Arena Events Group plc has announced the appointment of Chris Morris as chief executive of UK and Europe.

Morris has over 20 years’ experience in the sports, leisure and hospitality sectors and will join Arena on 19 March.

Moriss was most recently managing director of the Events and Destinations Division of CH & Co, a catering and hospitality group. He also spent 9 years working with the Rugby Football Union as managing director of Twickenham Experience Ltd, responsible for the sales and management of all match day hospitality services and non-match day events at Twickenham Stadium.

Prior to that he was managing director of the Sports and Events Division of Compass Group plc, a multi-service provider of hospitality and associated services for many well-known sports venues and events across the UK.

Greg Lawless, chief executive of Arena said: “We are delighted to welcome Chris to the Arena team.  He has held a number of senior executive positions within the sports, leisure and hospitality sectors, and is very well known in the industry.

“Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to his new position and I believe he will be a great asset to the Arena Group as we continue to grow the UK Division over the coming years”.