John Parker

John Parker - General Manager; Newton Hall

John joined Newton Hall as Concierge after a personal introduction to the owner, Duncan Fisher. He then played a huge part in developing the role which would eventually become the Apartment Group Master of Ceremonies before ascending to overall venue management at our coastal venues in Newton-by-the-Sea.

  • July 2013 – Concierge (Newton Hall)
  • Jan 2014 – Master of Ceremonies (Newton Hall)
  • Feb 2015 – Duty Manager (Joiner’s Arms & Newton Hall)
  • July 2015 – General Manager (Newton Hall)

What’s been your favourite project you’ve worked on at Apartment Group?

Without a doubt the most exciting journey was moulding the Master of Ceremonies role to become what it is today. It’s such a huge and important part of any wedding and while my background in corporate hospitality helped me, I learnt an awful lot.

The best part for me is the buzz I get seeing my ideas become reality – especially when they are rolled out across all venues! This is one of the main reasons why I joined the Apartment Group rather than a national chain.


What do you love most about your job?

There is genuine and huge satisfaction in seeing people share the most special day of their lives at our venue; complete with great food, great drink and great company to match.

I’m very lucky to be able to have such a wide mix of duties in my role too. One day I might be involved with running the wedding as Master of Ceremonies but I also have a lot of involvement with my venues’ operations too! Being based in a 18th century Georgian Manor by the sea isn’t too bad either!


What makes Apartment Group different?

Something you get to do at the Apartment Group that I’ve never done anywhere else is diversify and get involved in so many ideas and projects people would generally consider ‘outside of your territory’. Nobody is tied to their job title and you can really get stuck in to anything you want!

Every time I’m given a new role I think ‘how the hell am I going to do that?!’, but each time I’m given the right amount of support (not too much, nor too little) from the Head Office team.


John's Words of Wisdom...

The trick to success is to work hard, love what you do and surround yourself with great people who won’t let you down. Nail those three there’s very little you can’t achieve!

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