Meet The Team

Chris Norrington
Chris Norrington General Manager

With 20 years working in events & hospitality, Chris brought his vast knowledge and experience to H.G. Wells in 2006. His goals are to keep the venue successful and affordable and believes this is achieved through exceptional customer service, offering value for money providing a 5* product for our clients. 

Paul Hockley
Paul Hockley Events Manager

Paul joined the Events Team in 2006. Originally from Woking Paul has worked up and down the country developing his skills in customer service and team management. Paul is now the Events Manager, having applied the same commitment to hard work, detail and customer satisfaction that were indicative of the previous positions he has held.

Ian Jones
Ian Jones Sales Office Assitant

Ian Jones has been part of the team since february 2015 and brings with him his experience from the hotel world.

Ian's role as a sales assistant means, he is responsible for planning and coordinating all of our in-house events. Ian is also a dab hand when it comes to the mechanics of things and is an expert in all things related to Priava, our booking system. So much so that we have nick named him the Priava Guru!

Gill Laing
Gill Laing Receptionist

Gill has worked as a part-time receptionist at H G Wells Conference & Events centre since 2006. She has a background in Sales & Marketing and also in hospitality.

Eleanor Webb
Eleanor Webb Assistant Events Manager

Eleanor, or Ellie as she is known, is the newest recruit to the H.G. Wells Team. With a wealth of experience in the hotel industry Ellie brings to the team a sound knowledge of food and beverage and also experience at managing multiple events, simultaneously.

Ellie works along side Jimmy in the operations team as an assistant event manager and reports into Paul Hockley.

 

Jimmy Wan
Jimmy Wan Assistant Events Manager

Jimmy’s life in hospitality includes a whole array of 5* hotels and venues in Asia and the UK and we are thrilled to have him as part of events team here at H.G. Wells.  

Jimmy’s experience means that he is our go to colleague on banqueting events and we are always amazed at his cool and calm composure, even when running a dinner for 300 guests. 

Jimmy is an Assistant Event Manager working alongside Ellie, reporting into Paul Hockley.

 

Joe Palmer
Joe Palmer Events Assistant

Joe has worked at H.G. Wells for some time as a regular agency team member. We thought it high time he joined the team in it’s full capacity and we are delighted to welcome him this year as our full time events assistant.

Joe's main responsibility is setting up the event rooms ahead of the events but he can also be found on event days working behind the bar or assisting with setting out lunch.

Michelle Chilcott
Michelle Chilcott Sales Manager

Michelle joins us with a wealth of knowledge in both events and sales. Having worked for numerous hotel groups and stand alone venues Michelle passion and enthusiasm for events knows no bounds!

Michelle’s role here at H.G. Wells is finding new business for the centre and account managing all of our wonderful clients! In addition to this Michelle also looks after and delivers all aspects of the marketing and manages the sales team.

Outside of work Michelle is a keen netballer and umpire.

Bianca Frazao da Silva Ramos
Bianca Frazao da Silva Ramos Receptionist

Bianca has worked as a part-time receptionist at H G Wells Conference & Events centre since September of 2017. Originally from Brazil, she has a background in Customer Services and she brought to our team the warm welcome from her country to our clients and guests.

Catherine Allan
Catherine Allan Administrator

Catherine, or Cat as she is known, is the Administrator at H.G. Wells. Cat looks after all things finance related as well being a key holder to the centre. 

Cat previously worked in a similar role at Queen Marys University in London. Cats role at Queen Marys included all administrator duties for the medical students. Fingers crossed the H.G. Wells team are as well behaved as the trainee doctors!

Chris Norrington

Chris Norrington

General Manager
Paul Hockley

Paul Hockley

Events Manager
Ian Jones

Ian Jones

Sales Office Assitant
Gill Laing

Gill Laing

Receptionist
Eleanor Webb

Eleanor Webb

Assistant Events Manager
Jimmy Wan

Jimmy Wan

Assistant Events Manager
Joe Palmer

Joe Palmer

Events Assistant
Michelle Chilcott

Michelle Chilcott

Sales Manager
Bianca Frazao da Silva Ramos

Bianca Frazao da Silva Ramos

Receptionist
Catherine Allan

Catherine Allan

Administrator