meet the team



Paul Hopper has always been at home with food: a vocation that began early in the kitchens of his parents’ Hartlepool hospitality firm. A 6 year spell as a London city analyst did nothing to change his appreciation of quality or thirst for variety. Seeking a change, he travelled to Vietnam in 2012, and found more than he was looking for: incredible food as a way of life, the cornerstone of a vibrant and resilient community. The next step became clear: Paul returned to the UK inspired to share a new way of eating with the inhabitants of the square mile and beyond – and HOP was born.




Making it happen on the ground, operations advisor Josh is a master of uniting space and strategy. With 25 years in the retail hospitality industry including brand evolution and site selection for many a familiar brand, he now deploys his diverse experience and skills as Wyse 2 Ltd, a Project Management and Consultancy Business for entrepreneurs like us (and some bigger fish besides.) Josh can’t get enough of the classic pho. Heavy on the sriracha, right Josh?