Edwina was born, raised and educated in Liverpool, Hull and the Wirral.
Always entrepreneurial, and along with her husband Derek, she created the restaurant chain Est Est Est, as well as the restaurant chain Piccolino and the Restaurant Bar & Grills.
She subsequently founded Restaurant Magazine and the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” event, now a worldwide series.
These fantastic achievements were followed by the launch of Fourth, a Software as a Service business specific to the hospitality sector. Fourth is now a market leading global company, providing technology to a thousand of the biggest and best hospitality businesses in 60 countries.
She passed away unexpectedly in October 2012, leaving behind her husband and two sons whom she adored and an impressive legacy of thriving businesses employing thousands of people, and a strong but sadly only partially fulfilled desire to improve the lives of children who suffer poverty, hunger, malnutrition and obesity in the UK.
The Edwina Lilley Charitable Trust was established in 2013 in memory of Edwina Lilley. Its mission is to support and fundraise for charities in need of financial and professional assistance, specifically focused on child poverty, hunger, malnourishment and obesity within the UK.
The Trust has been supported by a number of small events to date, raising in excess of £20,000 already, and is now in discussions with several charities regarding partnerships and funding for future projects in line with the Trust mission.
A high-profile event will formally launch the Trust in 2015. Between now and then we will be working hard to further establish key partnerships and how we can help through technology, expertise and financial support.