Meet the team
Fraser McIlwraith is a bars and drinks specialist with 15 years’ experience in hospitality. His rise from glass collector in Vodka Wodka Paisley to his current role as company director was developed by working for key companies such as Mark Warner, Hilton Hotels, Buzzworks Holdings, G1 Group and DRG. As well as training people in all things bar, Fraser helped create the Buzzworks Bar Managers pipeline programme to nurture skills specific to the wet side of the business.
Fraser runs Dark Art Drinks a specialist liquor purchasing consultancy, Vodka Wodka Ashton Lane party bar, Glasgow Cocktail Collective cocktail delivery service, Dark Art Drinks also produces and wholesales cocktails such as Panther Milk for on and off trade.
Through his own consultancy Michael advises businesses on how to generate increased revenues through improving hospitality and commercialisation, as well as improving performance and profitability in those areas of a business.
Prior to that, he has trained, coached, developed as well as provided staff for over 25 years. Michael also owned his own bar/restaurant and managed a number of well-known institutions in Glasgow, including the Private members club in Royal Exchange Square.
Currently a director on the board of Partick Thistle, Michael’s focus throughout his career has been on customer service and championing customer service standards.
David Lockett is a successful recruitment professional with over 15 years’ experience.
David’s current role is with Hospo Talent as commercial director, where the goal is to supply the best talent to the hospitality sector and to make the whole process seamless.
When not working David is spends time trying to play golf and spending time with his children Holly and Callum.