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 which 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 became CEO of Tortilla in 2014, bringing with him over 30 years’ experience in the food sector.

After starting his career in the US, Richard’s 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. At Loch Fyne, Richard oversaw the company’s sale to Greene King.

Richard joined Tortilla from Daylesford Organic, which he had joined in 2011. At Daylesford, Richard oversaw the Company’s London operations, including opening their first full-service restaurant in 2013 and opening restaurants in Selfridges and in Esher.

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 was also appointed as Tortilla’s Commercial Director in January 2021. The role focuses on business development, working alongside franchise partners and reviewing Tortilla’s many alternative revenue-driving opportunities.

Brandon founded Tortilla in 2007 and led Tortilla 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.

Laurence is currently CFO of Hollywood Bowl Group plc which he joined in 2014 as Finance Director.

Prior to this, Laurence was UK development director for Paddy Power from 2012, where he led the team in doubling its retail footprint. Laurence has also held senior retail and finance roles for Debenhams PLC, Pizza Hut (UK) Limited and Tesco PLC.

Laurence has a first-class degree in business, mathematics and statistics from the London School of Economics.