Claire Kirikal

    Bookings & Admin Team

    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.

        Danielle Cottom

        Bookings & Admin Team

        Joining us from Holiday Inn & The Manor Elstree bringing many unique experiences having worked in hospitality for over 6 years. A keen equestrian, trained by Chris Haywood the former riding master for the household cavalry!

            Beccie Breeds

            Bookings & Admin Team

            Beccie joined Metropolitan in 2020 working on our admin team looking after memberships and enquires. Beccie has a wealth of experience in hospitality and is a welcome addition to the team at Metropolitan.

                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.

                    Andy Haigh

                    Bar Manager

                    Was a Constable in the Metropolitan Police and joined the club in 2004. He loves fishing and a number of other hobbies.

                        Melanie Moreton

                        Duty Manager

                        Joined the club in 2008 and also has experience working in a number of pubs & venues locally. She’s often the face behind the bar & looks after them.

                            Jennifer Philpot

                            Hospitality Manager

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

                                John Beecham


                                John has been a Chef for 16 years, loves football, worked for a number of venues including The Battle-Axes & Aldenham Golf Club.

                                    Rao Matta


                                    Having previously been Head Chef of The Glasshouse at The Grove, Rao joins the team at Metropolitan in 2021 as we drive the business forward.

                                        Agur Ago


                                        With previous experience at Northwood Hills Golf Club, and Five Guys, Agur adds a diverse skill-set to our kitchen team.

                                            Adriana Achim

                                            Commis Chef

                                            Coming to us from the The Case is Altered, Adriana brings fantastic experience and a fun spirit.

                                                Edward Ayling

                                                Head of Grounds

                                                Ed is our Head of Grounds and joins us from similar previous role, and has been a Groundsman for many years.

                                                    Liam Hanley


                                                    Liam brings with him years of superb experience with green-keeping and has worked for Hartsbourne Golf Club and Moor Park Golf Club to mention just a few. He is an avid Arsenal Fan, and also a new father with his daughter being born in 2020.

                                                        Darren Glenister

                                                        Gym Manager & Personal Trainer

                                                        Ex-Army Commando, was a physio at Watford Football Club and loves fishing. Darren also runs #afitterme here at Bushey.


                                                            Les Newman


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                                                                David Rees

                                                                Managing Director

                                                                David Rees is Managing Director of Metropolitan, and a Director of Just Smile Ltd, Dare Events Ltd & Chiltern Voice 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.