Kate Nicholl Joins Stadium Experience Leadership Team
Stadium Experience has added new recruit to its Leadership Team, welcoming Kate Nicholl from Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events. Kate is the Central Sales Hub Manager supporting all Sodexo Sports and Leisure conference and event sites across the UK including Hampden Park, Newcastle United, Emerald Headingley and American Express Stadium Brighton to name a few.
She joins a team of expert industry volunteers who assist with the management of the not-for-profit association, which works with around 50 major football, rugby and cricket clubs across the UK and Ireland. The Leadership Team meets regularly to discuss and guide the strategic direction of the association, which primarily aims to promote the use of stadium venues for conferences, meetings and events, as well as sharing ideas and best practice.
Kate has a vast background working in hospitality from Army camps in Germany, to Casinos in Aberdeen and Nightclubs in York. She joined Sodexo in 2014 as part of the sales hub team. From there she progressed into a regional managers role before being made Head of Sales for Stadia across the UK in 2018. From January this year she stepped back into the Sales Hub managing a team who facilitate every incoming conference and event enquiry for all venues within the portfolio. From a personal point football is in Kates blood with her Dad being a professional player and manager therefore stadiums have been a part of her whole life and like a second home.
She commented: “I’m delighted to be joining this wonderful team of professionals. The Stadium Experience platform is so important to so many of us, especially in the current climate, to ensure we are all supporting each other and sharing great ideas on how we come out of this crisis even stronger than before. Being able to give input from a number of venues for different sports across the UK, I hope to add some valuable contributions to this already excellent team.”
The Stadium Experience Leadership Team is a voluntary group of members who lead the strategic direction of the not-for-profit association. The team currently includes:
Collette Salmon – Sales Manager at Liverpool FC (Chair)
David Timms – Senior Business Development Manager at Chelsea FC (Vice-Chair)
Sue France – (Treasurer)
Nav Daine – Regional Manager (Retail Operations) at Chelsea FC (Public Catering Chair)
Adam Pollington – Commercial Manager – Conference & Events at Tottenham Hotspur FC
Jennifer Barry – Conference & Events Sales Manager at Stoke City FC
Aimee Richardson – Business Development Manager at Saracens Rugby Club
Kate Nicholl – Central Sales Hub Manager for Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events
Debbie Rigney – Marketing & PR Manager for Stadium Experience
Collette Salmon, Chair of Stadium Experience, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Kate into our Leadership Team. She brings a wealth of experience, covering many prestigious venues across the sector. Stadium Experience was founded 18 years ago with the aim of sharing best practice and networking focusing purely on the conference and events side of the stadium business. In these challenging times, it’s great to bring new and experienced faces into our team, to continue driving our association forward and seeking out new opportunities for all of our stadium venues.”