Hand Picked Hotels restructures management team in Jersey

Shaun McGachan (L) Simon Miller (C) and Thusitha Sumanasekera (R)

Hand Picked Hotels has announced a restructure of its management team in Jersey with a regional manager and two hotel management appointments.

In a newly-created role, Simon Miller has taken on the position of general manager, Jersey, with overall responsibility for the groups’ two hotels on the island, the five-star Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa and four-AA-Red Star L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa.

Miller has worked with Hand Picked for the last decade, managing both Brandshatch Place in Kent and New Hall in Birmingham and then spending the last three years in Jersey establishing L’Horizon in the leisure and corporate markets.

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Another change has seen Shaun McGachan join the L’Horizon team as hotel manager overseeing the day-to-day operations and running of the 106-bedroom hotel.

He joins the hotel after four years as deputy general manager and most recently interim general manager at Hand Picked Hotels’ St Pierre Park Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort in Guernsey.

New to Hand Picked Hotels is Thusitha Sumanasekera who has joined the 123-room Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa as hotel manager.

Sumanasekera joins after four years with Best Western Dover Marina Hotel & Spa in Kent in his most recent position as general manager.

Douglas Waddell, Hand Picked Hotels’ operations director, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Shaun McGachan and Thusitha Sumanasekera to Jersey and formalise a new management structure with Simon Miller at the helm. Both hotels offer guests a true destination experience and are busy operations serving a strong footfall of loyal leisure and business guests. With this new management team in place to further build upon the great success of our two Jersey hotels, we can now pool our strengths and expertise to deliver an ever better and more rewarding guest experience.”

The complete Hand Picked Hotels portfolio consists of 20 properties across the UK and Channel Islands.

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