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Meet the Team

The smooth running of The Great Barn is down to a dedicated team of people. Each member of the team is committed to providing a quality service to our customers and delivering the best possible experience for your big day. It is one of the reasons that we are one of the foremost wedding venues in the Midlands and Cotswolds.

At The Great Barn we have a small core of full time staff as well as a wide network of enthusiastic and committed part-time staff:

Jerry Stephenson, Managing Director

Jerry has been part of The Great Barn’s management team since it started 15 years ago. The Stephenson’s originally bought Upper Aynho Grounds as a working farm in 1985 and launched the event business in 1987. Jerry now runs both A Day in the Country and The Great Barn, as well as the farm and can generally be found multi-tasking from a tractor, co-ordinating staff and logistics or re-stocking the bar!

Laura Brookes, Wedding & Events co-ordinator

When it comes to Weddings at The Great Barn, Laura takes care of every detail. From the first viewing with brides, grooms and their families, through all the careful planning stages to the day itself. On the big day she’ll be there until the last guest leaves. You will be in very safe hands!

Emily Mears, Office Manager

Emily is the friendly voice on the end of the phone when you first call in.  She is our jack of all trades, handling calls, directing deliveries, responding to queries – all with a smile!

Anna Stephenson, Marketing

Anna turns her hand to most things in the office during the week and, when time allows, focusses on extending the reach and profile of A Day in the Country and The Great Barn.