Mark Booth has been appointed as general manager of the newly-refurbished Hallgarth Manor Hotel near Durham.
Booth, originally from Barnsley in South Yorkshire, is a hospitality sector professional with 36 years’ experience, starting his career as a trainee chef with the Savoy Group, before moving into management with the likes of Marriott.
Now as part of his new role he will help to drive momentum towards the hotel’s £2m refurbishment, which has seen a new bridal suite created, a new function room and orangery introduced.
Next on the agenda will be the creation of a new dining experience in the Tavern Restaurant.
The work followed the purchase of the hotel by Shepherd Cox, who have a small number of hotels across the North of England.
Booth said: “The refurbishment has gone down very well with our guests and has put us at the forefront of what is on offer in the North East’s wedding market.
“Our staff are the first port of call for the guests in our hotel and they hold the key to our success. We believe we have created an environment where employees both new and old can begin a career – our plan is to partner with a local college to facilitate this in future.”