The eastside rooms, a new venue opening in Birmingham in 2020, has appointed David Chrimes as director of operations.
Chrimes represents the first of a number of high-profile appointments arriving at the venue as the business looks to build a senior team of meetings and events specialists.
The venue, which will include an onsite hotel, is being built as part of the Eastside development of the city, which will include HS2 and will be form part of the ‘Knowledge Quarter’.
The Eastside Rooms will feature one of the city’s biggest pillar-free banqueting spaces, with room for 1,200 delegates and more than 2,980sqm of event space.
Chrimes joins the eastside rooms after gaining quality experience at Hilton, De Vere, Park Regis and The Belfry. Over his 20 plus years in the meetings, events and hospitality industry, Chrimes has held a number of positions, starting off as a conference events manager, and then moving through food & beverage manager at Hilton Hotels & Resorts in both Wembley and Manchester.
Chrimes said: “This is such an exciting time for the city, there is so much going on here from a business, cultural, sporting and tourism perspective. The arrival of the eastside rooms could not be better timed to be a part of this momentum.”
Matt Huddart, regional general manager, the eastside rooms, said: “We’re delighted to have someone of David’s calibre on board ahead of the launch. He has so many great ideas on how we can make the eastside rooms a premier venue for event professionals. He’s already getting stuck in and will build a great team to support him and our clients.”
Chrimes concluded: “Everything we’re doing right now revolves around how we can ensure every event has the WOW factor and will make event organisers’ visits stress free and enjoyable. We’re looking to be innovative, and we’re working on distinctive and personalised offerings from food to service, from technology to design. It’s a really exciting time to be part of the business.”