Meet the team

Ian Parkinson

Operations Director – Conference Channel

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After leaving school Ian entered the colourful world of classic catering.  Ian’s career has given him the opportunity to work at some of the country’s leading brand hotels.

Richard Smith

Head of Sales and Marketing - Conference Channel

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Richard joined Yarnfield Park in November 2010, having spent much of the previous decade with the NEC Group based at The ICC, Birmingham, where he undertook a variety of roles including latterly Head of Conference Sales and Senior Account Director.

Sam Martin

Account Manager

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Sam completed a degree in fashion design, undertaking part of her studies in New York. After her degree she moved to London to work in fashion marketing and events. Sam then moved back to her roots in Staffordshire where she worked as an Event Executive at the Alton Towers Resort before joining the Yarnfield Park sales team as a Conference Co-Ordinator in February 2011.

Emma Johnson

Accommodation Sales Co-ordinator

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Our longest serving member of the sales team, Emma joined us in 2004 after training and working as a travel agent for a short time. Emma started at Yarnfield Park working on reception before making the jump into the sales office and she has never looked back.

Neil Wilson

Assistant Operations Manager

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Neil trained at Rodbaston Agricultural College before starting a career in farming. Neil then moved into the engineering industry and then into sales in the motor trade before joining us in January 2011.

Mark Hill

Assistant Operations Manager

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Mark joined us in July this year after working at Alton Towers for 18 years, where he gained valuable experience not only in the Bar and Restaurant but also as Conference and Events Manager overseeing events from small meetings for 10 people to gala dinners for 800.

Mike Mountney

Building Maintenance Manager

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Mike started his well travelled career after undertaking training  in leisure operations and environmental management. His career took him all over the world from working at Chessington World of Adventure after which he worked in Australia for 2 years.

Beth Chell

Conference Operations Co-ordinator

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Beth joined us in June 2015. Having gained qualifications in Travel & Tourism which set her on her conference and catering career, she joins the team as Conference Operations Co-ordinator.

Laurence Chell

Executive Chef

Laurence Chell

Laurence joined us from Twycross Zoo in January 2011. Laurence is an Italian trained chef who after gaining his qualifications at Salford University went on to specialise in sports nutrition working at various establishments such as Nottingham Forest FC, Derby County FC, Stoke City FC, Leicester Tigers RFC, St Helens RFC and Rizla Suzuki to name a few.

Paul Sharratt

Operations Manager

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Paul joined the team at Yarnfield in March 2014 after 6 months at the Holiday Inn Stoke on Trent as the food and beverage manager.
During his career Paul spent 16 years at Alton Towers, his roles including managing catering for concerts for 28,000 people and gala dinners and buffets for up to 1,500. Paul also spent 8 months in Toronto as Commercial Manager at Legoland Discovery Centre, opening the first of its kind in Canada.

Gemma Brandrick

Commercial Sales Executive

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Gemma studied Hospitality Management at University of Derby and brings a wealth of experience to Yarnfield Park after working for 9 years at Alton Towers in the Event Sales office and at the home of the FA; St George's Park for 15 months. Gemma joined the Yarnfield Team in January 2016.

Toni Mountford

Conference Sales Executive

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Following her studies at Birmingham University in Marketing and Hospitality Management, Toni joined a trainee management programme at the Three Horseshoes Hotel in Leek before moving to Alton Towers where she started as Team Leader in the restaurant, then into Corporate Sales for 9 years.

 

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About Yarnfield Park

At Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, in the Midlands, we work with companies from a diverse range of business sectors to help them achieve their conference, training and development goals. We offer one of the fastest free dedicated Internet and WiFi solutions within a training and conference centre in the UK.

Situated in the Midlands, our training and conference centre’s central location is accessible from all over the UK via the region’s excellent transport links.

We have over 32 flexible meeting spaces, from large theatres for 450 delegates to vast outdoor space ideal for team building. We have a successful track record in delivering residential and non-residential conference and training programmes for associations, government and corporate clients.

Tel: 01785 762900