Richard Young, managing director at the four-star, Grade-I listed Great Fosters, has stepped down from his position after 20 years to look for a ‘fresh challenge’.
Young has decided to look for a new role just one month after Great Fosters was acquired by Peter and Deborah Hinchliffe to be run as part of the Alexander Hotels portfolio, having been owned by the Sutcliffe family since 1930.
Young was appointed managing director in 1998 and has since been instrumental in building the reputation and business levels of the hotel over the past two decades.
Commenting on his decision, Young said: “It’s been a fantastic 20 years at Great Fosters and in that time, I’ve experienced the high and lows of our trade; negotiating some tricky waters including the financial crash, while helping to implement new technologies and overcoming various crises and changes in consumer demands, all while maintaining a continuously standout offering that has enticed Great Fosters’ guests to return time and time again.”
Prior to his time at Great Fosters, Young was general manager at Lords of the Manor in the Cotswolds for 12 years from 1986 to 1998.
Great Fosters comprises 41 bedrooms and two restaurants, including the Tudor Room that holds 4 AA Rosettes and a Michelin star.
Alexander Hotels consists of Alexander House in West Sussex, Rowhill Grange Hotel in Kent, as well as Barnett Hill and Langshott Manor in Surrey.
Ian Heath, operations director at Alexander Hotels said: “We’d like to wish Richard all the best in his future endeavours. We’re excited to take this on and build on the success of what is already a fantastic property and offering.”