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Dominic Ford

Dominic is an eminent and highly respected figure in the world of retail and hospitality, having been an integral part of early 1990’s ‘food revolution’ in London. He famously helped transform Harvey Nichols into an international lifestyle brand by creating the iconic Fifth Floor Restaurant & Foodmarket, thereby starting a trend for integrating premium fashion with premium food that remains an essential part of modern retailing.

A management career spanning over thirty years in the Wine, Restaurant, Hotel and Food Retail trades brings a wealth of experience. Dominic has worked all over the world and developed successful operations in the UK, Europe, Russia, Hong Kong and the Middle East.

Dominic’s career started in the London Wine Trade, followed by a brief period working in the USA, and then a return to London saw him take management roles at L’Escargot then owned by Nick Lander and Hilaire with Simon Hopkinson and Joel Kissin. He relocated to the Far East to take up the position of Assistant F&B Manager at the award-winning Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong. It was in Hong Kong in 1991 that Dickson Poon approached Dominic to become Restaurants and Food Retail Director of his newly-acquired Harvey Nichols and Company Limited. Dominic was on the Board of Harvey Nichols both as a private and Public Company for 12 years.

Dominic has been a professional consultant since 2004 delivering world-class projects for clients including; La Rinascente, Park Plaza Hotels, Selfridges, Tsvetnoy Central Market, KaDeWe Group, LVMH, DFS Asia, Printemps, Liberty and Intercontinental Hotel Group.

A long-time resident of Wimbledon with his wife, two daughters, two dogs and cats, three sheep, four chickens and a Kuni Kuni pig called Maggie. Dominic is also a keen photographer, skier and vegetable gardener.

Dominic Ford


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