Grandstand Stoneleigh Events has announced the appointment of Chris Hartley to the role of managing director. Hartley replaces Helena Pettit who was MD of the Grandstand Group since 2008. In his new role Hartley will lead the team at NAEC Stoneleigh, which includes the management of the RASE technical events team, Grandstand Event Management, Zinc a specialist corporate event management business and Stoneleigh Park Lodge, a 58 bedroom four star guest house.

Chris brings a wealth of industry and sales experience to the business, having held senior commercial positions within the event industry, including roles with Reed Exhibitions, The NEC Group and most recently LiveBuzz, an event registration provider.

In his new role one of Hartley’s responsibilities will be to ensure that NAEC Stoneleigh maximizes its position as a venue of choice for exhibition and conference organisers.

Hartley commented: “I’m delighted to be joining the team. My passion for delivering solutions for event organisers, their exhibitors and visitors has driven my career. Grandstand Stoneleigh Events vision and investment in the venue and what it provides for both existing and potential customers makes it a perfect fit.”

Sandy Anderson, chairman of the Grandstand Group, added: “I would like to welcome Chris to our team. The venue has undergone extensive refurbishment since Grandstand took over the business in 2013, which reflects the needs of the event organising community. I have no doubt that Chris’s experience, leadership and proven commercial experience will be invaluable to the business moving forward.”

Grandstand Media Ltd, part of the group which runs the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) and the British Showjumping National Championships (BSNC) will now be headed up by Emma Wardell, event director.