Corse Lawn House appoints youngest head chef in hotel’s history

Corse Lawn House has announced the appointment of Chris Monk as its new head chef – the youngest head chef in the hotel’s history.

Monk will re-join the family-run team at Corse Lawn House after having trained at the hotel as a teenager. Within his new role, Monk will lead all culinary operations, managing the hotel’s signature Anglo-French menus and array of fresh produce.

He has previously worked at the two Michelin starred Le Champignon Sauvage and renowned Hampshire Michelin starred restaurant, The Montagu Arms Hotel at Beaulieu. In recent months, Monk has been working alongside Corse Lawn House’s owner and proprietor, Baba Hine to learn the ropes of the role before taking the lead as head chef from January 2019.

Monk said: “It is such an honour to be taking my first head chef role at Corse Lawn House. The hotel has always had fond memories for me. I look forward to putting my own stamp on the kitchen whilst keeping the core values it has always held, cooking everything fresh, from the brioche for breakfast, the scones for afternoon teas to the petit fours, everything is made in house and using local, seasonal produce. We even use all game from within a 10-mile radius, that is really exciting.”

Hine added: “We are delighted to welcome back Chris as a core member of our hotel team here at Corse Lawn House. Chris is a delightful young man and his passion for food comes through on the plate. He is a fantastic asset to our team – extremely driven, whilst wonderfully calm, and prepared to put in a huge amount of work.

“Chris has been doing a terrific job so far and our guests are relishing his menus. It’s no mean feat taking on a kitchen with such standing, yet I have absolute confidence in Chris and we are all excited to watch him flourish.”

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Holiday Inn Express Bridgwater appoints Barnaby Kean as GM

Holiday Inn Express Bridgwater has appointed Barnaby Kean as its general manager ahead of the hotel’s spring 2019 opening.

He will lead the team at the new 138-bedroom hotel, which is operated by the UK independent hotel management company, RBH.

According to the hotel brand, Kean has had a varied background within the industry, honing his expertise as a sous chef, head chef and operations manager, before taking on his most recent role as hotel manager at Holiday Inn London – Regent’s Park.

Kean said: “I am eager to kick off this new chapter of my career, and am looking forward to leading the team through the opening of what promises to be a fantastic new hotel in the local area. The building progress is going as planned and we are excited to see the finished result.

“We hope to attract a variety of customers into the hotel, which we are confident will prove to be the perfect business venue with fantastic meetings and conference facilities and a warm, welcoming team.”

Holiday Inn Express Bridgwater is set to be the biggest hotel in the area, located in the Regional Rural Business Centre on the outskirts of the Somerset town. The hotel will offer a spacious bar and restaurant area, alongside two meeting rooms and an on-site car park.

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Dakota Deluxe Leeds appoints Ross Tatham as deputy GM

Dakota Deluxe Leeds has appointed Ross Tatham as deputy general manager assuming responsibility for over 130 staff.

Tatham brings over 16 years’ experience within the hospitality industry, having held several  positions at Rudding Park Hotel and Fortum & Mason in the UK, and at Atlantis, Marco Pierre White, and Burj Al Arab Hotel, the only 7-star hotel in the world, in Dubai. In his previous roles, he was responsible for implementing policies and procedures required to run and enhance these high-end operators.

Andrew Creese, general manager at Dakota Deluxe Leeds, said: “Ross has a proven track record of success at a range of luxury hotels and restaurants worldwide and I am confident that his business acumen and creative flair will stand him in good stead to enhance and develop the standards and service we offer to our guests. He is a highly qualified and experienced professional and will be a great asset to the team.”

Tatham added: “Dakota Deluxe Leeds has a fantastic reputation for providing guests with an unrivalled luxury experience and I am delighted to be joining the hotel at such an exciting time. With the introduction of a new concept in its Salon Privé and the launch of a new menu in the main bar, I hope to create a vibrant cocktail destination for visitors to Leeds whilst improve the existing standards of excellence here at Dakota.”

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Cheshire’s Crewe Hall appoints new GM

Luxury four-star hotel, Crewe Hall, has appointed Howard Lewis at its new GM.

Lewis has taken the reins at the Grade-I listed property, which is operated by UK independent hotel management company, RBH.

