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Coventry Building Society Arena announces string of new appointments

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16 March 2023
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The Coventry Building Society Arena has made a number of new appointments to its catering and hotel teams.

The exhibition, events and conference centre has made two new appointments to the sales and front-of-house team at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, and three new chefs have joined the kitchen which provides catering for The Anecdote Bar and The Mill Brasserie and Bar.

Marianna Lymanets has joined as Sales Manager at the DoubleTree by Hilton and has been working in travel, tourism and hospitality for more than 10 years.

She joins after six years with an international hotel group in Kiev, after moving to the UK in May 2022 to flee the war in Ukraine.

Marianna said: “I’m happy to be joining what is already a very strong team here. I am passionate about sales and bringing a smile to the face of customers is important for me. I hope I will be able to support growth of the hotel with my skills, by welcoming new customers and increasing revenue.

“The position came up and it was ideal for the experience I had already developed in Ukraine. Me and my two children were rescued from the war, but I’m really happy to be here at the hotel and to try to build a career here.”

Read more - Coventry Building Society Arena attracted more than 900,000 visitors in 2022

Brad Kirkwood from Coventry has joined as Front of House Manager for the DoubleTree by Hilton. He rose through the ranks at his previous hotel from night porter to operations manager over seven years.

“This is a new challenge and it feels like a natural fit here for me,” Brad said. “I’m working with a great team here and I want to continue my development and learn as much as I can. I like to help people around me develop too and will be looking to support my team to enhance the customer experience at the hotel.”

Raj Balsaraf, General Manager at the DoubleTree by Hilton, added: “We’re pleased to be welcoming Marianna and Brad to our team as we prepare for an exciting period of change and development at the hotel and wider venue.

“We have a growing team at the hotel and it is vitally important for us that we continue to raise our standards and deliver over and above the service that guests expect from a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.”

Meanwhile, Luke Bratchie has been hired as a Chef and will be supported by Jack Sewell and Gethin Farren in the kitchen, which provides catering for The Anecdote Bar and The Mill.

Paul Michael, commercial director at Coventry Building Society Arena, said: “Our on-site hotel and bars are vitally important for the experience of visitors to the venue, be that for a conference, exhibition, sports event, or concert. It is crucial we have talented and passionate individuals in those facilities to deliver the best possible service.

“We have great plans for the development of the venue and this latest group of appointments will support those plans over the coming months.”

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Sam is the Regional Editor of Biz News, responsible for both Hampshire and Dorset.

A new recruit to journalism, Sam started writing for the Business Magazine as a freelancer in May of 2022 after completing his degree in English at University College London. His passion for local businesses and ability to tell a story soon caught the attention of the publication’s management team and have led to his meteoric rise.

Sam, who lives in central Reading, takes a particular interest in technology, gaming and food and drink, having been a chef before starting his degree.

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