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).
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.
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.
Nicola is our go to person for all things events and meetings.
Her extensive experience spans through the hotel and restaurant industry, and she will help you find the right space and solution to ensure whatever the occasion, we will exceed your expectations.
We are sure you will be meeting her soon out and about the town, and feel free to call and find out how we can help you.
We are very excited to welcome our new sales manager, Sally Ford in joining the team. Sally will be responsible for growing the non match day business for the stadium. We have some fantastic meeting and event spaces and she will be reaching out to businesses and private users alike to tell all about how we can work with you for meetings, conferences, exhibitions, weddings, proms, fine dining, Christmas parties and also our brand new themed evenings!
Sally has a strong background in sales and developing key relationships within the local business community. She loves nothing more than meeting new people and after week one, can’t wait to be coming out to meet you all soon to see how she can bring your events to The John Smith’s Stadium.