France is escar-going up the ranks
Following steady growth, and in readiness for the 10th anniversary of the Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS19), CHS Group UK has announced a promotion and a new hire.
Jules France (left) has been promoted to sales director from exhibition sales manager. A conference and hospitality veteran, France has been boosting sales for hotels, venues and destinations to key event buyers for three years as part of the CHS Group UK.
Tourism management graduate Chloe Watson has been working in various roles with the Jurys Inn group for the last four years. As newly appointed sales executive, Chloe will apply her various conferencing and events skills to growing the business.
Emma Cartmell, CEO of CHS Group UK, said: “This promotion and new appointment come on the back of steady growth for CHS Group. 2019 will be our 10th anniversary for the Conference and Hospitality Show and we really want to make it something special.”
No tears for Vere’s new role at Light Fantastic
Event production and equipment specialists Light Fantastic Production Services has announced the appointment of Andy Vere to the role of director of production.
A well-established member of the Light Fantastic production team, Vere joined the company in 2014 and has been instrumental in building the company’s reputation as a premier provider of technical production equipment and support services.
With a background in theatre lighting design, Vere has a wealth of experience covering a broad range of production disciplines including theatre, live music and corporate events. Andy’s depth of technical understanding and artistic skills have proven to be invaluable in the successful delivery of a wide range of projects.
He commented: “Being part of a growing, successful business has been a great journey for me. Our team is committed to providing the highest levels of client support, and together we have helped take the company from strength to strength. I’m looking forward to this new chapter, both for myself and the entire Light Fantastic team”.
Smash for ash at Remote
UK-based AV production company Remote Solutions has announced the appointment of Ashley Smith as director of projects to its executive team. This appointment is part of the company’s strategic move to increase its market share in London, and improve internal systems as well as external event processes.
Smith brings with him eight years of corporate event experience, having previously co-founded Euphonica, a multi award-winning entertainment agency based in London. He has previously worked with Tate, The V&A, Chiswick House and Somerset House amongst others.
He has also previously been the account director for many of the world’s most prestigious and established corporations and household names, having worked on events throughout the world.
Remote Solutions CEO Gavin Clark said: “Ashley’s appointment within our executive team allows for our continued growth in new and exciting markets, as well as driving the company forward, providing an increase in services to all our clients.”
Fenwick and Dyer on fire at GDS
Specialist Bristol-based LED lighting manufacturer GDS has announced the recruitment of two new key members of staff. Charlotte Fenwick (left) begins a new role as marketing manager, while Katie Dyer (right) will serve as business development executive.
Fenwick brings experience of growth marketing from the property development and engineering sector, whilst Dyer has a strong sales background, developed across the IT industry.
Managing director Rachel Cuthbert commented: “These are very exciting times at GDS. We’re moving forward on a number of new fronts, so it’s essential that we keep pace with progress as we continue to expand the business.
Charlotte’s appreciation of engineering and technology makes her a great fit for our principal marketing role, while Katie’s proven sales skills will support our recently created on-site service operation. Both are very capable, committed and energetic individuals, who will be instrumental in helping to shape our future.”
New boss Joss at UKinbound
UKinbound, the trade association representing the inbound travel industry, has announced the appointment of Joss Croft as its chief executive officer.
Croft will take up his post on 26 November, and brings with him over 25 years of senior leadership experience spanning positions at the Department for International Trade (DIT) and VisitBritain.
Croft most recently served as director of network communications at DIT, and previously managing director of marketing.
Croft commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been given this fantastic opportunity to represent UKinbound at this critical time for Britain’s international tourism industry.”