Wearing a tuxedo and black bow tie with a red handkerchief tucked into his breast pocket, James Hayward looks into the camera at an awards ceremony.

James Hayward – Waiter Judge

Hotel Manager – Coldra Court Hotel, Celtic Manor Collection

Canadian-born James moved to Wales at the age of 11. At 15 he took his first job in hospitality, working his way up from Kitchen Porter to Hotel Manager within the prestigious Celtic Manor Collection.

James has also worked stints with De-Vere Hotels, and was front of House Manager of the award-winning White Hart Village Inn in 2011, the year in which they were awarded AA Pub of the year for Wales and introduced into the Michelin Pub Guide – one of only a handful of properties in Wales.

James was also part of the team that opened The Twenty Ten Clubhouse, the first purpose build clubhouse to stage the Ryder Cup Matches. James currently sits on the committee as secretary of the Institute of Hospitality Cymru and is committed to giving back and developing the future talent in hospitality.