Time to Make a Difference Conference.

We were delighted to return to the Strand Palace Hotel, London again this year and are very grateful to them and to our Event Sponsors Caterer.com and Zonal and supporters Asahi and Britvic for supporting the event.

This year's annual conference included an update on the charity's new 5 year strategy and how businesses and supporters can support in getting 1000 people into work by 2024 as well as reviewing charity successes to date and looking ahead to the events and campaigns planned for 2023.

Only A Pavement Away’s purpose is to provide pathways out of homelessness and crime into purposeful employment within the hospitality industry. Over the next six years it is estimated that there will be around 1.3million vacancies in the hospitality industry. At the same time, the number of people who are facing or are at risk of becoming homeless, is rising with an estimated 66,000 more people experiencing homelessness.

We were thrilled to be joined by over 170 delegates from employer and charity partners, sponsors, supporters and guests from across hospitality.

To date we have placed 300 candidates back into work saving the local & central government an estimated c.£5million through reduced government support, financial independence, and household expenditure. We are now averaging between 3-4 Members a week getting an career opportunity. Average LOS is 38 weeks. Retention level 42%.


11.45 - 12:45


Light buffet lunch served at Haxells Restaurant

12.50 – 13.00

Welcome & Purpose of the Conference

James Hacon, CMO Mapal & Founder of Think Hospitality

13.00 - 13:30

Only A Pavement Away’s Progress Update Greg Mangham, Founder & CEO

Greg looks at the ROI & value of the Only A Pavement Away programme to the economy over the next 5 years. Changing Perceptions to Change Lives - Presenting the key findings of Only A Pavement Away’s perceptions research from October 2022.

13.35 - 14.10

Meet the Only A Pavement Away Employment Team

A panel looking at how the Only A Pavement Away employment team functions and the support given to all those involved in the programme

Chaired by: James Hacon CMO Mapal & Founder of Think Hospitality.

14.15 - 14.45

Meet our charity Referral Partners

We talk to some of our key referral charity partners to gain insight into how they work with Only A Pavement Away.

Chaired by: Mark Stretton, Founder of Fleet Street

14.15 - 14.45

International Women’s Day Campaign

Peter Martin, CEO, Peach 20/20 interviews Janene Pretorius, Director of People and Culture, The Wolseley Hospitality Group, Sophie Canning, Head of Talent and Development, Rare Restaurants and Only A Pavement Away member Helen Scott, The Wolseley our first female member.

A Seat at the Table:

How hospitality teams can help & mentor women who have found themselves facing homelessness and/or suffered domestic abuse whilst facilitating finding a career in hospitality.

Panel: Hosted by Katy Moses, Founder & MD of KAM.


Pedalling for Pubs – Dolores Panetier

15.25 - 15.45


15.45 – 16.00

Pathways to Employment

Mark Stretton, Founder of Fleet Street speaks to Dolores Panetier, Only A Pavement Away, Head of Employer Partnerships about the charity’s Vision of placing 1000 people into work by 2024.

16.05 – 16.40

Only A Pavement Away Events & Campaigns

Karen Wallin, Head of Marketing & Fundraising, Only A Pavement Away – chairs a panel on the events & campaigns that helps fund some of its work and what's coming up this year.

16.45 - 17.00

Deborah Moses Turnaround Pathway Bursary

Kate Nicholls, CEO UK Hospitality interviews Katy Moses, Founder & MD KAM on the Deborah Moses Turnaround Pathway Bursary.

17.05 – 17.30

A Time to Make a Difference

Our Ambitions and plans for the next 5 years.

James Hacon interviews Greg on the future & what support is needed.

17.30 - 18.30

Close, Networking & Drinks/Nibbles.