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Meet the Team

Houchins is run by a dedicated team who are determined to ensure that anyone hiring the venue for whatever event has a day to remember, where service and style go hand in hand.


From left to right: Fi Pardoe, Wayne Messenger, Anna DS, Adam DS, Taylor Howe, Jayson Hewitt and Kelly Byers.

Wayne Messenger – Venue Manager

Wayne is responsible for the smooth running of all operational aspects of the business. He has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level, managing venues and catering for discerning clients all over East Anglia. His unflappable nature and keen attention to detail means he is always working to ensure your day goes exactly as planned.

Jayson Hewitt – Events Manager

Jason is passionate about weddings, customer service and making sure that couples have the day of their dreams. Having previously worked at a number of Suffolk venues, he now spends much of his time liaising with couples, assisting with planning their day and making sure that nothing has been overlooked.

Taylor Howe - Events Manager

Taylor has worked for 10 years in the wedding industry and loves all things wedding! She is never happier than when she is planning the intricate details of a couples' day or managing every aspect of their big day.

Adam Dixon-Smith – Managing Partner

Prior to getting involved in the wedding industry Adam spent 20 years working in advertising, marketing and general management. Since opening Dove Barn in 2002 he has developed a passion for weddings in particular and hospitality in general. His criteria for a successful event is judged on the smiles on the faces of clients leaving his venues.

Anna Dixon-Smith – Creative Partner

Anna is an artist, florist and general stylist. Before moving to Suffolk she worked as a party designer for The Admirable Crichton in London. She is responsible for all design aspects of the venue, the house and garden. As well as looking after four sons, she continues to exhibit at art shows, arrange flowers for weddings at Houchins and elsewhere   and keep her discerning eyes on the styling of Houchins.

Fi Pardoe – Marketing & Sales

Fi spent 20 years in advertising and marketing in London before moving to Suffolk and joining the Houchins team.  She loves weddings and parties and is constantly looking for new ways to get us known and talked about.

Lisa Howe

Lisa has worked across a number of different industries over the past 25 years and brings the wealth of her experience and enthusiasm to our financial department.

 

 

 

 

“From the moment we walked into Houchins we knew it was the venue for us. Not only is the setting beautiful, the staff are amazing. They have a knack for making your wedding feel like their only priority which made the lead up and the entire day feel so special. We couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect day and are so thankful to Houchins for making it this way. We highly recommend using Houchins as we honestly couldn’t have wished for a more amazing day! Laura and Matt, August 2019 ”

- Laura and Matt -