BCEC confirms new venue team

The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre (BCEC) has confirmed its new venue team.

Craig Bennett joins as venue manager alongside Mark Begley as venue operations manager and Adena Mignott as venue host.

Bennett, leading the team as venue manager, joins the venue from QHotels’ Stratford Hotel where he held the position of operations manager. Prior to this he worked at Sofitel London Heathrow T5 meeting and events operations manager during which he gained significant experience in the management and delivery of large scale meetings, events and conferences.

Begley began his career at the Hilton Birmingham Bromsgrove and took his first managerial position as conference and banqueting manager at Holiday Inn Birmingham Bromsgrove in 2008. He then moved to the Copthorne Merry Hill as meetings and events operations manager, before becoming deputy general manager at Jurys Inn, Cheltenham.

Mignott will act as the delegate’s first port of call when visiting the venue to ensure the team deliver a seamless event experience. Mignott has moved to the venue from her role as commercial events assistant and acting coordinator at Birmingham City Council where she has worked for the last two years.

Vincent Garrington, BCEC’s general manager, said: “I am thrilled that we have been able to bring together such a fantastic team with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the industry, each bringing their own skill set to the venue.  Craig has the much needed large scale event experience required to manage BCEC’s 2,000sqm dedicated venue space, while Mark joins with vast experience within the food and beverage industry, particularly banqueting, which is a key element to our offering.  Adena brings a real enthusiasm and passion to the team and expert knowledge of the local events market, which is essential.

He added: “From inception, building a dedicated venue service team was a key part of our strategy at BCEC and I am delighted to have a specialist team now on board to deliver exceptional service that matches our first class facilities, whilst building long lasting relationships with our clients.”

Situated just a minutes’ walk from the John Lewis Southside exit of Birmingham New Street mainline station, BCEC is one of the best connected venues in the Midlands and just 90 minutes from London.

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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