An experienced hotelier who has worked in the industry for more than 30 years, Lewis will head up the 195-strong team at the 117-bed hotel in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.

Lewis started his career as a graduate management trainee with De Vere Hotels at The Belfry and he has gained experience in various roles – including guest services manager and food & beverage manager.

During his 18 years in general manager positions, he spent a decade with Hilton Worldwide operating large residential conference and events properties. The hotelier’s most recent role saw him kick-start the opening process for new aparthotel, The London Warehouse – Manchester.

Commenting on his appointment Lewis said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be starting the New Year by taking on a new role within the team at Crewe Hall. It’s an outstanding property in a fantastic location, boasting a wonderful history and great reputation.

“My main focus will be on raising the already high standards at the hotel, and ensuring our guests receive nothing less than the first class experience that Crewe Hall is known for. Whether they’re staying with us for leisure, attending a conference or popping in for a spot of lunch or afternoon tea, we want each and every guest to feel special.”

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New GM to lead Grove of Narberth hotel

The Grove of Narberth in Wales has appointed Thomas Agius Ferrante as its new general manager, who will join the business early in February.

He will replace Louise Lewis, who has moved into a leadership role at Routescape, a travel company launched by Seren Collection owners Neil and Zoe Kedward in November 2018.

Additionally, Ferrante will also sit on the management board for the Seren Collection which includes Grove of Narberth, Coast Restaurant in Saundersfoot and Beach House Restaurant in Oxwich.

His most recent role was at the Phoenicia in Malta, where he was hotel manager, and he originally started his career as a kitchen chef before moving into senior management roles first at One Aldwych and then at The Berkeley – where he spent seven years as the food and beverage operations manager.

Neil Kedward said: “We are absolutely delighted to have found Thomas.  He is a true career hotel professional with a fabulous management pedigree working in world class hotel venues widely respected for their levels of customer service.

“Grove of Narberth is a food led venue and so his strong F&B background and sincere interest in food at this level clearly set him apart.  Thomas is a warm personality, hugely intelligent and loves change.”

Commenting on his appointment, Ferrante added: “I am really excited to be joining the Grove, a beautiful hotel in a stunning part of the world. It is a marvellous opportunity to work with the excellent team at the Grove to continue to deliver Zoe and Neil’s vision for this wonderful, warm and individual property.”

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Starboard hotels appoints first commercial director

Hotel owner and operator, Starboard Hotels, has appointed Graham Lewis as its first commercial director.

Lewis will oversee commercial activities across Starboard’s portfolio of 20 hotels which includes properties under IHG, Accor, Days Inn, and Best Western brands in addition to independent hotels in Windermere and Teignmouth.

He will also head up the commercial team for the Hampton by Hilton hotel currently under construction by Starboard at London Park Royal, and a further new build hotel at Camborne, Cambridge West.

Based at Starboard’s head office in Beaconsfield, Lewis joins the company after 22 years within the hospitality sector, 14 of those leading revenue management including overseas roles with IHG in Revenue Performance across Asia, Middle East and Africa and as commercial director for South East Asia and Korea.

Starboard’s founder and managing director Paul Callingham said: “We are thrilled to appoint Graham as commercial director of Starboard. He brings a wealth of financial and commercial experience to the business and his knowledge will be a huge asset to us.

“Graham will make an important contribution as part of the senior management team and joins our business at a very exciting time as Starboard continues to grow through acquisition and our new build projects in London and Cambridge.”

Lewis added: “I am really delighted to have joined Starboard Hotel’s management and senior leadership team where I will be building and developing the commercial function.

“This is an exciting and dynamic company and I have followed the growth of the business with great interest. I am very impressed with Starboard’s approach to developing people, particularly through the SHAPE project and the strong, family culture that exists in the business.”

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New GM to lead Holiday Inn Express in London

Holiday Inn Express London – Limehouse has appointed Syed Hossain as its new GM.

He brings with him more than 11 years’ experience in the industry and will lead the team at the 150-bed hotel at London’s Docklands, which is operated by independent hotel management company RBH.

