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New faces at 30 Pavilion Road as Searcys aim for a bright future

30 Pavilion Road, the ‘spiritual home’ of Searcys, has made two appointments with a focus on promoting the Georgian townhouse’s unique and elegant event spaces.
Henni Havenga has been appointed as General Manager of the venue boasting 25 years of experience within the hospitality industry.


The second appointment is that of Helen Harris who has become 30 Pavilion Road’s sales and marketing manager following a sixth month spell as a central sales executive at Searcys.  

“We are very excited about the future of 30 Pavilion Road following the appointments of Henni and Helen,” explained Johanna Byrane, Head of Sales at Searcys. “Henni’s experience is extensive, international and he truly understands why 30 Pavilion Road is such a special venue for us. Since joining Searcys in May, Helen has made great strides within the sales team and her enthusiasm makes her perfect for the venue. 30 Pavilion Road’s location in the heart of Knightsbridge makes it a sought-after venue and I’m excited to see the impact that Henni and Helen will undoubtedly have going forward.”  

Henni has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry having begun his career with Southern Suns Hotel Group in South Africa. Sales and marketing roles with two smaller hotel groups preceded a move to the UK 14 years ago where he worked at Blenheim Palace, MG Hotels, ZSL London Zoo and Hedsor House before being appointed to his current role at 30 Pavilion Road.  

Helen Harris started working within event catering whilst studying event management at the University of Gloucestershire whilst also gathering event management experience at Cheltenham Town Hall. Her next step was as an event manager and wedding catering organiser for a venue in Tetbury before moving to London for a role with ZSL London Zoo. After finding a passion for sales, Helen was brought into the Searcys central sales team in May before taking up her new role at 30 Pavilion Road just six months later.  

“30 Pavilion Road is a beautiful and multi-functional venue so I am thrilled to be a part of the Searcys family,” said Henni. “We have hit the ground running and hosted some wonderful events since our arrival so it has been an exciting time for us all.”  

“The venue is an important part of the Searcys Collection so it’s a real honour to join such a hard-working team,” added Helen. “I loved every minute of my time in central sales but the opportunity to work within and showcase this gorgeous venue was something I couldn’t turn down.”  

Searcys Knightsbridge at 30 Pavilion Road offers a magical setting for everything from corporate events and product launches to weddings and private dining along with 11 boutique bedrooms and a delightful roof terrace.

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