Chris Gothard, previously head of sales and marketing at Alexandra Palace, has joined The Hop Farm Country Park in Kent as CEO. Charged with bringing "exhibitions":http://www.venues.org.uk/searches/exhibition_venues.asp and large music and festival "events":http://www.venues.org.uk/searches/event_venues.asp Gothard will also be overseeing the site’s major redevelopment that is scheduled to take place in 2007/08. He has had over 20 years in the industry with famous names such as Earls Court and Olympia as well as Alexandra Palace.
“I’m delighted to be joining The Hop Farm team at this exciting time,” he says. “It is a very different type of venue to Alexandra Palace or Earls Court so I have a lot of listening to do. It’s great to be to be working at one of the country’s largest and most up and coming venues, the future will be exciting and challenging and I am thrilled to be involved in taking this beautiful venue to new heights”