Ian Simpson (pictured), Sodexo’s GM at Goodison Park, home to Everton Football Club, has transferred to another Sodexo managed venue, the John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield. There he will take the events and hospitality helm at the home to Huddersfield Town AFC and Huddersfield Giants Rugby Super League Club.
After a 15-year stint at Goodison, where Simpson managed an annual £3.8m turnover in match-day hospitality, public stadium operation and conference and events, he will now be charged with repeating the feat in West Yorkshire, along with supporting the stadium’s main partner, Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd and its development programme of HD1.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us all and I look forward to working with our partners to build for our mutual benefit for years to come,” Simpson said.
The John Smith’s Stadium boasts 42 executive hospitality boxes and suites able to cater for up to 400.
Sodexo posted 18bn euros in consolidated revenues in August 2014 and is the 18th largest employer worldwide, with sites in 80 countries and 75m customers served daily.
Over at Emirates Old Trafford, meanwhile, Lancashire County Cricket Club’s search for a new sales and marketing director has culminated in the appointment of Justin Hopwood, who joins from the commercial ticketing company – the Mike Burton Group.
Hopwood will be responsible for the revenue generation and marketing strategy across all parts of the business, including all hospitality and venue sales, as well as the new Hilton Garden Inn at Emirates Old Trafford hotel that opens in 2017.
Prior to the Mike Burton Group, Hopwood held senior roles at Premiership rugby clubs, Gloucester Rugby and Bristol Rugby.
Hopwood will take up his post at the LCCC in February 2016.