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Meet The Team


David Balden

020 7333 8711

About David:

David joined the Club in 1992 as a Trainee Manager and worked his way through all areas of the Club operation before becoming House Manager, Assistant Secretary and now Secretary from January 2017. David was also one of the first Certified Club Managers in Europe in 2008 and sits on the main Club Managers Association of Europe board, principally involved in education for Club Managers.

PA to the Secretary

Alison Davis

020 7333 8712

About Alison:

Alison first joined the Club in 1984 working in various department before taking up the position of Membership Secretary. She left the Club in 2003 to move back to Scotland with her family and returned in October 2007 to take on the role of PA to the Secretary. She is also Production Co-ordinator for the bi-annual Club magazine and assists her colleagues with membership and events.

Membership Secretary

Anne Rowland

020 7333 8714

About Anne:

Anne came to the Club from The Royal Ocean Racing Club where she enjoyed working on yacht racing events in the UK and previously with Alfred McAlpine Construction.

As Membership Secretary, Anne looks after the whole process from initial enquiry through to scrutiny and election.
Since taking on her full time role in 2006, she has initiated over 1000 new Members and has fielded many more enquiries.

Finance Manager

Angela Graham

0207 333 8713

About Angela:

Angela has experience within Architecture, Wine Merchants, Public Affairs and Corporate Finance. She took a career break training executives in Germany, Spain and London. Angela then resumed her accounting career for a start-up Credit Card, an Accountancy Firm, a small Hotel and a Lighting Manufacturer before moving to the Reform Club in 2008.

Head Chef

Lee Francis

020 7333 8727

About Lee:

Lee started his career with the Club some twenty years ago and comes back to us having worked his way up the ladder in restaurants and livery halls. He spent six years with previous Head Chef Roger Evans at The Institute of Directors and is looking forward to maintaining and enhancing the offering to the Membership.

House Manager

Francis O’Donnell

020 7333 8729

About Francis:

Francis joined the Club in 2008 following an 8 year stint with Grosvenor Casinos in London where he trained as a croupier and a cashier before moving into the hospitality side of the casino business.

He served as Reception Manager for 9 years before being promoted to House Manager in 2017 and is now responsible for Accommodation, Reception, Housekeeping and Maintenance.

Francis has a diploma in Club Management and is working toward his Certified Club Manager designation.

Dining Room & Bar Manager

About Alex:

Alex Grainger joins us from The Wolseley and has an extensive background in Hospitality and Event Management.

These roles included Restaurant Manager at Colbert, Sloane Square and Waltons of Walton Street, Chelsea and the boutique Dinham Hall Hotel in Ludlow, in addition to managing events and all catering operations at the Belvoir Estate and Director of Operations at Hampton Court, Herefordshire.

Food and Beverage Manager

John Herity

020 7333 8730

About John:

John hails from Glasgow and arrived at the Club in 1991 as a trainee manager, gaining valuable skills in all departments. He left in 1994 and took up positions with in-house and contract caterers in various banks and financial institutions within the City and Canary Wharf. Over the years he has amassed a wealth of experience through roles within Royal households, livery halls and external catering events to name but a few. John is delighted to be back at the Club and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with his colleagues.

John is married to Ruth and has a nine year old son Frank. His particular sport of interest is football which he follows and still likes to play on occasion.

Banqueting Manager

Justine Folleau

About Justine:

Justine joined the club in October 2019 from the Jumeriah Carlton Tower where she was their Assistant Conference & Banqueting Operations Manager.

Conference and Banqueting Sales Manager

Abigail Duggan

020 7201 1508

About Abigail:

Abigail joined the club in March 2011 having previously worked in 5 star hotels in Surrey and Central London. Abigail studied Hospitality Management at Portsmouth University for 4 years before pursuing a career in Event Management.

Marketing Executive

Eleonora Manfredi

020 7333 8728

About Eleonora:

Eleonora joined the Club in 2014 and as Marketing Executive she is responsible for the marketing of the Club in general, events and banqueting. She hails from Tellaro, a small fishing village on the east coast of Liguria, northern Italy and studied at the University of Pisa gaining a BA in literature and art and an MA in film, television and media. She moved to the UK in 2010 and prior to joining the Club, Eleonora worked as a production assistant for an independent film production company.

Events Executive

Erin Jackson

020 7333 8722

About Erin:

Erin is from Arkansas and she joined the Club in March 2019. She has a BA in History and an MA in Secondary Education and an MA in Linguistic Analysis. Erin moved to London in July of 2016.