The Trafalgar St. James is reopening on September 7 and will be managed by a new cluster team, operating between The Trafalgar St James and Strand Palace.
The hotel is owned by global hotel investment and management company, L+R Hotels and will see managing director Matthew Beard oversee all commercial and operational activities at both hotels.
Previously Beard has been general manager of the Radisson Blu London Portman Hotel, and cluster general manager of the West End, Victoria and South Kensington DoubleTree by Hilton properties.
At the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, Beard managed the property’s conversion to the Nobu Hotel Portman Square, opening in November 2020.
As part of the influx of new recruits, Sofiane Kaced who is head chef at Trafalgar St James, will now take on the Strand Palace chef brigade.
The rest of the management team include: Cem Caglar, who has recently been promoted to hotel manager joined The Trafalgar St James Hotel in 2019 as rooms operations manager; Ben Chapman joins as cluster commercial director; Jamie Childs is the cluster director of marketing & communications and Kelly O’Neill joins as cluster director of sales.
Other new additions see Mara Jozing appointed as the new cluster revenue director, and David Abercrombie joins as cluster director of engineering.