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Spotlight On: Mark Kelly

Each week we highlight one of our Ashton Gate Stadium employees. This week, as it’s the first of our features, we put the spotlight on Ashton Gate’s Managing Director, Mark Kelly. 

What time does your alarm go off?

5:30am to clear down any work before the kids wake up.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work?

I have a walk around the stadium and see what events are on – I also grab a coffee from coffee shop.

How long have you worked for Ashton Gate?

Four and a half years.

Mark Kelly

Before working at Ashton Gate, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I spent a summer being a private sailing instructor in Miami for Bobby Houston, Whitney Houston’s daughter!

What do you like most about working for Ashton Gate?

Every day is different and the opportunity to test innovation and creativity in a large scale.  I know it’s a cliché but I see my role as lifestyle not a job.    

How do you define success?

Achieving set goals, short and long term. Happy family.

What does leadership mean to you?

Creating other leaders.

What 2019 concert are you looking forward to most at Ashton Gate?

I think Take That will attract a brand new demographic to the stadium who have not been here before and I am curious to see how this will work.

How do you balance your career and family?

I ensure I do the school run 3 or 4 times a week to keep up with the kids activities. Both of my kids are Bristol City and Bristol Bears fans which makes it easy on match days as they love to come along.  If there’s no game on Sundays, my phone gets locked away from 10am until the kids are in bed.

If you could switch your job with anyone else in the business who would it be?

Frank Fielding - Always reckoned myself as a keeper!

What advice do you have for prospective Ashton Gate candidates?

There is a great opportunity to start in one area of the business and grow a career across different areas of economics, whether that be in kitchens or sales and we have some great examples of colleagues who have developed and grown across the business.

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