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Meet the team at Harrogate Convention Centre

We love our venue and we’re proud of our Convention Centre family. Here’s a little insight into our experience and credentials. Come back as we add more colleagues.

Simon Kent - Convention Centre Director

Born and schooled in Harrogate, Simon gained venue management experience in Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow before returning to Harrogate as technical manager in 2004. Since becoming Director in 2013 he has driven the business forward putting the customer at the centre of everything we do.

Brian Dobson - Head of Sales and Events

Brian heads up our sales and event planning teams. Brian joined the Convention Centre in August 2016. His experience includes working in both event agencies and venues having led projects in the UK, Europe, North America, Middle East and South East Asia.

Claire Trott - Commercial Manager

Claire leads our commercial team which manages a wide range of financial and commercial activities.  She has been with us since 2008 and brings a wealth of experience in financial roles in other sectors held before joining the convention centre.

Robert Penfold - Venue Services Manager

Robert joined the team in 1990 from a strong background in hospitality and responsible for front line services across the site. He also leads the customer services function, helping to shape future customer focussed developments.

Wayne Trott - Building Services Manager

With an electrical engineering background and previous industry experience Wayne joined us 2015.  He leads our Building Services team which is responsible for maintenance and building projects across the Convention Centre estate.   

Andy Lane - Front of House Manager

Andy has been responsible for Front of House operations at the Convention Centre since 2016, having joined in 2007 when he was initially responsible for the Sun Pavilion and Royal Hall. He spent his early events career in hospitality after eight years in the armed services.



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