Both Lynnsey Pilmer, Sales & Marketing Manager at Hull City FC’s KCOM Stadium, and Jennifer Barry, Conference and Events Sales Manager at Stoke City FC’s, bet365 Stadium have joined the Leadership Team, to assist with the management of the association.
The team meets regularly to discuss and guide the strategic direction of the association, which primarily aims to promote the use of stadium venues for conferences, meetings and events. The two new signings, bring a wealth of conference and events experience to the team, as well as strengthening representation of rugby club members within the leadership team.
Lynnsey Pilmer, Sales & Marketing Manager at Hull City FC’s KCOM Stadium
Lynnsey has had a long career in customer facing roles including 8 years with Coca Cola Enterprises in various positions including Senior Account Manager for Travel in the London Region and Pro-active Sales Manager in the North East. She also provided Training for a management company in Yorkshire with Customer Care Courses, as well as heading up the Marketing department at a college of Excellence where she rebranded and added in a whole new digital platform to their student intake.
Lynnsey has been at the KCOM Stadium for 6 years growing their conference and events portfolio. Recent successes include; bringing Rod Stewart to the stadium in 2016, and hosting one of only 4 concerts in the UK for Jeff Lynne’s ELO in July 2017.
Lynnsey’s passion for unusual events saw her and her team bring Polo to the stadium for the first time ever, and even hosted the UKRO Challenge for the Fire and Rescue Service in 2017, which saw the fire service crash vehicles around the stadium, and rescue at height challenges!
Jennifer Barry, Conference and Events Sales Manager at Stoke City FC ￼
Jennifer brings a wealth of experience from a degree in Events Management from the University of Gloucestershire. Jennifer began her events career at Worcester Warriors Sixways Stadium working within the hospitality department, and then moving onto the position Conference and Events Coordinator for two years.
For the past year Jennifer has been Events Manager, and also focusing on business development. Recent successes including being a driving force in the team who brought Bryan Adams to the stadium in 2017 – The first concert at the Worcester venue since 2009. Jennifer has recently embarked on the next stage of her career, joining the team at Stoke City FC as their new Conference and Events Sales Manager.
The Stadium Experience Leadership Team is a voluntary group of members who lead the strategic direction of the not-for-profit association. The team currently includes: Collette Salmon – Sales Manager at Liverpool FC (Chair) David Timms – Senior Business Development Manager at Chelsea FC (Vice-Chair) Sue France – Head of Sales at Wigan Athletic FC (Treasurer) Nav Daine – Head of Innovation, Retail & CSR (Levy UK) at Chelsea FC (Public Catering Chair) Anna Tabor – Proactive Sales Manager at Aston Villa FC Sam McGrath – Head of Sales & Event Planning at Southampton FC Adam Pollington – Commercial Manager – Conference & Events at Tottenham Hotspur FC Lynnsey Pilmer – Sales & Marketing Manager at Hull City FC Jennifer Barry – Conference and Events Sales Manager at Stoke City FC Debbie Rigney – Marketing & PR Manager for Stadium Experience
Collette Salmon, Chair of Stadium Experience, said: “We are delighted to welcome both Lynnsey and Jennifer to join our Leadership Team. Stadium Experience was established 16 years ago with the aim of sharing best practice and networking focusing purely on the conference and events side of the football stadium business. In 2013, we expanded Stadium Experience membership to include rugby venues too, and as we continue to grow and develop, it is only right that we should extend the rugby venue experience and expertise into our Leadership Team too.”