"As Group Operations Director for Legacy Hotels and Resorts, I lead the General Managers in our business across all subject matters within their unit. With an eclectic mix of provincial 3 and 4 star hotels and both new build and beautiful listed buildings no two days are alike. With Hotels from Edinburgh to Southampton and both branded and independent there is a new opportunity almost every day.
My hospitality Career started in Shrewsbury, Shropshire at the then independent Radbrook catering College, now part of Shrewsbury College, where I won the award for outstanding student of they year for 1978.
A placement at a then Trust House Forte hotel led to an interview in London at the Cumberland hotel to get one of the only 17 places on the Inns Brand Trainee Managers Graduate scheme, which I was successful in.
The next 2 & ½ years were spent moving from one hotel to another, working through all departments, in places such as Camberley, Lavenham, Perth, Aylesbury, Grantham, Retford & Long Melford. I then took up a number of positions as Assistant & deputy manager, before my first General Managers Position.
Then all life changed, with my Father & Brother, who is currently the Exec Chef at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool following his return from 15 years working throughout South & East Africa, we took on a family Bar & Restaurant in the Midlands. My Fathers ill health resulted in him retiring in 1988 and I decided to go back into the hotel industry.
I joined the Midland Hotel in Birmingham in 1988 as Food & Beverage Manager and became Hotel Manager in 1992, between 1992 and 1997 we closed the hotel for a two year rebuild of the whole site and following a 17 million redevelopment reopened it as the Burlington hotel, becoming the highest rated independent four star hotel in the city. The hotel was then taken on by Macdonald Hotels and I stayed on until 2006 as General Manager before moving to join Legacy Hotels & Resorts.
In the early 2000’s I supported Valerie Simpson in arranging the Midlands dinners at locations throughout the city. I was nominated and attended the course in 2004 where I had one of the most memorable weeks of my life, standing in the cellars of Krug being taken through a tasting by Remi Krug, still makes the hairs on my neck bristle with excitement and lunch with Pierre Emanuele Taittinger & the Late, dearly missed Justin Llewelyn at Chateau de la Marquetterie, is a memory that will stay with me forever.
Family & Champagne, along with my love of Rugby & Motorbikes fills most of my spare time, and luckily often dovetails into my working life within Legacy Hotels & Resorts, where my fellow directors are great supporters of my current role as Vice Chairman and my 2017 role of Chairman. "
We look forward to working with and supporting Kevin throughout 2017.