The Dine Team

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The Dine Team

Daniel Gill - Founder

Daniel began his training at Leith’s Events and Parties as an Event Manager. In 1995 he moved to Mustard Catering as PA to the Managing Director, catering for clients including FTSE 100 companies, Downing Street and the Queen. Daniel founded Dine in 1998 to provide a bespoke events and catering service.

Dan spends his time working with the team developing menus and ideas, as well as running events. Outside work, he can usually be found 'researching' new menus and wine or enjoying the outdoors with Helen and the boys.

Matt Jones - Managing Director

Matt has been a member of the Dine team in one guise or another since 2001. A graduate of Leeds University, Matt originally trained as a teacher before deciding to turn his part-time role at Dine into a career.

As well as managing our  business development, sales and marketing functions across the Dine Group, Matt also runs a number of our high profile corporate & private events and marquee weddings (mainly because he is really good at it!). When not at work, Matt can be found playing with his new daughter, making furniture or snowboarding.

Mark Dawson - Executive Head Chef

A hugely experienced Event Chef, Mark started his career with the RAF before moving into hotels and joining Dine in 2009 ready for the launch of The Mansion. 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. Outside of work, Mark can be found spending quality time with his children.

Bruce Salt - Financial Director

Our financial director Bruce is both a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor. Having run his own catering business for 15 years, Bruce knows a thing or two about the industry.

With a particular love for cricket, outside of work you can find him glued to anything sports related or cooking up concoctions in the kitchen.

Jason Croll

Jason Croll - Head Chef

Jason joined the Dine team 16 years ago and is now based at The Mansion overseeing all Dine Events.  A hugely experienced Chef, he ran the kitchen at Allerton Castle for many years before moving to Dine events.  He loves the variety of events with Dine, from beautiful Weddings at Sefton Park Palm House to sending out Dine Delivered orders, every day is different!

Outside of work Jason spends time with his children and loves (watching) cycling, motor sports and darts.

Craig Squelch - Head of Events

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!

Harriet Ashton - Senior Event Manager

Harriet has a background in hotels and was keen to take the leap into the world of events in 2015 when she started with Dine.  Since then Harriet has been promoted to Senior Events Manager has has a huge collection of thank you letters to her name!

When not working, Harriet enjoys the great outdoors, walking, finding the best places to eat (she’s a foodie too of course) and going to festivals.

Liam Cheeseman, Event Manager

Liam Cheeseman - Event Manager

With 16 years of hospitality experience in the hotel, food, beverage and events industry, Liam is a hugely experienced member of the team.  He's won multiple service awards in his career, and joined the Dine Team in 2018.  He loves the diversity of events at Dine compared to hotels, and his more laid back approach complements the rest of the team perfectly.

Liam spends much of his spare time eating out and is currently planning his own wedding.

Jenny Atkinson - Event Manager

Looking after most of our events at Sefton Park Palm House, Jenny has worked for Dine for a few years (with a break for a couple of ski-seasons!).  She works across the group, but the tropical backdrop of the Palm House is one of her favourite venues.

In her spare time, you can usually find Jenny on her family farm or planning her next escape to the Alps!

Ben Askham, Sales Manager

Ben Askham - Sales Manager

With a strong background in Sales & Events, Ben has great knowledge within this industry. He heads up all sales activity for Dine Delivered. Ben deals with a mix of private and corporate events helping them secure the correct menus and requirements for each specific event.

When not at work Ben loves travelling & exploring new places.  He's also a driving force behind improving company recycling policies and helping the company becoming more eco-friendly.

Nick Gardner, Sales Manager

Nick Gardner - Sales Manager

Nick joined the Dine Team in 2017, and looks after corporate, wedding and private enquiries for Howsham Hall, Rise Hall and The Mansion.  Having moved to Leeds from Buckinghamshire where he sold luxury events at Hedsor House, Nick has a keen eye for detail!  He's renowned for always looking immaculate and wearing extraordinary socks..

In his spare time, Nick can be found in his workshop at home creating furniture!

Emily Mills - Sales Manager

Looking after The Mansion and Rise Hall, Emily works with clients from their initial enquiry stage. She is an expert in helping couples plan their dream weddings and looks after corporate events also.

In her spare time Emily loves going to see live performances such as musical theatre and stand-up comedy.

Marie Claire Power - PR & Marketing Manager

Marie-Claire joined the Dine team in 2016 with a wealth of experience in e-commerce marketing, and perfectly timed to help with the launch of Dine Delivered.   Working alongside Jenny & Sophie, together they co-ordinate all aspects of the group marketing.
On her days off Marie-Claire is busy with her gorgeous girls and husband, either on long walks with the dog, cooking & eating (did we mention we all love food?!).

Jenny Mason - Marketing Executive

Jenny has been with Dine since the beginning of 2006 in a variety of guises; starting as a Trainee Events Manager, progressing to Events Manager and then taking a side step into a role in Marketing. Working part time alongside Marie-Claire, together they manage all aspects of marketing the group.

When not at work Jenny can be found engrossed in house renovations or ferrying her children to after school clubs.

Sophie Dent - Marketing Manager

With a background in digital and campaign management, Sophie is our very own social media whizz. Working alongside Marie-Claire and Jenny they make up the marketing team where together they shout about the great things Dine does.

When not at work, you can find Sophie glued to her DJ decks or watching Louis Theroux documentaries.

Natalie Richardson - Operations & Customer Service Manager

Natalie joined Dine in 2015 and is a treasured asset to the team. Starting her career in events just over 16 years ago, Natalie has a wealth of experience within the hospitality sector and is well loved by all of her clients. Natalie now manages operations for Dine Delivered, and oversees the day to day running of Howsham Hall.

In her spare time, you'll find her walking her new puppy Hugo around the beautiful grounds of Howsham Hall!

Sam Curtis - Admin & Marketing Assistant

Sam has worked part time at Dine since 2006 offering essential support for the Events Team and Office.  Her role encompasses so many aspects, and everyone at Dine agrees we'd be lost without her!

Outside of work Sam spends time with her lovely family and can usually be found dining out in one of Ilkley's many restaurants.

Helen Gill - Director, Dine Delivered

Helen is Dan's wife, and Director of Dine Delivered.  She looks after much of the marketing and logistics of Dine Delivered, as well as managing various renovation projects at Rise Hall.

When she can escape from work Helen spends her time with her boys, their cats and taking inspiration from more home magazines!