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Location: Edinburgh
Date: March 5, 2019

Did you know?

A research report in 2010 from Women 1st ‘the case for change’ found that women working in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism, found five key barriers that appear to be the most significant in preventing women’s advancement to senior roles. These are:

  • the difficulty of combining work with caring responsibilities,
  • a dominant macho culture,
  • preconceptions and gender bias,
  • a lack of networking,
  • a lack of visible women in senior positions.



Hosted by Sound Bite PR, the Women In the Food Industry event for International Women’s Day 2019 welcomed anyone in the food, drink & hospitality industry. This event brought together a diverse mix of female food and drink leaders and entrepreneurs for an impactful panel discussion and networking opportunities.


On this year’s distinguished panel:

Fiona Burrell – Principal, The New Town Cookery School

Sumayya Usmani – Author, food writer & founder of Kaleyard Cookschool with a Conscience

Jack Mitchell – Director, TRUEfoods Ltd

Julie Macleod – Chef patron, Julie’s Kopitiam

Dale MacPhee – General Manager, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian


The panel discussion chaired by Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food at Scotland Food & Drink explored the panellists’ experiences of the food, drink and hospitality industry with a focus on the subject for International Women’s Day 2019 #Balanceforbetter.


The Women In The Food Industry’s gathering promoted peer-to-peer networking, mentoring, lead sharing and giving back to the global travel community in meaningful ways. Their organisation is making great strides, advocating for women in the travel-and-tourism industry.