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Meet our Events Team

Michelle Ashton-Wort

Michelle

Michelle Ashton-Wort

  • Director of Sales
  • mashton-wort@rchmail.com

I joined Red Carnation Hotels in 2007 as a Sales Executive at the Montague on the Gardens Hotel. I had previously worked in Events in London for 18 months and prior to this I worked in Christchurch, New Zealand in Food & Beverage and Events. During my five years at The Montague I became Director of Sales for corporate business, where I was responsible for the Conference & Events teams. Now, as Director of Sales, Meetings and Events for the Red Carnation Hotels collection, I am combining my experience in both Sales and Events. The thing I most enjoy about working for Red Carnation is the people I work with and the fact top quality service and our guests experiences are of the utmost importance to all our teams.

T: +44 (0)7974 015 460

Samantha Langaas

Samantha

Samantha Langaas

  • Chesterfield Mayfair - Conference and Banqueting
  • meetch@rchmail.com

Chasing adventure and looking for a challenge I came to London from South Africa in 2012. I found this adventure at The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel where I spent two years with the Reservations team before moving up to Conference and Banqueting.  Red Carnation is a family-run organisation and this shines through in the way we conduct ourselves and relate to our guests and clients. Without a doubt, our service standards are what set us apart and my aim is to listen carefully and provide exemplary support to make sure that my clients’ expectations are exceeded at all times.  I enjoy putting in that ‘little bit extra’ to secure a successful event.

T: +44 (0)20 7514 5604

Krisite Coombes

Krisite Coombes

Krisite Coombes

  • Conference and Banqueting Co-ordinator- The Montague on the Gardens
  • kcoombes@rchmail.com

Originally from Harare, Zimbabwe where I spent several years as a primary school teacher, I moved to the UK in 2016 where I joined Red Carnation Hotels, at The Chesterfield as a waitress. I felt that it was the right time to have a career change, to the hospitably industry as I am a very ‘people person’. Shortly after my time in this position, I proved myself to be approachable, confident and able to deliver excellent customer service. In return, I was promoted to restaurant hostess where I was able to deliver my skills.

My experience at The Chesterfield made me realise that I was passionate about the events and wanted to broaden my knowledge in this area. In June 2017, I was given the opportunity to join the Conference and Banqueting team at The Montague on the Gardens Hotel where I am extremely happy. The diversity of the role and challenges it presents, makes me eager for more.

T: +44 (0)207 6128 448

Hilario Pinto

Hilario Pinto

Hilario Pinto

  • Duke of Richmond - Conference and Banqueting Manager
  • hpinto@dukeofrichmond.com

During my 12 years at The Duke of Richmond Hotel I have had the opportunity to progress my career and to constantly develop my knowledge and skills. The Duke of Richmond Hotel is a great and friendly place to work which is why I have always been so happy to stay. I have worked in several positions including Hall Porter, Receptionist,  Reservations Co-ordinator, before being promoted to Conference and Banqueting Manager 7 years ago. I enjoy working closely with our clients and ensuring that their every need is met when organising a meeting or function with us.

T: +44 (0) 1481 740 860


Claire Moran

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Claire Moran

  • Wedding and Marketing Coordinator
  • claire@thelodgeac.com

I joined the Ashford team in 2012 where I began my career in hospitality with the reception team. Following my goal to one day work in the wedding department. I returned to college and completed a degree in Event Management and Public Relations. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to work as a Wedding and Marketing Coordinator in such a wonderful property. The Red Carnation Hotel Group are such a fantastic company to work for with amply opportunity’s for progression available to all staff members.

Greg Palmer

Greg Palmer

Greg Palmer

  • Chesterfield Palm Beach - Director of Catering
  • chesterfieldFB@aol.com

I worked for the Crowne Plaza in West Palm Beach for 11 years, where I started as a server and eventually became Director of Food & Beverage.  I was next employed at Trump International Golf Course and had occasion to stay as a guest at The Chesterfield Palm Beach. I was so impressed with the intimate size, personal touches, and attention to detail I experienced as a guest that I accepted a position here in April 2005. I have been serving as Director of Catering since October 2006 and challenge myself and our team to anticipate our guests’ needs and give the attention to detail that has become the hallmark of Red Carnation Hotels.

T: +1 (561) 659-5800, ext. 105

Jennifer Munstermann

Jennifer Munstermann, Conference & Events Manager at The Oyster Box

Jennifer Munstermann

  • The Oyster Box - Senior Banqueting Co-ordinator
  • jmunstermann@oysterbox.co.za

I have spent the last 7 years honing my skills as a banqueting co-ordinator, some of which were spent on cruise ships including the Queen Mary 2. I have also spent a some time in hospitality recruitment, which has deepened my understanding of the industry at every level.

Most recently I was events & operations manager at Suncoast Events, before joining The Oyster Box as their senior banqueting co-ordinator. My previous experiences have helped me refine my ability to provide the most memorable occasions for our guests.

