Claire Kirikal

    Operations Manager

    Claire Kirikal is a highly experienced Sales & Events Coordinator from within the hospitality industry, having worked in some prestigious London venues. Claire joins us to take Metropolitan to the next level.

        Laura Butler

        Sales & Events Office Manager

        Laura joined us with a wealth of experience in events, having worked in Central London organising and managing large events and Weddings.

            Debbie Elliott

            Bookings & Admin Team

            Debbie works in our reception office and is able to help you with any enquiries including membership, sports bookings, and wakes.  She has worked in various admin and customer-focused roles including cabin crew and for 5-star hotels.

                Abby Dennis

                Marketing & Events

                Abby joined us in 2021, to manage our marketing and to look after enquiries and bookings for our busy what’s on the calendar.  She has a wealth of experience in local marketing and events, having had her own business for many years.

                    Marianne Owen

                    Financial Planning & Analysis

                    Marianne has experience in finance, management and as a business analyst. She has previous senior experience at Marks & Spencer, Yodel and Ralph Lauren.

                        Fenella Stevens

                        Food & Beverage Manager

                        Fenella has worked for some of the biggest and best hospitality brands.

                            Jennifer Philpot

                            Training & Events Manager

                            Jennifer joins Metropolitan having worked in some of the biggest and best hospitality brands.

                                Earl Scarlett

                                Head Chef

                                Earl joined the team, as Head Chef at Metropolitan in 2023, he has previously been Head Chef at Letchworth Golf Club.

                                    John Lewis

                                    Head of Grounds

                                    John is our Head of Grounds and joined us from Haberdashers Boys School after 11 years. John has 32 years of working in the grounds field, during this time has worked at Dame Alice Owen School, Potters Bar FC, and Potters Bar CC. John lives with his partner and has two sons and grandchildren.

                                        Tom Gurney


                                        Tom joined us from Haberdashers Boys School in 2022. He has a vast knowledge of groundsmanship, and has worked for Watford FC and Moor Park Golf Club. Tom is married and has a young family.


                                            Les Newman


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                                                David Rees

                                                Managing Director

                                                David Rees is Managing Director of Metropolitan, and a Director of Just Smile Ltd and has a history as Director for a number of media companies over the past 20 years. In addition to this, David has a wealth of experience in business planning & management, team leadership and in marketing for media, events, venues & leisure sectors.

                                                    Catherine Roper

                                                    Acting Chair

                                                    Met Commander – Head of Profession for Crime Prevention, Inclusion and Engagement.

                                                        Gideon Springer


                                                        Gideon Springer is a retired Chief Superintendent from the Met Police. He also served for three years in Northants Police as a Superintendent. He has been a regular attendee at the club for 25 years and lives locally. He has a great deal of leadership and management experience from a number of project management and senior police roles. He focused his career on delivering excellent community and partnership policing and was a Gold Public Order Commander for London. He was also the principal Match Commander for Chelsea Football Club.

                                                            Sharon Stimpson


                                                            Sharon Stimpson is a former Metropolitan Police Detective Sergeant, having retired in 2011 after 30 years. Sharon had a variety of roles both within the Met and on secondment from it. She has been coming to the club with her family since it opened in 1967 when she was a small child. Sharon is a member of the Retired Police Service Association at the Club and is one of it’s past Presidents. She has been a Director for the last four years.

                                                                Mark Strugnell

                                                                Vice Chair

                                                                Mark Strugnell is a Detective Superintendent with a very varied career in local and specialist crime. Mark and his family have lived locally in Bushey/Watford area for more than twenty years. He has served on the Board of Directors for over eight years and is currently the Vice Chair.