Patrick Cunningham has been appointed the new general manager at the Legacy Botleigh Grange hotel in Southampton. He has taken over the reins at the four-star property, having previously spent just over two years as regional general manager at the Marwell hotel in Winchester.
He took his first management role at the Wessex hotel in the city in 1986 and also managed two further hotels in London for the Forte group, before becoming its regional general manager in 1996. In 1997, he took on the International hotel at Canary Wharf, and three years later moved to Citadines Apart'hotel to become operations director UK and manage the company's UK-based operations.
After four years as managing director for OHR Holdings, he moved on to manage several hotels including the Dolphin in Southampton in 2006 and the following year at the Hampshire Court hotel in Basingstoke. In October 2007, he was appointed interim general manager at the Holiday Inn Brent Cross in London, and in March 2008 he moved to the Marwell hotel near Winchester as regional general manager.
Commenting on his appointment, Cunningham said: "The hotel has the largest banqueting and conference and events facility in Hampshire and you can't help but be impressed by the style and elegance of the hotel and the beautiful rear gardens and lakes surroundings it. I'm delighted to have taken on this great role."