Meet the Team!

WE ARE YUMMY!


We LOVE what we do – and what we do is to help create your journey to be successful in the wonderful world of hospitality! Our passion is to see you grow, learn and embrace through one of our international programs - an adventure that will change your life!  
 
We are always here to help and are excited to get you started, so drop us a message! Let the ever so lovely Yummy Jobs team take YOU on an adventure!  #MYYUMMYSTORY

 

Jason Smith

Founder & CEO

Jason is the CEO and founder of Yummy Jobs. Having completed a Management Training Program at The Walt Disney World Resort several years ago, he is a hospitality expert. Jason is also a co-founder of the FLIGHT Hospitality Group

Hobbies - Vinyasa Hot Yoga, Cycling, Disney Marathon Training

Interests - Meeting new people - creating life changing opportunities

Top tip for Applicants - Always push outside your comfort zone - you'll never look back!

Alexis Smith

Managing Director

Alexis handles Marketing, Client/Candidate Relations and all the rest! She has had her own experiences of a J1 Program in the USA in her 20’s and 2 internships in Italy. She is driven by the Cultural Exchange elements which really help candidates develop the social skills that will kick start their careers and the rest of their lives!

Hobbies - Chocolate, Being on the beach, Yoga

Top tip for Applicants - Be professional. Gain relevant work experience. Sell yourself. Think positive!

Luke Brisco

International Recruitment Manager | Marketing Specialist

Luke joined the Yummy Family in 2015 after participating in two of our Summer Programs whilst at university (Disney Cultural Exchange Program, Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando). Luke now leads the recruitment for our Summer Work and Travel Programs in the USA and specialises in our Marketing activities.

Hobbies - Travelling, Fitness, Movies

Interests - West End, All things Disney!

Top tip for Applicants - Be confident in your achievements - this is your opportunity to sell yourself!

Mark Lees

International Recruitment Manager | J1 Compliance Specialist

Mark joined the team in 2017 having previously completed five separate USA work programs; including the Disney Cultural Representative Program and the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort Program. He currently manages our range of Professional Intern & Trainee programs within the USA. 

Hobbies - Playing Football & Visiting Theme Parks

Interests - Football, Tennis, Xbox & Braveheart

Top tip for Applicants - Be Beyonce, always.

Lucy-Ann Huskisson

International Account Coordinator

Having completed the Disney Cultural Representative Program in 2013 - 2014, as well as two previous J1 programs in the USA, Lucy-Ann helps run the J1 Intern and Trainee programs along with the Disney Academic Exchange Program.

Hobbies - Writing, Photography, Reading and Travelling

Interests - Musicals, Escape Rooms, Shakespeare and Disney

Top tip for Applicants - Make sure you read all the program eligibility requirements before applying; if you are not sure about anything, ask!

Natalie Taylor

International Account Coordinator

After participating in the Disney Cultural Representative Program in 2013-2014, Natalie now looks after the recruitment for the Disney International Programs, alongside helping Luke with the Summer Work and Travel Programs in the USA. She is thrilled to now be working for the company who gave her the best year of her life in EPCOT!

Hobbies - Cinema, Parkrun, Netball

Interests - Country Music, Parks and Recreation, Stand-up comedy

Top tip for Applicants - Proof read everything you submit; grammar and spelling errors will immediately make a bad and lasting impression!

Aaron Dowler

International Account Coordinator

Aaron joins the team having recently returned from our Events Management Training Program with Convene in New York City! Having also participated on the Disney Academic Exchange Program whilst at University, he is no novice to our programs! Aaron works alongside Mark and Lucy-Ann recruiting for our J1 Intern and Trainee programs in the U.S!

Hobbies - Writing, Interior Design, Travelling

Interests - Any Netflix Original Series, Learning New Skills and Trying new experiences

Top tip for Applicants - Be proud of your accomplishments, and take 5 minutes to believe in yourself

Nickie Gordon

Swiss Education Group Academic Advisor

Nickie is the lead UK Academic Advisor for the Swiss Education Group, a Swiss Alliance of Hospitality Management Schools. SEG looks after 5 hospitality schools over 7 beautiful campuses, with a student body made up of 111 nationalities and 6,500 students.

Hobbies - Discovering new music, Collecting Coca Cola memorabilia

Interests - Anything to do with music, travel but most importantly my family

Top tip for Applicants - Undecided about your study options? – Call for a chat, meet for more info and most definitely come and visit Switzerland! : )

Paige Haley

Swiss Education Group Academic Advisor

Paige joins Nickie as a UK Academic Advisor for the Swiss Education Group, a Swiss Alliance of Hospitality Management Schools. SEG looks after 5 hospitality schools over 7 beautiful campuses, with a student body made up of 111 nationalities and 6,500 students.

Hobbies - Travelling, Music, Shopping.

Interests - Spending time with family & friends, Disney, Musicals

Top tip for Applicants - Make sure you always be yourself! Don't change so people will like you, be yourself and the right people will love you!

Michele Harris

Background Check Coordinator

The legendary Michele has been with the Yummy Team since 2006! She takes care of all the processing for DBS background checks for all Yummy participants and our partners.

Hobbies - Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Cooking

Interests - Soap Operas (Emmerdale a fav!), Shopping, Spending time with family

Top tip for Applicants - Make sure you read the instructions properly when completing your DBS form!

Jaye Kirby

Accounts and Finance

Jaye manages all the payments and accounts for Yummy participants.

Hobbies - Fitness, Entertaining, Chilling on holiday

Interests - Theatre, Travelling to different places, Eating out, Spending time with my family