Stadium Experience has announced two new faces will be stepping up to lead the organisation; Collette Salmon, Conference & Events Sales Manager, at Liverpool Football Club has become Chair, and David Timms, Business Development Manager, at Chelsea Football Club will become Vice Chair. The voluntary roles were nominated and elected by members to represent and become the voice of the organisation, which now includes over 45 football and rugby stadia venues across the UK.
Established in 2002, Stadium Experience is a not-for-profit joint marketing collaboration promoting facilities as a consortium, and raising the profile of stadia as venues for conferences and events, in addition to sporting fixtures. Revolutionary when it was founded 11 years ago, Stadium Experience provides members with support and assistance in showcasing their unique venues. The organisation also celebrates and recognises the ever-improving standards of the industry at its annual Stadium Event & Hospitality Awards.
Collette Salmon brings a wealth of knowledge and over 20 years of events and hospitality experience in both hotels and stadia venues. She has worked as the Conference & Events Sales Manager at Liverpool FC for four years, and also previously worked at Wigan Athletic FC as Sales & Marketing Director.
As the new Chair of Stadium Experience I want encourage even more engagement and interaction with all our members. I particularly want to help with sharing best-practice and fresh ideas to show that we are not alone in the challenging situations we all face on a daily basis. I want to make the right decisions on behalf of the group and help to continue with the good work that has brought us to where we are today and progress to the next level with our unity and shared aims.
David Timms has been involved in the sport, hospitality and events industries for 7 years. Previously as Client Relations Manager and Football League Account Manager at Mango Event Management, and currently as Business Development Manager: Matchday at Chelsea FC.
As Vice Chair, I look forward to furthering my involvement and working alongside the current leadership team, supporting decisions and assisting in shaping the future direction of the organisation. I really look forward to driving forward the sharing of best-practice with members to ensure each receives support and guidance where needed in order to continue building success across the industry. I look forward to working with all of the members to ensure they maximise opportunities and benefit from the key ideas and facts shared at Stadium Experience networking events.