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The Dine Team

Meet some of the people behind Dine..

Executive Head Chef - Mark Dawson

A hugely experienced Event Chef, Mark started his career with the RAF before moving into hotels.

His logistical expertise allow us to deliver a high quality food service in some "challenging" environments as well as venues such as The Mansion. Mark oversees our entire catering operation as well as working closely with our MD on menu development and food innovation.

Financial Controller - Teresa Copplestone

Teresa is one of our longest serving members of staff. She trained in Cheltenham, obtaining an HND in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management, before deciding to take Financial Management as her career going forward.

Teresa worked for Thistle and Trusthouse Forte Hotels as Hotel Accountant and then Hotel Controller, covering many Hotels in the Leeds and York area. She joined Dine in 1999 and has seen the business successfully grow and develop over the past 16 years. Outside work Teresa enjoys family time and is a great fan of American TV series and watching her sons play cricket.

Commercial Director - Matt Jones

Matt has been a member of the Dine team in one guise or another for over 10 years. A graduate of Leeds University, Matt originally trained as a teacher before deciding to turn his part-time role at Dine into a career.

A brief spell away from the business helped improve his commercial experience and he now looks after the business development, sales and marketing functions across the Dine Group. Occasionally we persuade him to put his Event Manager hat back on again too! When not at work Matt can be found playing football, reading or snowboarding.

Senior Events & Venue Manager - Craig Squelch

Craig trained at Blackpool College gaining an OND and HND in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management. After over 20 years in the hotel trade, from trainee manager to General Manager and working all over the country from Guernsey to Yorkshire, Craig has broken away from the hotel industry for a new challenge at Dine Events.

Joining the team in June 2010 as an Event Manager, Craig has a great eye for detail, a passion for events and is very much enjoying the variety that each week at Dine brings. Outside of work, you’re most likely to find Craig in one of Yorkshire’s finest Restaurants, wine merchants or pottering in his garden!