Island Poké Appoints Ex Itsu Director As New Managing Director
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Island Poké Appoints Ex Itsu Director As New Managing Director

October 14, 2022 // // Island Poké has appointed Nicolas Barnoin as its new Managing Director.

Nicolas will join on 31st October from his role as COO at Famously Proper Ltd where he is responsible for the operation of 23 sites across the Byron and Mother Clucker brands.  Prior to that, Nicolas spent 20 years with Itsu, working his way up from General Manager to Shops Director covering an estate of over 70. The synergies between the 2 brands are obvious and Island Poké will benefit from Nicolas’ experience in the food to go sector.

Working closely with founder James Gould-Porter, Nicolas will look to grow the business to establish the brand.

Nicolas will also oversee Island Poké in France. Beyond France, Nicolas will begin to foster strategic alliances with operators across Europe and beyond to cement Island Poké’s place on the global hospitality scene.

Nicolas Barnoin, Island Poké MD, said: “It’s great to be joining Island Poké as Managing Director. The “healthy quick service restaurant” market in the UK is on the verge of breaking through into the mainstream and the talented Island Poké team are at the very forefront of this trend with a brand that customers adore and a product that is both healthy as well as nutritious and doesn’t compromise on taste."

“I am looking forward to joining such a vibrant brand and work alongside James, the team and our franchise partners.

Island Poké founder James Gould-Porter said: “We’re excited to welcome Nicolas to our Island Poké Ohana as our new Managing Director.

“Nicolas has a breadth of industry knowledge and his expertise will be a key asset as we look to bring Island Poké to more customers.”

Island Poké uses sustainable and high-quality ingredients that deliver on both flavour and feel-good factor.

Poké (Po-Keh) is the Hawaiian for “slice or cut” and is traditionally chunks of raw, marinated fish tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and sauces.

Island Poké is part of both the White Rabbit Projects group and Hero Brands group.

SOURCE Island Poké



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