inspire people

Alongside fabulous food, our people are the key ingredient in our recipe for success.

Throughout our journey, we are fortunate to have nurtured an excellent core management team who wholeheartedly share a passion for pushing culinary boundaries and tantalising our customers’ taste buds! We are also really proud that we employ over 200 stars in Inspire who shine for us every single day!

David Pease
Lorna McFarlane
David Hunt
Kevin Simpson
Denise Coulter
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David Pease

Owner

David is a perfectionist in every sense of the word – be it how food is presented on the plate, preparation of a client budget or overseeing the final production of a tender document! His early years in the catering industry saw him progress quickly through the ranks of luxury hotels and private hospitals before moving into contract catering where he was Managing Director of a large caterer for Scotland and Ireland.

A consummate professional in his field, David chose to channel his passion for truly fantastic food and delivering excellence into Inspire – where at the helm, he takes great pride in offering catering services with a difference where together as a team, they proudly create truly bespoke client solutions.

David is ultimately responsible for all of Inspire’s operations. Being a true operator to the core, he blends a sound commercial head with a flair for exceptional delivery. David is never far from the action – he often takes personal responsibility for running VIP events and also loves to get stuck in designing new kitchens and restaurants!

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Lorna McFarlane

Owner

Lorna, like David has many years experience in the catering industry gained over the last 25 years where she has held a number of roles in sales, marketing and pre Inspire, she held 2 Managing Director positions working in the retail service sector.

Lorna’s natural enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit means she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. She is hugely determined with an imaginative vision which coupled with David’s technical knowledge and sound financial acumen has been the key ingredients to Inspire’s recipe for success!

Lorna has exceptional client relationships and her attention to detail is second to none. With a passion for innovation and developing new concepts, Lorna is responsible for all marketing and design applications, presentation standards and continuous improvement at Inspire.

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David Hunt

Group Executive Chef MCGB

David is an award-winning Head Chef in his own right, having excelled in many teams within the catering industry over the last 3 decades. Having been Team Manager for The Senior Scottish Culinary Team for a number of years and now on the Board of the Federation of Chefs in Scotland, David leans on these experiences to bring top drawer innovation to Inspire’s food services every single day.

David is intrinsically focused on sourcing and serving the best quality, locally produced food possible to ensure we consistently exceed our customers’ expectations. He is responsible for and is the driving force behind Inspire’s Healthy Living Award Accreditation and Membership of The Scotch Beef Club.

David’s nurturing and enthusiastic nature allows him to inspire ‘food-iness’ within the business every single day and he leads our craft teams in creating imaginative and delicious menu choices with something for everyone.

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Kevin Simpson

Operations Manager

Kevin has an exemplary track record as both a Chef and Manager in the hospitality and contract catering sectors. His energy, drive and tenacity mean he is a shrewd operator! Commercially astute and committed to doing the best job possible, he ensures Inspire always delivers! Kevin takes day to day responsibility for each contract’s operational compliance.

As a natural leader of people, Kevin pro-actively supports and develops our operational teams on a day to day basis. His excellent client relationships are as a result of a ‘can do’ approach and he works hard to motivate and encourage the onsite teams to always go that extra mile.

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Denise Coulter

Quality & Training Manager

Denise’s bubbly and charismatic personality make her an ideal trainer! A real people person who truly has Inspire’s core values at the heart of everything she does. She is a great advocate of developing and motivating our people and brings out the best in everyone.

Alongside Kevin, she implements all legislative, compliance and operating standards ensuring we are offering the best quality operational facility.

With many years’ experience in the catering and hospitality industry, Denise has built up a wealth of operational and training knowledge and in addition to ensuring all legal, business and developmental training is carried out on site, Denise oversees and manages the delivery of all training. She also carries out regular audit reviews for service development and quality assurance purposes.

we care

We all care deeply about doing the right thing and we not only encourage this at every level, throughout our business, we measure it too!

going the extra mile

Exceeding expectations is at the core of all we do – whether it be for our clients, customers or our staff.

We make sure everyone is clear on the strategy from day one and the part we all play in that. Keeping things simple and ensuring people know what’s
expected of them is pivotal to us delivering what we say we will.
It also makes for a happy team!