EEF Venues has appointed John Turpin as venue manager at Woodland Grange, the group’s flagship residential meeting and conference centre in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
John has worked for EEF Venues at Woodland Grange since 2002, starting in a facilities management role and going on to become operations manager in 2007. In 2009 he was promoted to venues team leader and went on to become group operations manager, during which time he supported EEF Venue’s three venues: Woodland Grange, Engineers’ House in Bristol and Broadway House in Westminster.
In 2013 he managed a £1 million capital investment refurbishment of all three venues, as well as supporting the venues with their successful applications for AIM Gold accreditation and BDRC Gold standard ratings. In 2015 he was made business support & development manager for the group.
Now managing Woodland Grange, his focus is on building on the success of this award-winning venue which was awarded gold in the Business Tourism category of the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in 2015.
A key part of his role is talent development to ensure that EEF Venues consistently high performance standards continue to drive the business from within. He will continue to oversee other aspects of the broader EEF Venues’ portfolio such as the creation and adaptation of business systems and processes through to marketing.
David Vaughton, managing director of EEF Venues, said: “After almost fifteen years’ of service to the brands of both Woodland Grange and EEF Venues, John’s appointment is a result of determination and passion to succeed, coupled with a desire to grow as a manager and leader.”
John Turpin said: “This is an exciting opportunity to build on the success of Woodland Grange to date. Having insight into the challenges of all three venues from my previous roles is a tremendous advantage. With a passionate team around me - and all of the benefits of EEF Venues’ resources behind me - I am confident that Woodland Grange will go from strength to strength.”