Mark Reeves - Trading Board

Mark has been involved with the food and drink industry for more than 20 years. After beginning his career in the very different fields of landscape architecture and contract management; his true passion has always been around creating delicious food, matched with great drinks, in interesting places. Starting from the beginning again, as a prep chef and barperson, then holding several head chef positions; he gained both front line and management experience in various UK businesses, including, Costa, Moto, Whitbread; and worked for a time in Nice, France.

Mark’s first and only venture thus far, into the heritage sector, was serendipitous. He joined Black Country Living Museum in 2009; as General Manager (food and drink). His management team operate nine food and drink / hospitality units; including two bustling fish and chip shops, two cafes and a thriving pub. Year on year successes in his current organisation have delivered a significant contribution to the financial and strategic goals of the Museum. A graduate of the Museum Resilience and Leadership programme; Mark is looking forward to the considerable future expansion of the Museum site, taking their story onward from 1930 to the 1960s, growing visitor numbers; and, growing the number of opportunities for visitor engagement through financially astute food and drink operations.