Venue stalwart resigns

Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre (RHH) managing director René Dee has resigned ahead of a planned restructure. Dee has held the post since 1996 and his resignation coincides with the announcement that the parent company, Royal Horticultural Society, intends merging its three trading companies on 1 May. The Royal Horticultural Society council has ratified a plan to merge its three companies, RHH, RHS Enterprises and RHS Publications, in an effort to streamline its operations. The remit for the post that Dee will hold until 13 March is to widen following his departure and include new business development among other tasks. “I had many objectives as managing director, one of which was to build the halls into a main income stream for the society,” said Dee, who has worked for RHH for a total of 17 years. “Having achieved them, I feel the time is right for me to move on.” Dee intends pursing “fresh challenges” following his departure and will continue as the chair of The Westminster Collection, a marketing collective of venues in Westminster, which he established. He was recently appointed chair of The Victoria Partnership tourism and culture subgroup and is a member of the Central London Partnership’s Tourism Advisory Group. “During his time with the RHS, René has overseen three major refurbishment programmes and achieved an outstanding turnaround of the halls’ income and reputation,” said Royal Horticultural Society commercial director Gordon Seabright. “We wish him well for the future – he will be greatly missed,”

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