VENUES EXPERIENCES HOSPITALITY
With more than 15 years of experience in the food and beverage industry and a solid restaurant background, I hold a degree in Tourism and have extended my portfolio to become a published travel writer. As a co-founder of Graffiti Spirits Group, I oversee the culinary and business facets of our ventures. My mission is to position Liverpool as a leading UK hub for gastronomic innovation and excellence. I am deeply passionate about staying at the forefront of new trends, promoting local produce, and ensuring that both locals and visitors enjoy a perfect blend of quality and cutting-edge experiences.
Holding a Masters in Fine Art and the prestigious title of world's fastest bartender, co-founder John Ennis serves as the creative force and beverage connoisseur at Graffiti Spirits Group. His fervor for unique spirits and extensive insights into the world of beverages, acquired through research voyages worldwide, make John the driving force behind the imaginative cocktails, remarkable drink selections, distinctive trends, and exceptional service that have become synonymous with Graffiti Spirits' bars in Liverpool and London.
Working in hospitality since the age of 17, Nick has over 20 years of experience in the industry. After working as a head bartender at several multi award-winning bars, and winning multiple cocktail competitions in the UK and internationally, Nick became business partners with John and Matt in late 2010, opening Salt Dog Slims together in 2012.
What Nick loves about the industry is the people - Whether it be those you work with that inspire you everyday, the guests you meet or those driving the industry’s creativity and passion from other venues, he finds inspiration from the people that make hospitality so special.
Nick’s passions outside of work include travel, football, hiking, snowboarding, art and cooking.
Born and bred in Liverpool, Executive Chef Daniel Heffy's culinary journey has weaved through the city's vibrant food scene. His impressive career includes co-founding The Art School Restaurant alongside Paul Askew, establishing the beloved Secret Diners Club supper club.
In 2017, he made an international leap to Stockholm, where he contributed his culinary prowess to Frantzén, a three Michelin Star restaurant, celebrated as one of the world's finest. With a wealth of experience and a newfound global perspective, Daniel made a triumphant return to Liverpool to collaborate with GSG Hospitality. The fruit of this partnership is NORD, a restaurant inspired by Daniel's diverse culinary journey, dedicated to showcasing Northern heritage and hospitality.
Daniel's greatest passion revolves around his two daughters, who are keen to follow daddy’s footsteps with their own kitchen, albeit adorned in pink!
John, fondly known as Dougie, boasts a rich history in the hospitality sector that spans over 15 years. He embarked on his journey as a barback and steadily climbed the ladder to his current position as the Operations Manager at GSG. While he primarily started as a bartender, his insatiable curiosity and dedication led him to explore various facets of the industry, working on the floor and in the kitchen.
What truly captivated Dougie and nurtured his love for the industry was the opportunity to connect with diverse individuals day in and day out. The ever-changing landscape of hospitality presented him with daily challenges, ensuring that no two days are alike in this dynamic field. Beyond the realm of work, Dougie's heart beats for Liverpool FC, and he finds joy in the company of his young son, with another one the way!
Ian initially joined GSG as a bartender back in 2010 and steadily climbed the ranks to his present role as Finance Director in 2016. His responsibilities encompass a wide range, from overseeing payroll and technical support to managing supplier accounts and handling tax-related matters. Ian's fondness for the hospitality industry ignited when he had his first encounter with a five-dollar shake. Many might view it as just a milkshake, but Ian perceived it as pure brilliance and has been captivated by the industry ever since.
Outside of the office, Ian relishes self-debates, takes part in football and fitness activities, and boasts an undefeated tennis record against Dougie. Ian is also confident in his football general knowledge, although the consensus among his colleagues might not entirely align with his acclaimed knowledge.
Kristie's fondness for GSG Hospitality began when she relocated to Liverpool. She describes joining the group that initially captured her as a significant 'fan girl moment.' Regardless of the setting, whether it involves crafting coffees (our very own Picaso with the Latte art) or coordinating elaborate events, Kristie's primary focus is bringing her team together to deliver the finest guest experience.
Outside of work, there's nothing Kristie enjoys more than playing the role of a hostess, filling her home with friends and relishing good food and drinks (with an unrivaled knowledge of Rose).
Her sole dilemma is living in a terrace while her Pinterest boards are brimming with images of dreamy kitchen and dining spaces for her Georgian Quarter townhouse, although pretty sure she’d also take a traditional red brick townhouse in Brooklyn too!
Kristie's future aspiration? The list is ongoing.
Upon completing his degree in Hospitality Management, Lee dedicated nine years to refining his skills with Living Ventures. He climbed the ranks from Duty Manager to Senior General Manager, overseeing operations in various locations. His journey with GSG began in 2018 in preparation for the Duke Street Market launch, and since 2019, he has been the General Manager at Duke Street Market.
Lee finds the dynamic nature of the hospitality industry thrilling; every day presents new challenges, opportunities to meet and engage with different guests, and chances for personal growth. Beyond work, Lee enjoys socializing and making valiant attempts at playing golf. Life constantly presents him with new challenges, especially with two dogs and a daughter in the mix. If you love a good cuppa and listening to Steps, you're guaranteed to get on with Lee!
Anne has dedicated over a decade to the hospitality industry, commencing her journey as a kitchen porter and ascending to her current role as Assistant Manager at Duke Street Market. Anne's greatest joy is bringing joy to others. She takes pleasure in contributing to the creation of cherished memories when people gather for meals, striving to exceed expectations and make every experience exceptional.
During her free hours, Anne maintains her fitness through gym workouts and leisurely walks, revelling in the great outdoors and the beauty of nature. And of course, she wouldn't turn down a glass of wine! Actually, we are pretty confident she’d become a long-term guest at Kaya’s mythical vineyard.