Board of directors

Emma has extensive experience at Board level in multi-site leisure businesses. She is currently a non-executive director (Senior Independent Director and the Chair of the Remuneration Committee) for The Gym Group plc and has been on the company’s Board since its IPO in 2016.

Her hospitality experience includes being the CEO of Wagamama from December 2018 to June 2021, during which time she navigated the acquisition by TRG plc and the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to this she was Wagamama’s Chief Growth Officer and before that was Group Marketing Director for PizzaExpress.

Emma is trained as a global marketer and has previously held Global Marketing Director roles at Merlin Entertainments and Unilever.

Richard joined Tortilla as Managing Director in 2014 and subsequently became CEO In January 2019.

Richard has over 30 years’ experience in the food sector. After starting his career in the US, Richard held roles at TGI Fridays and Rainforest Café.

He joined Loch Fyne Restaurants’ original management team as Operations Director in 1999, becoming Managing Director in 2005. He oversaw the sale of the business to Greene King in 2011. Richard then joined Daylesford Organic in 2011 where he oversaw the Company’s London operations.

Andy joined Tortilla in July 2017 as CFO, bringing with him 15 years’ experience.

Andy joined Tortilla from Gaucho, where he was Head of Finance, a role which included overseeing the sale of the business to Equistone Partners. Andy started his career at Deloitte and holds an ACA qualification.

Alongside his role as CFO, Andy is also Tortilla’s Commercial Director. In this role, Andy continues to focus on business development for the Group, working alongside franchise partners and reviewing Tortilla’s many alternative revenue-driving opportunities.

Brandon founded Tortilla in 2007 and led as CEO until 2014.

Brandon has also been Founder/CEO of REVL, Chairman of Red’s True Barbecue, and Interim Director of e-commerce for Arcadia Group. He currently advises TriSpan’s Rising Stars fund, a dedicated restaurant private equity programme, and is a NED for Thunderbird Fried Chicken Ltd and Mamma Roma Group.

Brandon started his career in Silicon Valley and has also worked as a consultant at Accenture and Booz Allen Hamilton. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Princeton and an MBA from London Business School.

Loeïz represents the interests of Quilvest Capital Partners, a global alternative investments player with circa USD6 billion of assets under management, which has been the largest shareholder in Tortilla since 2011.

Loeïz is a Partner in Quilvest’s direct private equity investment team and has served on the board of directors of a number of portfolio companies including Sogetrel, EDH, BT Blue, Minafin, and Tortilla.

Before joining Quilvest in 2006, Loeïz spent two years with the Boston Consulting Group in Paris and Barcelona. Loeïz is a graduate of HEC in Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales), and was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also holds a masters in French corporate law.

Francesca brings a wealth of business development, franchise, finance and M&A experience and she has been involved in the successful expansion of many branded businesses across the European QSR market, in both advisory and senior finance positions.

Francesca is currently a Partner and Co-Founder of Kikkirossi, a European boutique advisory firm specialising in international franchise and brand development.

Previously, she has held a number of director and CFO roles in European hospitality businesses, including eight years at Yum! Brands Inc., the owner and operator of household names including KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, where she held European CFO and Commercial Director positions.

Keith brings a wealth of leadership experience gained across a broad range of consumer-focused businesses.

He has held senior positions at companies operating across a wide range of sectors including retail, leisure, and hospitality. He was previously Finance Director and Company Secretary at JD Wetherspoon plc, Group Finance Director at Go-Ahead plc, Chief Financial Officer at Dunelm plc and, most recently, Finance Director of Selfridges Group. He is currently the Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair of Topps Tiles plc.

Keith has the role of Tortilla’s Senior Independent Director (SID) and Chair of the Audit Committee.