MEET THE 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.

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Matt Jones

General Manager

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 overseeing the day to team management across the Dine Group, Matt also runs a number of our high profile corporate, private events and marquee weddings. When not at work, Matt enjoys spending valuable time at home with his two children and the occasional snowboarding trip.

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.

Helen Gill | Dine Venues | Rise Hall Owner

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!

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Ben Richardson

Head Chef, Howsham Hall

Ben is our Head Chef at Howsham Hall, catering for most of the events there and within Dine.  He’s also pretty handy so looks after Howsham Hall and the grounds when not busy in the kitchen!

Outside of work Ben loves spending time with his boys.  He and Natalie also love getting away for weekend breaks, generally city based and usually including some great food.

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Jake Myers

Garden Room Restaurant Manager

Jake joined the team in 2017 and runs the busy Garden Room Cafe Restaurant at The Mansion.  With a strong background in hotels & catering, he enjoys the daily bustle of the Garden Room but does enjoy working an odd event or two when he can for a change!

Outside of work Jake loves good restaurants too – and a great cheese board.

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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!

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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 in the gym 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!

Kim Myers

Event Manager

Kim joined the team in early 2020, heading up the events team at Rise Hall.  With a background in restaurants & hotels, she was General Manager for 10 years before wanting a change and coming to Dine.  She enjoys the variety of events and when not at Rise can often be found helping out at Sefton Park Palm House.

Outside work Kim loves travelling, eating out and walking her dog.

Nicholas 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.

Natalie Richardson

Operations & Customer Services 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 with her husband Ben, and their beautiful fluffy cats at Howsham Hall!

Dine Team | Kieran Grieves | Sales & Marketing Manager

Kieran Grieves

Sales & Marketing Manager

Kieran joined the team in Spring 2021 after relocating from Oxford.  With a background in hospitality & event sales, he’s relishing the diverse range of daily tasks that his role at Dine encompasses! Outside of work, Kieran and his wife also married this Summer and he is currently operating on minimal sleep after the arrival of baby twins last year.

Rebecca Barker

Business Development Manager

Rebecca joined Dine in 2021 with a wealth of wedding experience, having previously run a successful wedding venue with her family.  Responsible for sales & marketing predominantly at Rise Hall, she is loving the diversity of the events and venues at Dine.  With her extensive network of contacts, genuine passion for all things weddings, events & interiors, Rebecca is a huge asset to the team!

Outside of work, Rebecca has a young family and loves to escape with her husband for great dinner out whenever possible.

Samantha Curtis

Admin & Marketing Assistant (Extraordinaire)

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.

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