Meet the Team

Hollie Markham

What do you do here at The Principal? I am the conference & events sales office manager so I am responsible for overseeing the conference and events coordinators whilst looking after my own bookings that take place in the hotel.

What's the best bit of your job? I love looking after weddings, from first meeting the couple to seeing their day through all the way to the end.

What do you love about York? I think the best time in York is over the race meetings. The atmosphere is great and the hotel is always really busy with people dressed up for the events.

And if you had to describe yourself in three words? Competitive, Loud & Passionate

Sarah Smith

What do you do here at The Principal? Senior Conference & Events Co-Ordinator.

What's the best bit of your job? Meeting & building great relationships with clients and making their events a success.

What do you love about York? How small the city is but so much to see and do.

And if you had to describe yourself in three words? Happy, reliable & hardworking

Helen Covey

What do you do here at The Principal? I am the conference & events coordinator. I mostly look after the weddings and Christmas festivities here at the hotel.

What's the best bit of your job? My favourite part of my job is helping our wonderful couples plan their perfect wedding day.

What do you love about York? The history, culture and architecture that makes the city feel like a small town.

And if you had to describe yourself in three words? Confident, organised, approachable.

Imogen Leeman

What do you do here at The Principal? Conference & Events Co-Ordinator

What's the best bit of your job? Getting to meet lots of different people on a daily basis and seeing an event come together from the planning stages to the final details.

What do you love about York? The old cobbled streets and buzz of the city.

And if you had to describe yourself in three words? Generous, hardworking, reliable

Oliver Gurnell

What do you do here at The Principal? I'm new to the team and joined as Conference & Events Coordinator. Previous to this I worked as a Receptionist on Front of House.

What's the best bit of your job? Listening to stories from guests checking in and finding out about the guests, especially those with exciting or unique careers.

What do you love about York? York is like a big village because you might just be walking to Betty's for lunch and within a small space of time you'll have spoken to several people you know. York is a very homely place.

And if you had to describe yourself in three words? Bubbly, positive, intuitive.