Power List 2016: Business Leaders – Eamonn Elliott, Rockliffe Hall

Eamonn Elliott

It could’ve turned out very differently for Eamonn Elliott, if he had pursued his first life choice as a professional footballer. He got as far as being signed to Carlisle United before he was booted off the team and onto the unemployment heap. But football’s loss is definitely the hospitality industry’s gain.

Since joining Rockliffe Hall a little over 12 months ago, Eamonn’s passion, drive and determination has spread throughout the 61-bed hotel near Darlington. Every single member of the Rockliffe team wants the resort to succeed and they’re striving to make it the best hotel, golf and spa resort in the country; this very much stems from Eamonn’s  ‘can do’ attitude.

The figures speak for themselves – Rockliffe Hall’s total profit forecast for 2015/2016 is up a staggering 80 per cent on the previous year and total sales have increased by 10 percent over the same period; Eamonn has succeeded in changing the fortunes of Rockliffe Hall in less than a year in his role.

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Eamonn has also steered the hotel to win several awards including Large Hotel of the Year in North East Tourism Awards and most recently Rockliffe Hall was presented ‘Gold’ in the VisitEngland Awards of Excellence Large Hotel of the Year category, beating off stiff competition from the likes of sector stalwarts Chewton Glen and South Lodge in Sussex.

Eamonn was also instrumental in the development and launch of Rockliffe Hall’s £1m Spa Garden in September 2015, a project that attracted UK-wide attention from both guests and the industry.

Before joining Rockliffe, some previous highlights of Eamonn’s career in hospitality include managing the Devonshire Arms in North Yorkshire and the Mount Falcon and Spa in Mayo, Ireland, which was recognised as the AA Irish Hotel of the Year. He then spent five years at the Grand Jersey Hotel, taking it to the position of the Channel Islands’ highest-rated hotel, gaining a Michelin Star and five-star status.




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