CIRCA EVENTS: EVENT EXPERTS
A word from our Director, Marc Bolger
Circa launched in the year 2000, bringing to Lewes the concept of Asian Fusion Dining. We were soon listed in the Michelin Guide and reviewed in The Times & The Observer. Another restaurant, Circa Fish soon followed, then we took over the restaurant at Pelham House, Lewes. In 2008, we decided to expand the events side of the business. We opened here, in a former milking parlour on Bevendean Farm with a small office, then we built a kitchen and slowly progressed adding on more buildings and storage. In our 20th year of business, we’re lucky enough to include some gorgeous venues in our portfolio and work with some of the best suppliers in the South East.
Our team has grown to include talented Event Managers and Chefs who make it all come together for our clients. Each has their own talents and contribute to what we do here at Circa, using their experience, passion for food and events in their work. We’re still here on the farm, all these years later a little bigger but still holding true to our values from the restaurant days – our passion for good, locally sourced food, served with flair & creativity is and always will be, the driving force behind us all at Circa.
With over 30 years in the catering business, including Head Chef roles at St. Martins Hotel and Havana Restaurant, Marc spent a year travelling Asia and Australia before opening Circa in 2000 as a pan-Asian fusion restaurant in the heart of Sussex.
The restaurant went from strength to strength winning various awards and gaining national press coverage, leading to the opening of two more award-winning restaurants; Circa Fish and Circa Brasserie. Now we exclusively manage three event venues, have a deli in the heart of Woodingdean, a kiosk in Stanmer Park, are the in house catering team at two Golf Clubs in East Sussex and travel all over Sussex to many venues.
Marc is the heart and soul of Circa.
His passion for fantastic food and the best produce is reflected in all our menus; his travels inspire many of our dishes and his many years in the Brighton Food scene makes him a very recognisable figure and total foodie know it all.
All of us at Circa adore Marc. He is considerate,
supportive and generous and CREATIVE.
He inspires everything we do at Circa HQ.
Ben brings over 30 years of experience in the hospitality sector to his role as General Manager at Circa, where he’s been with us for over 8 years. He plays a crucial role in our strategic planning, financial management, and ensuring exceptional guest experiences from start to finish.
Ben has run restaurants, bars and venues throughout Brighton and beyond, and is a well known face around his native Hove. Running and understanding every element of what it takes to bring together a successful business, from front of house to the kitchen, Ben’s wealth of experience and attention to detail is key to what we offer at Circa. Without him, our food, equipment and staff wouldn’t make it to the venue, his meticulous planning ensures everything comes together seamlessly for all our events.
Ben recruits all our staff bringing us talent from all around Sussex and maintains our high standards of training within the team. Join our team and you’ll meet him first!
Ben lives in Hove with his wife and two children, LOVES running (especially long distance – he’s got stamina!), paddleboarding, sunset BBQ’s on the beach and enjoying every minute of his downtime by the sea.
Liv has been delivering well run and expertly planned events for many years, from wonderful weddings to successful corporate events in a variety of venues.
It’s her ninth season running the events at Circa. Her enthusiasm and meticulous attention to detail will give you the confidence to plan the event you’ve dreamt of. She is creative, detail orientated and above all loves working with people. Her organisational skills, sense of calm and ability to think quickly on her feet make her a huge asset to any event. Having worked on a wide range of projects from large conferences to private parties, to over 500 weddings, she brings with her a wealth of experience and will work with you closely to provide advice, guidance and a friendly face on the big day.
Liv also manages our social media accounts, make sure you follow us for all the backstage photos and videos of our events!
Liv has a son, Jude with her partner Jason (also a chef!) who was born in 2021. She loves mooching around Brighton on wet winter days, eating out, going to gigs and taking Jude for fun days out in Sussex.
office & EVENT Manager
Sara joined the team in June 2021 and has been part of the Circa family ever since. Sara has had a passion for events since she studied for her degree in International Event Management and completed a 6 month placement at a wedding venue. Her love for managing events was ignited when she worked on three Great Escape Festivals running her own venue.
Sara says she loves the ‘can do’ attitude at Circa as it ties in with her ethos that what the client hopes for the client should get – and she feels fortunate to work alongside colleagues who always strive to make every event perfect. Sara brings exceptional organisational and problem-solving skills to Circa and her personal skills with all our clients are second to none.
When not busy planning couples’ dream days Sara loves spending time with her husband, Matt and their 3yr old daughter, Eliza and is also a big fan of a murder mystery, cross stitch, swimming, and live music.
ASSISTANT Event Manager
Sean begin working for Circa in 2017 as a member of our waiting team and worked for us alongside studying for his Business & Economics Degree at Sussex University. Once he’d completed his studies he joined us at Circa HQ and has become a truly valued member of the management team!
Sean is great under pressure and loves the buzz of an event. He’s handy behind the scenes but thrives front of house too; he’s a really important part of making your event happen from ensuring the right cutlery makes it onto the table to shaking up a cocktail or two behind the bar.
Sean loves living in Brighton and making the most of the restaurants and nightlife it has to offer. He enjoys a city-break and has travelled to many places in Europe sampling foodie delights along the way. He’s also an avid Arsenal fan, you’ll find him in the pub on Sundays after an event enjoying a roast and a pint (with his feet up!).
circa deli & circa in the park manager
When she’s not at work, you’ll find Nicky in the garden or on the beach! She loves going to watch her son Tyler perform gigs with his band whenever she can.
manager at east brighton golf course
Bev has worked at East Brighton Golf Club since 2009 and has lived in Brighton for over 40 years so, what she doesn’t know about the local area is probably not worth knowing!
Bev says she finds her job very enjoyable and loves engaging with the members and club visitors, and finds it rewarding to be able to make their experience at EBGC a happy one, whether it be for a round of golf or a wedding or private event.
When not working, Bev loves to spend time with her daughters and twin granddaughters, Eloise and Georgia, and cannot wait to get back to New Zealand to see her other granddaughters Mila and Lily. When the sun is shining and Bev has a day off, you are most likely to find her on Brighton beach.
Many of our waiting team find their way back to us every year, whilst some stay with us all year round. With a number of venues, we’ve got around 30 staff working for us full and part time – staff our numbers soar to over 60 at peak times over the year. From students, to people that want to supplement their work with flexible shifts, we have a range of roles from waiting & front of staff at our events, to baristas in our kiosk in Stanmer Park and many more options in between.
Our team have the opportunity to be part of really fun events – we’re part of peoples special occasions and our staff are an integral part of making that happen!
We recruit from April each year, get in touch if you want to be part of our fun, hardworking team!
Like what you’ve seen? We’d be delighted to be part of your event. Get in touch with us now to find out more, ask questions, book a meeting or viewing and get plans underway!