Caterer and event management company Dine has promoted Matt Jones to managing director from his previous role of commercial director.
He will be taking over from founder Dan Gill, who will continue to play a key role in the strategic direction of the business and developing the company's consultancy service.
Jones joined Dine as a sandwich delivery driver in 2001, before becoming part of the events team and working his way up to commercial director in 2009.
Following a successful start to the year and a number of new business wins, the Leeds-based firm has also appointed an additional five team members.
It has created a business development manager role and an events and venue manager position to help increase the firm's venue portfolio and drive growth.
Irene Zdziebko joins Dine as business development manager. She has 18 years' experience in sales at venues, hotels and exhibition centres across Yorkshire. Most recently she was business development consultant for Looking Local, a digital company owned by Kirklees Council.
Meanwhile Sophie Jackson, a former wedding planner and founder of Wedding with Ease UK, has been appointed to the new role of events and venue manager.
In addition, Lewis Simms joins the Dine team as event manager working across its full venue portfolio. He previously worked at Burntwood Court hotel in Barnsley and as a supervisor for the De Vere Group.
Marie-Claire Power has been appointed PR & marketing manager. With eight years' experience in e-commerce and marketing, she will support Dine's venues to drive business and manage marketing activity for the wider Dine group.
Neil Mallory has been appointed head chef at Dine's flagship venue, the Mansion in Leeds' Roundhay Park. He joins Dine from Jamie's Italian and has worked as a professional chef for almost 20 years, following his training at Thomas Danby College.
Dan Gill, founder of Dine, said: "Matt's appointment as managing director is highly deserved and comes at a busy and exciting time for Dine, following a series of new venue contracts and increasing demand for our specialist sales and consultancy services.
"Our talented new staff appointments will bring a fresh boost of enthusiasm to our team, ready for an eventful year ahead."
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