New financial officer joins Inn Collection Group as it vows to double portfolio by 2022

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The Inn Collection Group has named Claire Burgess as its chief finance officer as the north-east based leisure firm looks to more than double its portfolio by 2022.

A former lead advisor with KPMG’s corporate finance team in Leeds, Burgess has held senior key growth roles in the US, including with construction design and manufacturing giant Blox PLC. 

Claire said: “I am excited to be joining The Inn Collection Group and share their buy and build growth strategy vision.

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“I want us to be able to grow the business efficiently and effectively while preserving our ‘pubs with rooms’ identity which is what the group does so well. You feel you have a quality, value for money, personalised product that is so much nicer than a faceless chain. It’s about growing at a rate that makes a difference not growth for growth sake.”

The Inn Collection Group has further added to its leadership team with new appointments including property and developments manager Graeme Wood and finance controller Chris Sheldon.

Chris Moor has been promoted to southern operations manager and Richard Moore as group development chef.

The Inn Collection Group’s managing director Sean Donkin said: “I am delighted to welcome Claire to the team. Her experience drive and character will make a significant contribution to our growth plans. Along with our newly strengthened leadership team and with strong revenue investments in place, we are on track to continue building our portfolio with sites that fit our blueprint of pubs with rooms providing high-quality accommodation, service, food and beverage.”

The Alchemy-backed group will continue to seek out new build and acquisition opportunities to grow in the Lake District and Yorkshire and across the north east of England.

Claire succeeds current CFO Ian Stein who will step down from the board in May.

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