notes, display the latest dance routine or recite some prose.
A love for the stage led to a degree in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Glasgow, which led to a three-year adventure across the globe, and an undying affinity with the world of hospitality.
The unifying theme? People. Joanna loves people: making them happy, understanding them, entertaining them, getting to know them.
At Appetite, Joanna brings her unique creativity and operational know-how to every event. With her team behind her, she leads the charge for Appetite, and can, on occasion, still be found breaking into dance during staff briefings.
Fred Fouquier joined Appetite in 2014 as part of the kitchen team and later as manager. For the last few years he has returned to his original training as head of business and accounts team.
Having previously run and owned a fantastic restaurant in Paris, Fred has a passion for food and drink which combined with his experience as a financial auditor, ensures a wealth of business acumen.
Pippa Dougherty has been working with Appetite as our Marketing Manager, developing marketing strategy and activity since March 2015. Having worked in the luxury goods sector for more than 18 years, she brings a wealth of experience and an exceptionally high standard of work to the team.
Previously a long-standing client, she has seen first-hand the team’s passion for creating exceptionally delicious, varied menus and delivering beautiful events on numerous occasions.
Iain Thomson joined the Appetite team in November 2018 and is enjoying his new challenge.
He discovered his passion for cooking whilst growing up in the Caribbean and knew from a young age that he wanted to be a chef. On moving to Edinburgh, he was quick to find his first job in a kitchen and has loved it ever since. He gained fine dining experience working under Neil Forbes at The Atrium and Martin Wishart.
After a season working in the Limousin in South-Central France, he returned to Edinburgh to work at Café St Honore and this is where he really learned the importance of sustainable cooking. Iain believes in using local seasonal produce that is responsibly sourced. A belief that was strengthened when he worked at Timberyard.
Having worked previously as a Head Chef in Edinburgh restaurants, Ewan Mathieson joined the kitchen team in 2014 as our Senior Sous Chef, bringing to bear his wide variety of experience. He has cooked for politicians and Nobel Award winners; and he was personal chef to Chris Patten, the last Governor of Hong Kong. With more than 20 years’ experience, Ewan brings a great depth of skill to the kitchen and is notably admired by the team for his butchery skills and bread-making.
Scott Mackintosh has developed his career significantly since he joined the team in 2015. He studied at the New Town Cookery school, and has continued his training in the Appetite kitchen, expanding his skill base quickly progressing to a Chef de Partie before being promoted again to his current role of Sous Chef. Scott’s key culinary skill lies in his ability to combine and balance flavours and his ability to create fantastic Asian cuisine.
Originally from Brazil, Gerson Felippetto loves to travel, speaks many languages and has worked all over the world. Now, his multi-tasking skills are invaluable as our Kitchen Assistant and his happy outlook on life is a welcome addition to the team.
His favourite thing about Appetite is the team – and he says the staff lunches are pretty amazing too!
Alan Bailey joined the team at Appetite on a voluntary basis in early 2017 and quickly became an integral part of the team. Later that year he took up a full-time position as kitchen assistant. Alan’s interest in cooking started when he left school. His position in the Appetite kitchen has allowed for his continued learning and he is enjoying developing modern cooking skills and techniques.
Stores & Logistics
Since 2017, Richard Atkinson has been the face of Appetite Events ensuring the safe transportation of everything we require to deliver our fantastic events. With his super, sunny disposition, Richard is a vital part of the team and nothing is too much trouble; always going above and beyond to help throughout the whole business wherever he can.