Hotel and venue collection De Vere has announced the appointment of Hayley Chilver to the newly created role of operations director for its portfolio of London properties.
Chilver, who joins the company with more than 20 years’ experience in the meetings and events sector, will head up operations for venues and hotels such as De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, De Vere Holborn Bars, De Vere Canary Wharf, De Vere West One and De Vere Devonport House.
She has previously held operations and general management roles at Crowne Plaza, Marriott and Moat House Hotels.
The company’s London properties now feature De Vere’s Smart Space meeting and events service, which includes tech support, up to 1GB super-fast Wireless free internet access, interactive displays and a dedicated conference host.
Commenting on Chilver’s appointment, Laurie Nicol, the group’s COO, said: “With Hayley’s breadth of experience in both the hotel and meetings and events industries, and her excellent ability to motivate and lead teams, we’re delighted to welcome her to the De Vere family.
“Hayley’s first priority will be working with the team to reposition our non-residential properties under a new meetings and events service for our London properties called ‘One Space’, which will be launching in the coming months. One Space will allow our customers to differentiate our day meeting properties from our residential properties. I have no doubt that Hayley is perfectly positioned to successfully deliver this exciting update to our initiative.”
Chilver added: “I am thrilled to take the next step in my career with De Vere. I’m looking forward to working with the fantastic teams at all of the London properties, to ensure delegates have the best possible experience.”