John Gilburn - Managing Director
A trained Accountant, John joined the company in October 2007 with more than 30 years experience of senior operational management in the leisure industry under his belt.
Prior to joining Owlerton, John spent 13 years with the Greyhound Racing Association Ltd (GRA Ltd), where he spent 11 years as General Manager of Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium in Manchester and 2 years as Group Marketing Manager for the 6 GRA tracks. Before working in the Greyhound Industry, John was Regional Manager at Gala Bingo for 6 years and in control of 23 Bingo Clubs across the North of England. Prior to that, he was Operations Manager of Riley Snooker Clubs and in charge of 73 Snooker Clubs throughout the country, and during that time his successes included developing snooker clubs in Belgium and Holland.
John's role at Owlerton is both demanding and varied, as he is responsible for the smooth running of the entire stadium. He also has responsibility for reciprocal and joint marketing with Napoleons Casinos.
Dave Perry - General Manager
Dave has been with the company since leaving school at 16, where he also worked part time for Napoleons. Since working at Owlerton, Dave's career at Owlerton has progressed siginificantly as he worked his way up through the ranks into a senior managerial role. Since working at the Stadium, Dave has held a number of key positions including, Racing Office Assistant, Safety Steward, Assistant Racing Manager, Racing Manager, Assistant General Manager before being recently promoted to General Manager.
Dave's current role finds him responsible for the General day to day running of the stadium and helping out in the Racing Office.
Peter Clarke - Assistant General Manager
Pete started at Owlerton in 1984 after doing business studies at college. He left in 1997 as Bar Manager to take up the role as assistant general manager at one of Sheffield’s premiere nightclubs – Josephine’s (also owned by A&S leisure at the time). After a couple of years he moved on to Pinegrove Country Club as General Manager where his role involved everything from arranging new members, personal training to Weddings at the venue. In 2003 he joined Out of Town Leisure group as general manager where he managed a varied range of businesses from sports bars in Kent to bars and restaurants some in Meadowhall. Before joining back at the stadium as assistant general manager he was general manager of a hotel on the outskirts of the peak district.
Richard Allsop - Bar Manager
Richard originally joined Josephine's Nightclub part of the A& S leisure group in January 1990, where he worked until October 2001 until the club was sold. Richard rejoined the company in late 2001, where he held a number of positions including Glass Collector, Bar Staff, Bar Superviser, Assistant Bar Manager, before being promoted into his current role as Bar Manager. Richard is responsible for managing all bar staff at the stadium.
When he isn't working he is a keen Golfer and also a qualified Scuba Diver.
Jon Carter - RGT Chairman/Marketing Executive
Jon joined the Board of the Stadium in 1961 and was responsible for re-introducing Speedway racing to the Stadium.
In 1972 he joined the management team full time and one of his most notable achievements was building the existing Grandstand.
Jon is now Chairman of the Retired Greyhound Trust and home finding operations based at Gosling Farm in Wortley, and assists with the Marketing and Hosting at the Stadium.Jon is a great ambassodor for the stadium, and an extremely popular and familiar face with the visitors to the stadium.
Matt Hamilton - Safety Officer & Security Manager
Matt has worked for Owlerton Stadium for 6 years, he previously worked in a Steel Fabrications Factory in Sheffield. He began working for the company as a Safety Steward and a year into his new post he was promoted to Assistant Safety Officer. Matt has recently been promoted to Safety Officer and Security Manager, which keeps him very busy.
When Matt isn’t busy keeping the stadium safe he works out at the gym and plays the guitar. He has been working out at the gym for the past 5 years and has played the guitar for the past 8 years.
Lisa Campbell - Tote Manager
Having completed a comprehensive management training programme at Whitbread's, Lisa went on to train Trainee Managers for 7 years, before leaving the company to start a family.
Lisa joined the Owlerton team in 1992, working part time on the Tote, before progressing to Tote Supervisor. In 2003 Lisa became the Tote Manager, and the first female manager in the history of the Stadium, a title of which she is extremely proud.
According to Lisa, coordinating the Tote can be a very intense job, however with the help of a fantastic team she finds it very enjoyable. Despite a busy work schedule, Lisa still finds time to enjoy a spot of retail therapy and to spend time with her family.
Emma Holland - Executive Box Manager
Emma joined the company in December 2002, where she started as a waitress before progressing through the ranks to her current role as Executive Box Manager. Her roles and responsibilities include ensuring that the boxes run as smoothly and as seamlessly as possible during the hours of service, as well as answering any queries and attending to any needs the guests might have on the night.
Before joining the company, Emma worked as a Credit Controller. She has recently completed a BA Honours Degree at Sheffield Hallam University in Accounting and Financial Management. When Emma is not busy working or studying she enjoys socialising and reading books.
Nick Middleton - Catering Manager
Nick has been with the company since leaving school at 16. Since then, he has risen up through the ranks to the position of Head Chef/Catering Manager at Owlerton. His love for food and his passion for the job are evident in the menus he prepares for Owlerton's customers.
His role includes overseeing the smooth running of the restaurant, which regularly caters for up to 300 covers 4 times a week, making it one of the busiest and most popular catering outlets in Sheffield. Nick also manages the catering for Owlerton's Executive Boxes and Fast Food outlets.
Steve Tanner - Chief Engineer
Prior to joining the company, Steve spent time as an electrician in the Building and Motor Trade Industry.
Steve is one the Management Team's longest serving members, having joined the stadium in 1978, under the ownership of Jon Carter. Steve originally started out at Owlerton as a Tote Engineer and Electrician, before being promoted to the position of Chief Engineer where he has the responsibility for all the electrical, mechanical and building maintenance at the stadium.
Sam Tweed - Deputy Racing Manager
Sam's was first introduction the company when he carried out work experience from school in the Racing Office. It wasn't long before he was hooked on the sport , and straight after leaving school he joined the company as a Racing Office Assistant in August 2006.
Since then, Sam has progressed through the ranks into his current role as Deputy Racing Manager. His role includes grading the occasional race meeting, checking the racecards, grading Trials and registering Greyhounds.
Sam says he enjoys his job in the racing office and he hopes to learn a lot more about the Racing Office and the Greyhound Industry as a whole.