Our Team

At Owlerton Stadium we have a dedicated and
experienced team.


  • John Gilburn – Managing Director

    A trained Accountant, John joined the company in October 2007 with more than 30 years experience of senior operational management in the leisure industry under his belt.

    Prior to joining Owlerton, he spent 13 years working for Greyhound Racing Association Ltd (GRA Ltd), where he was General Manager of Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium in Manchester for 11 years and 2 years as Group Marketing Manager for the 6 GRA tracks. Before working in the Greyhound Industry, John was Regional Manager at Gala Bingo for 6 years, in control of 23 Bingo Clubs across the North of England. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Riley Snooker Clubs in charge of 73 Snooker Clubs throughout the country, and also developing snooker clubs in Belgium and Holland.

    As Managing Director of Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, John is responsible for the smooth running of the entire stadium and ensuring compliance with the Rules of Racing.  John is a member of the Executive Committee of the Racecourse Promoters Association and is also a Director of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB).

  • Dave Perry – General Manager

    Dave has been with the company since leaving school at 16, where he also worked part time for Napoleons Racing.

    Since working at Owlerton, Dave’s career at Owlerton has progressed significantly as he worked his way up through the ranks into a senior managerial role. Since working at the Stadium, Dave has held a number of key positions including, Racing Office Assistant, Safety Steward, Assistant Racing Manager, Racing Manager, Assistant General Manager before being recently promoted to General Manager.

    Dave’s current role finds him responsible for the General day to day running of the stadium and helping out in the Racing Office.

  • Matt Hamilton – Assistant General Manager

    Matt has worked for Owlerton since 2004 where he began his career as a Part-time Safety Steward. Matt was quickly promoted to Steward Supervisor which then ultimately resulted in Matt being promoted to Stadium Safety Officer and Health and Safety Manager a few years later.

    In 2016 an opportunity arose for Matt to become the Assistant General Manager of which he took and has since then took on greater responsibility and assists the General Manager in the Day to Day operation and running of the Stadium.

    Outside of work Matt spends the majority of his time with his Family and companion Milo, the Border Collie.

  • Richard Allsop – Bars Manager

    Richard originally joined Josephine’s Nightclub part of the A&S leisure group in January 1990, where he worked until October 2001 until the club was sold. Richard rejoined the company in late 2001 as Assistant Bar Manager, before being promoted into his current role as Bar Manager. Richard is responsible for managing all bar staff at the stadium.

    When he isn’t working he is a keen Golfer and also a qualified Scuba Diver.

  • Lisa Campbell – Tote Manager

    Having completed a comprehensive management training programme at Whitbread’s, Lisa went on to train Trainee Managers for 7 years, before leaving the company to start a family.

    Lisa joined the Owlerton team in 1992, working part time on the Tote, before progressing to Tote Supervisor. In 2003 Lisa became the Tote Manager, and the first female manager in the history of the Stadium, a title of which she is extremely proud.

    According to Lisa, coordinating the Tote can be a very intense job, however with the help of a fantastic team she finds it very enjoyable. Despite a busy work schedule, Lisa still finds time to enjoy a spot of retail therapy and to spend time with her family.

  • Nick Middleton – Catering Manager

    Nick has been with the company since leaving school at 16. Since then, he has risen up through the ranks to the position of Head Chef/Catering Manager at Owlerton. His love for food and his passion for the job are evident in the menus he prepares for Owlerton’s customers.

    His role includes overseeing the smooth running of the restaurant, which regularly caters for up to 300 covers 4 times a week, making it one of the busiest and most popular catering outlets in Sheffield. Nick also manages the catering for Owlerton’s Executive Boxes and Fast Food outlets.

  • Sam Tweed – Racing Manager

    Sam was first introduced to the company when he carried out work experience from school in the Racing Office in 2004. It wasn’t long before he was hooked on the sport. Straight after leaving school he joined the company as a Racing Office Assistant in August 2006.

    Since then, Sam has progressed through the ranks to Deputy Racing Manager and in 2011 he reached his current role as Racing Manager. The key role of the racing manager is to provide fair and competitive racing.

  • Kerrie Oxley – Executive Boxes Manager

    Having joined the company way back in 2002, Kerrie knows the stadium well, working in various areas including parading, catering, bars, but finally found her fortay managing the executive boxes. She has a always enjoyed working at Owlerton and her experience means that customers are sure to get best service possible.