Starting out as a food and beverage manager, Hossain has spent the majority of his career working up the ranks in properties across the capital including The Kingsley by Thistle, Thistle London Euston, AMBA Hotel Marble Arch, Staycity Aparthotels and Hotel Indigo London- Aldgate.

Throughout his career journey he has overseen the pre-opening and opening of multiple hotels, which the RBH said has given him an “exceptional level of experience in launching as well as running properties”.

Hossain said: “I have been fortunate enough to work in some exceptional properties in the capital over the years, and I am thrilled to begin my journey with Holiday Inn Express and RBH at such a dynamic hotel in a fantastic location.

“The team here is so enthusiastic about offering first class service to guests, so my focus will be on motivating the team to continue along this path, and to strive to improve our guests’ experience – whether they’re staying with us for business or leisure, or simply here for the day for a conference or meeting.”

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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh appoints new director of sales

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, has appointed Andrea Bullen as its new director of sales.

Bullen originally joined the team in 2015, based in London as a sales manager focused on building the MICE market for the hotel, as well as working closely with the Group’s conference and events team to convert business for the-five-star property in Edinburgh.

Equipped with a “wealth of expertise”, gained from working within the MICE industry over the past eight years, she will draw on her knowledge of luxury hospitality, as well as experience working for venue finding and event management agencies.

In her position as director of sales, Bullen will lead a team of three, providing direction across all UK and international sales activities, aiming to ensure continued growth for the hotel.

Dale MacPhee, general manager at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, said: “Andrea has become an invaluable member of the team and a huge ambassador for the hotel in London over the past three years. She has incredible energy and the team will benefit even more from having her working alongside them in Edinburgh.

“Andrea’s passion and dedication has seen her grow quickly within her previous position and I’m sure she will embrace this new role with the same level of enthusiasm and drive.”

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Double appointment at Holiday Inn Manchester

Two senior team members have joined the team at Holiday Inn Manchester West, which is currently going through a major refurbishment.

Mark Winter has taken on the role of general manager, whilst Ashley Wykes assumes the position of sales manager at the hotel. The hotel is operated by independent hotel management firm RBH, and the refurbishment will see the property’s rooms newly decorated and refreshed with new carpets, local artwork and brand new beds.

Winter, whose most recent role was general manager at Holiday Inn Express Middlesbrough-Centre Square, recently achieved the ‘most inspirational leader’ award from the North East Hotels Association, alongside RBH’s ‘Best in Class’ award for 2017.

Wykes, who will also act as sales manager for Holiday Inn Express Manchester Airport, has “risen through the industry ranks”, gaining experience with Hilton over the past 10 years – most recently working as sales executive at Hilton Manchester Deansgate.

Winter said: “The hotel is going through an exciting period of transformation and I’m very much looking forward to leading the team as the refurbishment approaches completion in February – and beyond.

“I am lucky to have an enthusiastic team at the hotel, and my real focus will be on ensuring we continue to raise standards for our guests and provide a truly first-class experience.”

Wykes added: “I’m thrilled to be working in a new role across not one, but two, hotels, and am looking forward to leading the sales teams across both properties to ensure our existing and regular guests are well looked after – and to attract new guests to the hotel.”

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David Jenkins returns to Corse Lawn House as manager

Grade-II listed Gloucestershire hotel Corse Lawn House has announced the appointment David Jenkins as its new manager.

Jenkins has re-joined the team at the 18-room hotel, where he first started his career in hospitality in 1996, to work in close partnership with the hotel’s owner and proprietor, Baba Hine, in overseeing the operational management of Corse Lawn House.

He has previously spent time at a variety of establishments within the region including The Slaughters Manor House and The Greenway Hotel and Cotswold House Hotel.

Jenkins said: “Having spent time here in previous years, I have been able to hit the ground running when it comes to getting under the skin of my new role. I look forward to welcoming guests, both new and returning – particularly as we enter such a jam-packed festive period, which will certainly keep me on my toes.”

Owner and proprietor, Baba Hine added: “It is a real pleasure to be working alongside David once again. As a key member of the team, David is a highly talented manager and we are thrilled to have his expertise on board as we move into a busy 2019.

“David’s role will encompass ensuring the exceptional level of service we have become known for is continued. His previous work with us has always been to the highest standard and we are all excited to watch him flourish.”

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