Our Team

Our Team

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Our sixty plus-strong team are skilled and experienced in providing the best in hospitality to all our guests. It’s hard to list everyone, but it’s fair to say that every member of the team will contribute to making your event a success in some way or another.

Here’s a list of our Department leaders and staff that you are most likely to encounter along the

MD of Group

Nicola Firth

Group Managing Director

Having worked for Hothorpe Venues for almost 25 years, Nicola now oversees the holding group, while still having an active input into the strategy of Hothorpe.

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Ross Dunning

Managing Director

Has the vision, mission and values that is Hothorpe Venues. Leads on strategy and undertakes many important jobs, which are often unseen, to ensure the smooth running of the business.


Chris Firth

Finance Director

Chris’ ultimate responsibility is maintaining the budget and providing accurate financial forecasts for the board, as well as giving financial guidance to Hothorpe's teams.


Siân Kalidoski

Head of Marketing

Makes things look pretty while managing the marketing team’s on and offline activity. Also assists with the business growth strategy.


Jane Candlish

Head of Sales

Heads up the sales and planning teams for all events across both of our venues, as well as assisting in business strategy.

Wedding Manager

Stephanie Wheeler

Wedding Manager

Stephanie works with couples from initial show round, to planning, to the wedding day, to ensure each bride and groom enjoys their most perfect day.

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Laura Horton

Sales Co-ordinator

Responds to enquiries and bookings as part of the sales team (and may send a friendly reminder to ask you for a decision on your booking!)


Jenny Allsopp

Sales Co-ordinator

Likely to be your cheery first point of contact when enquiring about a meeting, residential or function.


Rachel Hayto

Event Planner

A super whizz at ensuring everything at Hothorpe Venues is planned as per your request.


Aimee Buijs-Clark

Wedding Co-ordinator

Aimee's enthusiasm for your big day will shine through from the start! She'll take your dreams and let you know how we can make them reality.


Lisa Jones

Wedding Co-ordinator

From enquiry through to the big day, Lisa is meticulous in ensuring all the little bits - from stationery to the position of the dance floor - that make a couple’s day perfect are complete.


Bethan McCall

Wedding Co-ordinator

Excellent at helping you visualise how our venues could look fabulous on your wedding day.

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Kim Bale

Accounts Assistant

Liaises with customers on deposits when due, as well as issues final invoices, post-event. Kim is also responsible for ensuring our suppliers are paid each month, on time.

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Andrea Smith

Accounts Assistant

Andrea is responsible for ensuring invoices are processed and suppliers are paid.

Housekeeping Manager

Jasmin Luechinger

Housekeeping Manager

Jasmin ensures - through the management of the housekeeping team - that both venues are clean, tidy and ready for guests, across Hothorpe Hall and The Woodlands' 78 bedrooms and all communal areas.

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Emily McDonald

Operations Manager

Oversees the Housekeeping and Front of House Reception teams, ensuring a smooth operation all-round.

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Marcus Chilvers

Food and Beverage Manager

Will ultimately make sure you’re fed and watered on time, in the right place and best of all, it looks good and is super tasty!

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Stefan Kear

Head Chef

Has top-notch cooking skills! Leads the team of resident chefs to ensure a superb menu is served every time.

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