Gareth started his career as a Sales and Marketing Graduate at Scottish & Newcastle Brewers, before becoming Senior Brand Manager for Old Speckled Hen.
In 1997 Gareth moved into the Sport and Leisure industry where he has spent the last 20 years. During this time Gareth has held the following positions:
Now Managing Director of KSDL, at The John Smith’s Stadium, Gareth oversees what is already a fascinating mixed sport and leisure business and is planning a further major leisure development – The HD One!
Ian has worked in the Hospitality and Events Industry throughout his career, dividing his time equally between four and five star Hotels and Stadia.
Following his education at Salford Technology College, Ian gained his City and Guilds 703 and Higher National Diploma (HND) in catering and hospitality. In 1984 he completed his Hotel Catering & International Management qualification (HCIMA).
Ian started his vocation as a Management Trainee within the former InterContinental hotels consortium in 1980 and pursued a career in the busy banqueting departments of Frankfurt and Geneva, daily servicing up to 1,300 guests. In 1981 he moved to Park Lane as a Sommelier in the Infamous ‘Peter Kromberg’ Le Soufflé 1* Michelin star restaurant. Ian moved into various middle management positions for the group, overseeing a replacement budget of £250,000 in 1982 for china glass and cutlery. He became Assistant Coffee Shop Manager and went onto win ‘The Times Coffee shop of the year ’86’.
In 1987 Ian re located to Manchester to re-open the ‘Midland Hotel’ as Assistant Conference and Banqueting Manager and then Restaurant Manager. He moved to Copthorne Hotels, West Sussex in 1990 as Food and Beverage Manager at the celebrated ‘Peter Agg’ Effingham Park Estate, then onto Birmingham Copthorne -Paradise Circus!
In 1994 Ian moved to Thistle Hotels, Manchester as Food and Beverage Manager at the well-known ‘Winston’s’ Champagne bar of 68 champagne Cru.
In 2000 Ian moved into Stadia, for Everton Football Club as Assistant Manager of Hospitality and Events. In 2010 he attained the position of General Manager, moving over to join The John Smith’s Stadium in November 2015.
Natalie started her journey at The John Smith’s Stadium back in 2008 whilst on her work experience placement from Greenhead College. Natalie’s work experience covered all areas of the Conference and Events function including Operations, Kitchen Management, Sales and Finance. It is from this placement that Natalie continued to develop at The John Smith’s Stadium throughout her time at College and University.
After Graduating from The University of Manchester in 2012, Natalie started her graduate life progressing through various roles at The John Smith’s Stadium:
David started his career, working in Manchester, around the many hotels and restaurants. He has worked at Manchester United and Manchester City FC.
In 2003 he started as the sous chef at Manchester City FC. Overseeing the conference and events side of the business, and helping run production for match day hospitality.
As a freelance chef he has worked on the event circuit on large events, including the gold cup at Cheltenham race course, royal Ascot and the grand prix at Silverstone
In 2009 he started as Head chef at Goldsborough Hall in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire where his success led him to win the coveted ‘Chef of the Year’ award at the annual Harrogate Business Awards.
In 2013 Dave began working at The John Smith’s Stadium and has been head chef here for the last two years. In this time he has worked with both the clubs to produce and deliver menus for match days as well as run and oversee the kitchen for the conference and events business that is held at The Stadium.