Tom Ross, previously operations director at the Pig near Bath and the Pig at Combe, has been appointed group operations director at the Pig hotels’ parent company Home Grown Hotels with immediate effect.
Ross has worked alongside Home Grown Hotels CEO Robin Hutson for many years. He first trained at Hotel du Vin (co-founded by Hutson) before working in California at the French Laundry, then returned to Hotel du Vin – Tunbridge Wells to take up his first general manager role. He later joined Jeremy Mogford as operations director for the Old Bank and Old Parsonage hotels in Oxford before rejoining Hutson’s team to open the Pig near Bath in 2012.
Hutson said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce this position, in five years Home Grown Hotels has grown to be a £20m business. In 2017 we will have five operating hotels and two in the pipeline, 500-plus staff, occupancy north of 90% and serve an average of 600-700 covers a day. I personally have run out of bandwidth and need additional help on the operational side which will allow me to concentrate on developing the product and working with Judy on new sites.
Tom is the perfect guy for this critical operations job, he knows our way and the Pig product inside out, he is a great food and beverage operator and is passionate about developing people.”
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