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Palé Hall appoints Harry Shepherd as new General Manager

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New face in the hot seat at Grade II Listed destination

The five-star Palé Hall in North Wales has appointed Harry Shepherd as its new General Manager, following a search process lead by out-going General Manager Pim Wolfs and owners Alan and Angela Harper.

Shepherd has spent the last five months working alongside Wolfs and the owners to help ensure a smooth transition.

He was previously with the five red-star Chester Grosvenor and is now tasked with working with the AA to take Palé to its next level.

The Grade II listed Palé Hall has been restored to its former glory by the owners, creating a peaceful and luxurious retreat surrounded by the Welsh valleys on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.

Owner Angela Harper said: “Since Harry joined Palé he has continued the hotel’s quest for excellence. It was clear to us from the beginning that Harry had what it takes to be the perfect General Manager for us. We are certain that we have found the right person having already built a very close working relationship with Harry and are delighted that he is leading the Palé family.

“We will be very sorry to see Pim go, he has behaved with great honour during this process, ensuring great succession planning and he leaves with our love and respect. He is an important part of the Palé story and always will be. I am delighted that he has an opportunity at another prestigious property. Of course, Alan and I wish Pim well in his new role.”

Wolfs said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Palé Hall and it’s been a fantastic experience to launch the hotel and share this journey with Alan and Angela. Due to family reasons I’ve made the decision to move to the Cotswolds,. I made them a promise that I would not leave until we had found the right person to step into the General Manager role, and I have no doubt that Harry is indeed that person and I proudly hand over the reins to him”.

Speaking about his new position, Shepherd said: “I have enjoyed my time at Palé Hall so far and I’m delighted to be taking over as General Manager. The high standards of the hotel, our wonderful location in the welsh countryside and its continued strive for excellence makes it an exciting place to work, and I’m pleased to be taking on the leadership as we continue to evolve and build on our already prestigious reputation”.

Hotel Designs welcomes new editor, Adam Bloodworth

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Hotel Designs is delighted to welcome Adam Bloodworth to the team as the brand’s new editor.

Up until now, Bloodworth has been working for a wide range of publications as a freelance writer including, FoodSpark, London Evening Standard and South China Morning Post.

Prior to this, he was also the in-house editor for restaurant openings website, Just Opened London, where he spent three years in the business.

With his wealth of experience as a writer, Hotel Designs is looking forward to see where he can take the brand in the future.

“It is an exciting time to be joining the brand. With the new year well under way, we have a huge number of exciting features planned including hospitality driven interior design, bathroom and lighting design, outdoor furniture and spas, fabrics and textures plus lots more,” said Katy Phillips, publisher of Hotel Designs.

“In addition, we also have a number of highly focused events planned too – those of you that know our well-established Meet Up brand will have seen that the spring soiree at The London Edition on March 21 is now available to book on to. We also have the hugely popular Hotel Summit now in its 20th year. If you are a hotelier or supplier to the hotel industry you cannot miss this event.”

Bloodworth can be contacted on or 01992 374101.

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John Hadley joins Chelsom board as Marine Director

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Following sustained growth and success in supplying custom lighting to the global marine industry, Chelsom are strengthening their board with the appointment of John Hadley as Marine Director.

Previously Head of Marine Sales, John has led much of the company’s ongoing development in this demanding market sector and has overseen prestigious projects for many of the world’s leading cruise lines. Working closely with marine interior designers, outfitters, shipyards and cruise operators, John has helped to build the company’s reputation for a thorough understanding of the specific needs and requirements of this specialised marketplace.

John Hadley says: “We have an amazing in-depth design, manufacturing, technical and project management infrastructure at Chelsom which has allowed us to compete for and win some of the cruise industry’s most prestigious contracts. We have created lighting schemes for some of the biggest names within the industry with recent notable projects including the stunning custom centrepiece fittings for Regent Seven Seas’, ultra-luxurious ‘Explorer’, the world’s largest cruise ship RCCL’s ‘Harmony of the Seas’, P&O Cruises ‘Britannia’, ‘Crystal Esprit’, multiple TUi Cruises projects along with the extensive refurbishments of Carnival UK’s ‘QM2’, ‘Crystal Mozart’, TUi’s ‘Discovery’ and ‘Discovery 2’.”

Managing Director Will Chelsom comments: “John is a true professional with more than 20 years’ knowledge of the contract market and has been focussed on the marine division of our business for the last 6 years. He will help to shape the strategy and continued growth of this side of our business as we tackle bigger and more complex projects. His vast marine knowledge and an extensive understanding of the Chelsom technical and engineering capabilities is a combination that will contribute to furthering our success within this extremely challenging and exciting marketplace.”
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Principal London

The Principal London announces key leadership team appointment

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Paul Walters, General Manager, joins PRINCIPAL from InterContinental Hotels, where he was GM at the five-star InterContinental Sydney from 2015.

