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New Year, new recruits at Victoria Warehouse

Following a successful 2016, with a 55 % increase in corporate bookings, Victoria Warehouse has expanded the corporate team.

A new executive team has been appointed from hotels and venues across the North-West and London. The new executive team are an integral part of growth plans for Victoria Warehouse, following the development of further event spaces (The Archives and The Cellars) which opened in November last year and continued investment in the property.

Tom Brinkworth joins as General Manager, Darren Drew Smith as Facilities Director, Estelle Ellis as People and Development Director, Gillian Moss as Executive Chef and Anthony Orme as Operations Manager. 

Tom has held previous positions with De Vere Venues, Hotels & Resorts, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts and most recently opened The Laslett in Notting Hill, London. Tom commented: “This is an exciting time to move to Manchester and join the team at Victoria Warehouse to facilitate the ongoing growth of such a vibrant brand and business. Victoria Warehouse is a unique venue and a landmark in the city. I look forward to delivering the vision of the owners and continuing to develop the venue as a leading host of major events in the North West. After all - You Are What You Make Us!” 

The kitchen team has further expanded with the appointment of Paul Beckley as Head Chef. Gillian and Paul bring over 40 years of kitchen and exclusive event catering experience to Victoria Warehouse. Gillian has previously worked at Titantic Hotel, Liverpool and within the De Vere Hotel Group for 15 years and Paul extensively throughout the North West region. She says: “The potential of the warehouse is huge and I like the can-do philosophy which fits into the business goals and aspirations”. 

Estelle has over 20 years of hospitality experience with many of these specifically focused on HR, learning and development. She says: “My role presents a fantastic opportunity to be part of a growing and developing team to position us as an employer and brand of choice for the future. The venue is inspirational and has a clear vision for the growth of our people and business”. 

Kayleigh Brindle, Director of Sales commented: “We are thrilled to develop the Victoria Warehouse team, with hotel development plans in place and the venue celebrating its fifth birthday in April, 2017 promises to be an exciting year for us”

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