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Two new appointments as The Gherkin plans for the future

Charley Taylor-Smith and Sally Grady
The Gherkin, one of Searcys’ collection of venues, has strengthened its team with the appointments of Charley Taylor-Smith and promotion of Sally Grady.  
Charley Taylor-Smith, the new Sales and Marketing Manager, spent more than four years with the National Theatre heading up the hospitality events department as well as the commercial business development department. She was also a board member for Unique Venues of London and Chair of South Bank venues group for just over two years before taking up her current role with The Gherkin.

Sally Grady is appointed as Business Development Manager following a successful year within the team as Sales Manager having joined the team from The View from The Shard. She also spent more than three years as an events and venue manager with Aerial UTS Function Centre based back in her home city of Sydney, Australia.

“We are delighted to have Charley on board who has a great wealth of experience from various corners of the events industry as well as experiencing in managing a large team to ensure success.   comments Johanna Byrane, Head of Sales at Searcys. “Sally has been an amazing asset to the team since joining us last year and she is worthy of her promotion. She will also be managing her new Sales Executive Meaghan Reid and together they will be driving sales and identifying new opportunities.”  

Exclusively occupying the top three floors of The Gherkin, Searcys provides world-class catering for corporate events and private functions at this unique landmark in the heart of London. It is also home to London’s highest private members’ club, featuring an exclusive lounge, restaurant and bar with private dining rooms offering the finest menus and the best 360° views over the City. The glass dome at the top of The Gherkin is available for exclusive private hire, ideal for prestigious events, as an unusual wedding venue or for memorable product launches.  

Charley Taylor-Smith said: “The opportunity to work at The Gherkin is not something that comes around very often and it’s an exciting time for me. Working for an iconic and corporate venue was the logical next step in my career and already I have been made to feel very welcome.”  

Sally Grady added: “The Gherkin is something quite special and with the team in place here, I believe it’s a real opportunity to build new relationships contributing to business growth. I’m really excited about both the challenges and the opportunities both Charley and I have by working in such an iconic venue.”  

Searcy’s will be showcasing The Gherkin’s Summer Sky Riviera themed pop-up at IMEX Frankfurt (19-21 April) and The Meetings Show (14-16 June) as well as their Diamond In the Sky Christmas theme for this year.

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