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John Carson

MD of Ashorne Hill retires

John Carson, managing director of training and meeting venue, Ashorne Hill and previous chair of Venues of Excellence has retired.

The industry veteran boasts an 18-year career which started in the Royal Navy and lead to managing the transformation of Ashorne Hill’s business model from in-house training centre to an award-winning venue.

On his retirement, John said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 18 years at Ashorne Hill.  She is a beautiful and historic building with so much potential that it’s been a privilege to put her on the map as a key training venue in the Midlands.

“When I think how far we’ve come with such amazing people around me, then I leave knowing that the venue is in a great place, despite the last 12 months. I’m handing over a very solid business which will only continue to grow and flourish over the next few years.”

Carson will be replaced by Jon West, who is transferring from Jaguar Land Rover where he held the director of manufacturing role for 12 years.