Prior to that, Paul spent eight years with the Langham Hospitality Group, including three and a half years as General Manager of The Langham in London, and his CV also includes time with W Hotels and a number of General Manager roles for GHM.

Paula McColgan, Director of Sales & Marketing, was previously at The Lanesborough and was a member of the senior team involved in the refurbishment of the hotel and its repositioning within the new Oetker Collection. Her previous experience includes St Regis and Mandarin Oriental. Jutta Asta, Executive Housekeeper, brings her experience from The Dorchester Collection, The Bulgari Hotel, Claridge’s and Hotel Adlon in Berlin.

The senior team also includes Roger Olsson (Executive Chef, ex-Dorchester Hotel); Richard Stockton (Finance Director, ex-Lanesborough); Melanie Price (People Development Director, ex-Dorchester Collection); Claire O’Reilly (Hotel Manager, ex-Doyle Collection and Soho House New York); and Jeff Hyatt (Director of Engineering, ex-Bulgari).

David Taylor, COO at PRINCIPAL, said: ‘I am thrilled that Paul and the executive team have joined us to open The Principal London. They bring bags of talent and experience with them, and their appointments bear testament to the scale and ambition we have for The Principal London.’

Paul Walters added, ‘The Principal London is one of the last classic grande dame hotels to be brought magnificently back to life, just as Bloomsbury is one of the forgotten neighbourhoods of London. I am sure the multi-million pound refurbishment will put the hotel and the neighbourhod firmly back on the map.’

In addition to the 334 bedrooms and suites, The Principal London will boast a ballroom and eight additional meeting spaces, a Palm Court, destination cocktail bar, neighbourhood restaurant, and Burr & Co. – a coffeehouse by day and wine bar by night. Tara Bernerd Partners are looking after the design of the hotel guest rooms, suites and public areas, whilst Russell Sage Studios are designing the restaurants and bars, with both teams under the creative direction of Kemper Hyers and the PRINCIPAL design studio.

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Laura Negulescu is promoted to Projects Director, Duravit UK

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With immediate effect, Laura Negulescu is promoted to Projects Director for Duravit UK.

Laura has held the position of UK & International Head of Projects Duravit UK Ltd for two years, and has gained extensive knowledge of Duravit, its products and the Project Market. One of her main tasks is the coordination, support and expansion of the project channel during the next five years.

Martin Carroll, Managing Director of Duravit UK said: “As a valued member of the UK team, Laura has demonstrated drive, tenacity and professionalism in the way she manages our clients and the project channel, and I am delighted she is taking on this role.” //

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Dual role for James Hudson at Gallery Direct

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Gallery Direct recently appointed James Hudson as their Sales Director, alongside his role as Business Development Director for Furniture.

James commented: “I’m thrilled to be given the position of Sales Director, but delighted that I can also retain my role putting together our furniture collections which I love. Furniture has been a key part of my life for so long, it’s great that I can still utilise my design skills and knowledge.

“The combination of the two jobs will keep me busy (and the title is rather long, Sales and Business Development Director), but I’m always up for a challenge, and with my enthusiasm, experience and work ethic, I’m confident that I can balance the two roles and deliver the results required for both.”

So far things have gone well. Gallery’s new furniture collections were extremely well received at the January Furniture Show, and his sales team exceeded their sales target for January.

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Crosswater Contracts appoints Becky Greenin

Crosswater Contracts announce appointment of Becky Greenin

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As part of their continued expansion, Crosswater Contracts are pleased to announce the appointment of Becky Greenin to the UK contracts team. Becky is the first of a series of new appointments, and will hold the role of ‘Projects and Key Account Manager’ for London and the Home Counties.

Working closely with architects, specifiers, Clients, contractors and project managers within the contracts sector, Becky will be focusing on business development and lead progression for the fast-growing Crosswater Contracts operation – becoming the vital link between manufacturers, clients, specifiers and project managers.

Becky joins the Crosswater Contracts team with over 16yrs experience within the Bathrooms and Contracts market, having previously worked with numerous industry leaders – progressing her career over that time from sales administrator, to field sales and into management.

The appointment of Becky Greenin reinforces the company’s commitment to their customer base and underpins their continued growth and success. Over the next few months Crosswater Contracts will announce further ‘Account Manager’ appointments, in addition to the creation of a number of new internal roles.

David Balmer, Hospitality Senior Projects Consultant for Crosswater Contracts, said: “We’re very lucky to have Becky join the team. Crosswater Contracts is very much in an expansion period and the recruitment of experienced, influential managers like Becky underlines our recent growth and ambition, and further strengthens our position within the UK Bathroom and Contracts sector.”

Upon her appointment, Becky Greenin herself commented: “I’m extremely excited to be joining the Crosswater Contracts team. It’s a great time to be in the UK bathroom contracts sector, and even better to be part of such a forward thinking, fast-growing company, where I can optimise my skills and help take the business to the next level.”

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