Compass Group UK & Ireland has appointed Colin Bailey as Managing Director for Sports, Leisure and Hospitality. Colin will take up this role at the beginning of May, replacing Matthew Thompson, who is moving to a new role as Director of Group Sports and Leisure, Compass Group PLC.
Having joined Compass in 2010 as Managing Director of Jockey Club Catering within Sports, Leisure and Hospitality, Colin’s role was enhanced when he was subsequently made Business Director of its Leisure Division, and responsible for its specialist events venue business, Lime Venue Portfolio. Prior to Compass, Colin has held many senior positions including finance director and managing director roles in the hotel and leisure industry, with the majority of his career spent working with the Greenalls Group and De Vere Group PLC.
Ian Sarson Group Managing Director of Compass Group UK & Ireland said: “The success of Compass’ Sports, Leisure and Hospitality business is built on our unparalleled knowledge of this sector and our passion for delivering an outstanding guest experience. Colin brings both of these vital qualities to this role and I’m extremely pleased to announce his appointment and welcome him to the UK & Ireland Executive team. I would also like to thank Matthew Thompson for his outstanding contribution to our business and wish him every success in his new role within our global team.”
Commenting on his new role, Colin Bailey said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and I can’t wait to pick up the baton from Matthew and work closely with the teams to further enhance our growing reputation. As market leaders, we work in many of the country’s most popular and prestigious sporting and leisure venues. This is an amazing privilege and I look forward to working closely with this diverse client base, maintaining the success of these venues and events and supporting our teams to ensure we continue to provide all our guests with an amazing experience.”