Matt Davis, Project Coordinator of Hospitality Table Cornwall moved from Bristol to the heart of Cornwall to coordinate a new hospitality initiative. Matt tells us all about his previous experience and how his career to date meets hand in hand with Hospitality Table Cornwall.
Having grown up in Bristol, I spent a decade in the hospitality industry where I worked in a variety of roles before taking on the role of Front of House Manager. Here I implemented effective change that increased recognition, revenue and star rating for the hotel. I loved my time within the sector and was lucky enough to partake in a number of on the job educational courses, which gave me an insight to the opportunities that are available when time is taken to increase skills and knowledge. As expected, I developed a passion for great food and wine over my years in hospitality as well as the importance for customer service – all of which are passions of mine that have only increased in the years since.
After the hotel trade, I took a dramatic career change that until now would have perhaps not had any relevance to my time in hospitality. Taking on a challenging role within the further education sector, I spent 7 years working on changing the FE perception and culture of student finance. Working daily with learners from a variety of backgrounds, I led on ensuring they were fully supported as required financially. My teams goal was to not allow finances to be a barrier to their educational success while removing the stigma of a typical finance office environment and becoming a learner focused supportive service which archived it’s goal by moving elements of the finance function over to the marketing function to further increase its learner focus. Working closely with the Education Skills Funding agency, a variety of financial support services and learners has given me a clear understand of the institutional challenges that exist within education and gave me prospective, and the passion to make a difference to today’s learners. To keep my buzz for food and drink alive while working within education, I also played a role in the college’s food tender process, successfully helping to secure a company that recognises the considerable change within school and FE catering over the years. Ensuring students only had the freshest ingredients and daily options of healthy food, my team also pushed to guarantee that no learner would be left without food during the college day regardless of dietary or financial background.
Both my former and current careers now join hand in hand, alongside my passion for the hospitality industry as a whole. I understand the importance of ensuring hospitality staff are higher skilled and passionate, helping to strengthen individuals and in turn strengthening the industry; all achievable from working with learners from all backgrounds to ensure they receive the education required for success.
Now after moving to the heart of Cornwall and joining the fantastic team at Hospitably Table Cornwall as a Project Coordinator, my goal is to work alongside like-minded employers from the Cornish hospitality sector to raise aspirations within the industry by developing relevant learning pathways to improve skills, productivity and quality, all while being mindful of the ongoing education shifts and different learning environments available to help individuals truly shine within the industry.
Outside of work, I have been a radio host, musician and owned a small clothing brand for keen surfers. I love movies, animals and I’m a keen runner having taken part in a number of 5k, 10k and half marathons over the years.
I’m excited to be a part of the team and with the support of Truro and Penwith College and the European Social Fund I truly believe we can make a difference within the sector and create a new standard of skilled people who inspire to deliver outstanding customer services to the industry. Shaping the future of hospitality in Cornwall, together.