T: +27 31 514 5014

Valentine Silvain

Valentine Silvain

Valentine Silvain

  • Hotel d'Angleterre - Conferences & Banqueting Manager
  • vsilvain@rchmail.com

Hotel d'Angleterre is the perfect place to organise a lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, brunch, conference meeting or cocktail in our intimate and cosy private rooms. Having worked in the UK and France, I have gained great knowledge in event organisation. I would love to make your family dinner or business event a memorable moment that will amaze your guests. I am here at your disposal to meet your needs and wishes.

T: +41 (0) 22 906 55 32


Alex Tollman

Alex Tollman

Alex Tollman

  • Director of Sales
  • alexandratollman@rchmail.com

Having started my career as a waitress at Red Carnation's bbar at the age of 18, I then went on to complete my BA in Art History from the University of Bristol. I re-joined Red Carnation Hotels as a Sales Executive at the Chesterfield Mayfair where I remained for the next 3.5 years after which I then became National Accounts Manager for M&E. Three years later I was promoted to Director of Sales for the Americas focusing on the Midwest and Canada in luxury sales. I now spend my time supporting all of our magnificent 17 properties world-wide in various ways always looking out for our clients best interests. In my spare time, I am patron of the TG Foundation, I enjoy the country side and taking in the latest art show.

Tel: +44 (0)7715 996 283/ +1 (561) 714 6093

Aleksandra Nowak

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Aleksandra Nowak

  • Conference and Banqueting Co-Ordinator - The Montague on the Gardens
  • meetmt@rchmail.com

My passion for the hospitality industry started as a child, as I was brought up in a family business of restaurants in my home town of Wroclaw, Poland. Having experienced such a diverse range of clientele and experiences, it made me realise my true potential in this vocation. On completion of a Master’s Degree in Hospitality and Business Management, I took the big step and decided to start a career in London. I have always loved big cities and knowing that London is a city of opportunities, this is where I was meant to be. At the beginning of my London career, I have been lucky enough to work in prestigious venues, including The Goring Hotel.

Since moving to Red Carnation Hotels in 2014, I worked at The Chesterfield Hotel as Food and Beverage Supervisor where I was responsible for a large team, in a fast paced environment. The opportunities I was given and skills I learned helped me succeed. I am now at The Montague on the Gardens Hotel in the Conference and Events team. Using my experience, I know I have a lot to offer the industry, in particular attention to detail and to provide memorable experiences.

T: +44 (0) 207 6128411

Aine Melvin

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Aine Melvin

  • Ashford Castle - Conference and Banqueting Coordinator
  • banquetingash@ashfordcastle.com

Growing up in the West of Ireland and loving conversations with visiting Tourists gave me a passion for the hospitality industry. I began working in hotels all the way through college, and felt privileged to be offered the Trainee Management Programme in Ashford Castle in 2007. Having successfully completed the programme I worked in the Castle for 4 years, before heading to Australia for a year. My commitment to Ashford must have been recognised, because on return, I was welcomed back to the position of Sales and Banqueting Co-Ordinator, a position I love, because part of my role is to assist Brides and Grooms in creating THE most special day of their lives!

T: +353 (0) 94 9546003


Laure Pages

Laure Pages

Laure Pages

  • Summer Lodge - Events Co-ordinator
  • lpages@rchmail.com

I have been working in the hospitality industry since a very young age in my parents' hotel in France and this is where my passion for this industry started. I feel very lucky to have joined the Summer Lodge team in August 2004 after spending seven years working in various roles in England and Scotland (Winchester, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Stamford in Lincolnshire and Edinburgh). Coming in to work with this wonderful team and amazing location in the most beautiful property is always a daily joy! I look after events and banqueting for as few as nine people. No matter what your requests are we will treat them individually and professionally with the expertise of our team here. Our motto is "No request is too large, no detail too small" and this is exactly what we are about. We look forward to welcoming you to our Dorset oasis very soon.

T: +44 (0) 1935 482 036

Karen Maloney

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Karen Maloney

  • Wedding Coordinator
  • karen@thelodgeac.com

I recently joined The Lodge at Ashford Castle and I am delighted to be part of this fantastic team - as well as the Red Carnation Hotel Group. I have a wealth of event planning experience having previously worked in the charity sector as Fundraising Events Manager. I am excited to work with our future Bride’s and Groom’s to help them create the most special day of their lives!

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Samantha Downton

Holly Gwyn-Griffiths

  • Old Government House - Events Sales Manager
  • meetingsandevents@theoghhotel.com

After finishing university with a degree in Hospitality Management I joined Red Carnation on its Management Programme in 2014. After working in various hotel departments in our Guernsey and London hotels I took on the role of Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at The OGH in late 2016. I then had the fantastic opportunity to take on this role, with my operations experience ensuring I can offer our clients the excellent delivery of service from the booking stage to the event itself. Being part the OGH team I am able to engage with our guests and ensure we meet every guest’s expectations every time. My team and I look forward to welcoming you to and making sure that all of your event and function needs are met.

T: +44 (0) 1481 738 504

Zanette Goosen

Zanette Goosen, Groups Reservationist at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Zanette Goosen

  • Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa - Groups Reservations
  • groups@12apostles.co.za

I started at what is now 12A in August 1998 during my 15 years I have worked in various departments within the Hotel including Reception, Food and Beverage and housekeeping, but have found my passion to be in groups and incentives!

T:+ 27 (0)21 437 9028