NAME: Gwyn Hughes
JOB: Commercial manager
CAREER PATH: After graduating from Trent Polytechnic, I spent 16 years in local authority leisure departments in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Coventry and Yorkshire. I then set up a marketing department before making the move to Bolton Arena in 2007.
WHAT DOES YOUR JOB ENTAIL? I oversee the fitness, conferencing, events and the various business services we offer such as office spaces and sponsorship opportunities. I am also responsible for marketing and I’m a member of the Arena’s senior management team.
WHAT ATTRIBUTES DOES YOUR JOB NEED? The main purpose of the job is to make sure the Arena generates enough revenues to sustain itself so you need to be creative, resourceful and business-focused. We are quite a small team so you have to be a team player and help and support your colleagues to get the job done! But, we are a people business so the most important attributes are a passion for people and for sport and fitness.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR JOB? I get a real buzz from coming up with new ideas, putting them into practice and then seeing people of all ages getting enjoyment and excitement from the activities and facilities we’ve provided.
WHAT IS YOUR CAREER PLAN? At the moment, I am fully focused on my role at the Arena. We’ve got lots of exciting projects ahead and I am looking forward to working with colleagues to bring them to fruition and making the Arena an even better place to work and visit.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT THE ARENA? As a sporty person, it’s great to be surrounded by great sports facilities and like-minded people. The Arena is full of great people (colleagues and customers) and it’s a pleasure to come to work.