Bespoke Hotels has strengthened its board with two new senior level appointments.
The group's current operations manager Graham Marskell has been promoted to group operations director and board member, while Duncan Poole has been appointed to the board as non-executive director.
Haydn Fentum, chief executive of Bespoke Hotels, said: "We are delighted to announce the appointment of Graham Marskell and Duncan Poole. They both bring years of invaluable experience in the hotel and hospitality industry with them and we are looking forward to working with them for many years to come."
Marskell has 30 years of hotel experience. He trained at Hotel School in Switzerland he went on to hold management positions in hotels including Inverlochy Castle, Ettington Park, Bath Priory and the Feathers at Woodstock. He has held general manager roles at Flitwick Manor, Woodlands Park, Cobham and Richmond Gate Hotels before taking a role as operations director.
Duncan Poole is a director at the William Pears Group and leads the group's investment activity within the hospitality sector. Previously, he was head of hotels for West Register, the real estate work-out vehicle of the Royal Bank of Scotland. During his time with West Register, he led the acquisition of over 50 hotel properties including the restructuring and joint venture acquisition of the Jarvis Hotels group. He also brings with him former experience in the capital markets team at CBRE Hotels where he advised on around €3bi of hotel transactions across the EMEA region.
Since its conception in 2000, Bespoke Hotels has grown primarily through management of hotels, resulting in a collection of 97 properties across the UK, Europe, Far East and the Caribbean.
By Neil Gerrard
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