Sodexo Prestige, the food and event management service provider at Newcastle United Football Club, has announced the signing of a new catering service director and sales director to join the catering team at the club.
Colin Perkins has been appointed as catering service director following his previous role with Sodexo's Scottish division, Prestige Scotland. His most recent role was managing the concert season at Hampden Park Stadium, Glasgow.
The £38m deal with the Newcastle football club, won by Sodexo Prestige in November 2008, sees the caterer provide public catering for up to 52,000 fans on match days and run one of the largest conference and banqueting facilities in the North-East.
In addition to his responsibilities at NUFC, Perkins will also assume the role of catering service director at the Great North Museum, Hancock in Newcastle. Sodexo was awarded the three-year contract worth £3m to provide conference, banqueting and visitor catering services in May last year.
Shireen Rowley has been appointed to the position of sales director, following over 20 years' experience in the hospitality industry. Before joining Sodexo Rowley was regional sales manager for Barceló hotels and prior to this she was sales and marketing manager for Linden Hall Golf and Country Club.
Chris John, managing director at Sodexo Prestige, said: "Both Colin and Shireen bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge of the industry. I would like to welcome them to the NUFC team and wish them every success in their new roles."
By Janie Stamford
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