Meet the Team

Meet the Conference and Banqueting Team at Birmingham Museums. We can’t wait to work with you to deliver your perfect event.

Alex Nicholson-Evans, Commercial Director

Alex Nicholson Evans

Alex has the privilege of leading a truly fantastic team who consistently deliver excellence for our Conference and Banqueting clients. Alex takes great pleasure in seeing Birmingham Museums’ unique spaces being used and enjoyed by our customers. She is passionate about ensuring that our clients know what a significant role they play in supporting Birmingham Museums Trust. Profits delivered through each and every event help Birmingham Museums continue to care for the city’s extraordinary collection. 

Chris Lovatt, Executive Head Chef and Operations Manager

Chris Lovatt

Chris enjoys working in Birmingham Museums’ many diverse venues and the varied client needs that we meet on a daily basis. The vision he and his team share is on delivering excellence from the food on the plate to the service at the table. Part of our success is our passion for fresh seasonal food and using local produce where ever possible. Chris’s career highlights are cooking for prestigious guests and royalty as well as working in the Mediterranean which influence his style of cuisine still to this day.

Gill Allen, Conference and Banqueting Sales Manager

Gill Allen

The fact that no two clients are the same and the thrill of seeing weeks of planning come together to make the perfect event are what Gill loves most about her job. She has headed up the Conference and Banqueting team for 15 years and never tires of working in the amazing spaces that belong to Birmingham Museums – who else gets to work alongside the likes of a talking robot and a Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece?

Faye Smith, Conference and Banqueting Sales Executive

Faye Smith

Faye joined the Events and Sales team in the early Autumn of 2017 . With a passion for people and events Faye cares about her clients and is consistently networking in Birmingham to build new working relationships. 

Ruxandra Mailat, Conference and Banqueting Sales Executive

Ruxandra Mailat

Ruxandra likes meeting new clients and working with them to create their perfect event within Birmingham Museums venues! She loves working in such extraordinary places where creativity is highly encouraged.

Murphy McLean, Conference and Banqueting Supervisor

Murphy McLean

Nothing is too much trouble for Murphy, and his calm and professional approach are what keeps clients coming back time and time again.
He loves the constant variety of his job and has facilitated Birmingham Museums’ events for 12 years! Murphy is committed to ensuring that all events, whether it’s a meeting for 15 or a Gala Dinner for 200 run seamlessly!

Graeme Connell, Sous Chef

Graeme Connell

Graeme enjoys the unique challenges of working in a busy conference and banqueting department, he particularly loves being part of the hardworking team that pull together to bring to life each and every clients vision. Graeme is passionate about working with clients and suppliers to create bespoke menus using fresh produce, and meeting with clients at menu tastings to ensure their needs are met.

Thomas Cruickshank, Sous Chef

Thomas Cruickshank

As one of the most recent addition to the team Tom's aim is to help take our award winning food and service to the next level. Tom enjoy the daily challenges of cooking in a buzzing environment and for such a diverse array of guests, this allows him an opportunity to use his skills in both classical and modern cookery techniques across a range of cuisines. A highlight of Tom's day is walking through the calm of an empty museum before a busy day or night in the kitchen, not many chefs get that!

Noor Miah, Food and Beverage Manager

Noor Miah

Noor loves his job and the team he works with who have for the past four consecutive years have been awarded the quality food and drink accolade from visit England for the Edwardian Tearooms (ETR).  Noor has a passion for excellence which is demonstrated daily and especially when ETR team is providing hospitality for our corporate events.

Daniel Wattrus, Food and Beverage Manager

Daniel Wattrus

Dan has worked his way up through the ranks to become Food and Beverage Manager at Thinktank. He has shown passion for excellent customer service every step of the way. Dan is passionate about working in such a unique and popular attraction and loves seeing guests experience the 'wow-factor' of Birmingham's science museum for the very first time!