“Mr Innovation

Rupert Ellwood's Inspirational Journey

Career Path: Hotel & Catering Course > Assistant Banqueting Manager > Deputy Head of Catering > Managing Director

“Biggest achievement was seeing 1600 wine tour visitors through the door on Valentine’s Day 2008 – the largest number of visitors to Vinopolis in any single day."

My Story: I have done amazing things in my career including organising a dinner for 300 for the Queen’s Golden Wedding, and a reception for the Golden Jubilee. I organised the Testimonial for former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan. I worked at the Natural History Museum and revitalised the museum’s image by promoting it as a flexible and exciting event space. While I was there I organised several prestigious events previously unheard of at the museum, including the BAFTA after show party for 1500 guests, a Charity event featuring Tina Turner and a unique rock concert for 1000 T-Mobile customers with the Strokes at just 10 days notice. I also managed to shut part of the museum for the first time ever for the launch of the Honda Formula 1 Earth Car. I now work for Vinopolis and have carried on doing amazing things.

Funny Story:
I did a wedding for a couple who had a very elderly Great Aunt.  I was instructed to allow the Great Aunt to drink Whisky as that was all she drank.  It was a busy event and at the end when reconciling the drinks I saw that the Great Aunt had consumed most of the bottle.  The couple  (whom I might add our now friends) contacted me after the event to say how please they were.  They did query the amount of Whisky consumed.  When I told them it was mainly down to their Great Aunt they said Ah.  She had apparently passed away the following day – however I was assured that she had been ill for some time. 



























Managing Director - Vinopolis

“Be innovative!"

Countries Worked:

The Fun Stuff:

“I play golf and cycle to work. I also ride 40 kilometres every Saturday morning. In football I support Manchester City"

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