Conference Aston appoints new general manager

Conference Aston in Birmingham has appointed Mark Ellison as general manager

Ellison joins the venue from Fleet Street Kitchen, on the edge of the city’s Jewellery Quarter, where he was restaurant and bar manager.

Ellison will be responsible for the team of 12 chefs and the team of front of house managers who help to deliver breakfast, lunch and dinner for up to 700 conference delegates and external guests. He will also oversee housekeeping.

Ellison says: “I’ve really missed the diversity of running large-scale operations because no two days are ever the same and you are constantly challenging yourself and the team, so I’ll be relishing the opportunities here.

“Conference Aston rightly has a reputation as one of the leading independent conference venues in the city and it is innovating and growing all the time. Because we are incredibly fortunate to have Wilson Vale as our catering and housekeeping partners here, and I’m looking forward to working with them to take our food and beverage offering to the next level. They are real foodie people, which is rare in contract catering.

“I’ll also be focusing in the short term on making sure each department is supported with equal importance. It’s essential that service delivery in all areas of the venue are of the same high standard, which means giving each the same amount of care and attention.”

Samantha Brown, head of Conference Aston, says: “Mark’s impressive CV and his strong experience in hospitality and events is perfect for Conference Aston and we’re delighted that he’s joined us.

“It is clear that Mark really understands the importance of driving innovation and the need for excellent customer service, so his experience across these fields will ensure that we are able to continue achieving and exceeding the expectations of our guests and conference delegates.”

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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