Tortilla, the UK largest fast-casual Mexican restaurant brand, is delighted to announce the appointment of Elisabete (Betty) Tavares as its new Head of People.
As the business positions itself for strong future growth, Tavares will have a crucial role in continuing to drive forward Tortilla’s focus on fostering the best culture and environment for its people to thrive, investing in recruiting and retaining the best talent in the sector.
Tavares has 12 years of experience in people management and human resources, and has a strong and proven track record in providing strategic direction and leadership across talent management, organisational planning, and spearheading the implementation and execution of HR programmes.
She joins Tortilla having previously worked on a consultancy basis with businesses across the food, leisure and restaurant sectors including casual dining chain Tasty Plc. Most recently she was Head of People at Fulham Shore plc, owner and operator of the Franco Manca and The Real Greek restaurant brands, and prior to this held roles at Oaxaca Ltd, owner of Wahaca, and the Azzurri Group.
Richard Morris, CEO of Tortilla, commented, “We are really excited to welcome Betty to Tortilla. She brings strong sector experience and proven expertise in leading and implementing market-leading HR programmes.
'She will be a fantastic addition to the team at a time when we are further enhancing our HR proposition to ensure we recruit, retain and develop our people in the best ways that we can, and position Tortilla as a best place to work in our industry.”
Tavares said, 'I’m thrilled to be joining Tortilla at such an exciting time for the business. I have been a huge fan of the brand and product for a long time, and am very much looking forward to helping to further enhance and retain the best team in the sector to deliver on our exciting growth prospects.”