Craig McIntosh has been appointed manager of the design-led boutique Oddfellows hotel in Chester.
McIntosh has more than 15 years' experience in the hotel industry, having led the meetings and events team at the London Mayfair Brown's hotel for more than four years. He also spent 10 of those years at the Chester Grosvenor working with Paul Cookson.
McIntosh, from Guilden Sutton, Chester, has been tempted back from London to manage the quirky hotel, restaurant, bar, garden and events spaces and lead a team of more than 50 employees. He replaces Paul Cookson who will take up the position of general manager at Oddfellows On The Park in Cheadle, Manchester.
McIntosh said: "I'm delighted to take the helm of this completely unique property and return to the city I love. The Chester hotel is the original and first, but the collection will grow with the second property this year and there are plans afoot for more. It's exciting to be involved in a business that is growing.'
"There is a huge importance placed on training and coaching the team from the top at Oddfellows and I see this as a key part of my role. We have a team of brilliant young hospitality stars and part of the wonderful journey ahead is the challenge of mentoring and supporting them to succeed within a growing business."
Jonathan Slater from Oddfellows Hotels added: "With changes afoot and the opening of our new hotel, Paul Cookson is moving to take up the position of general manager at Oddfellows On The Park. We've both worked with Craig before and he is an obvious choice to take on the role of hotel manager at Chester. I know Paul Cookson is confident in handing over the reins to Craig and is assured that the momentum that has made the hotel a success story for the city will be maintained. Craig is a young talented hospitality professional who will be magnificent in this role and we are delighted to bring him back to Chester."