Conference and Events Manager wins an award

Conference and events manager at Wivenhoe House hotel, Sarah Bowman, from Ipswich, has been named as one of the hospitality industry’s most talented stars, aged under 30.

She is the winner of an Acorn Award, prizes awarded each year to 30 young people, with every winner nominated for their outstanding ability in their field.


Previous winners include chefs Jason Atherton and Marcus Wareing and 2016 Hotelier of the Year Craig Bancroft.

Sarah, pictured here with ACT Clean chief executive John Stevenson, who sponsored the award, and editor of The Caterer magazine Amanda Afiya , said: “I was thrilled to win this award. I joined all the winners for a celebration at the five-star Cliveden House hotel. I was a bit anxious going there, but everyone was so lovely of course, because they work in hospitality!”

Sarah grew up in Ipswich, attending Copleston High School and worked at Ramada Encore hotel before joining Wivenhoe House and moving to Colchester.

Oliver Brown, general manager at Wivenhoe House said: “Since arriving at Wivenhoe House Sarah has transformed the Conference and Events department into a highly successful operation.  I am proud to have her on the team.”

If using the photograph please credit Adrian Franklin/ Hospitality Media.



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By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

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By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.