Mark Godfrey has resigned from his position as managing director of Harbour Hotels Group (HHG) to set up a consultancy business, with the long-term view of opening his own hotel.
In his new role, Godfrey is currently working as the interim general manager for eight weeks at Lower Slaughter Manor in the Cotswolds until the new general manager Abigail Hardiman, currently at Chewton Glen, takes over the reins at the 19-bedroom-property. Lower Slaughter Manor was bought out of administration, following the collapse of Von Essen Hotels, by Brownsword Hotels earlier this year.
"The intention is that I will eventually buy a small boutique hotel in the South-west," explained Godfrey, who is running the consultancy called Godfrey Adamson and Associates with his partner, Sharon Adamson. He will maintain a relationship with HHG, which owns and operates five properties on the south coast, as a non-executive director.
HHG has decided not to replace Godfrey, but has instead decided to split his role between Adam Terpening as group operations director and Mike Kean as food and beverage director.
Meanwhile, the Christchurch Harbour hotel & spa in Mudeford, Dorset - one of the HHG properties - has appointed Michael Regenhardt as general manager. Previously group director of FJB Hotels, the family-owned group with four properties in Poole and Bournemouth, and general manager of Bournemouth's Marriott International, Regenhardt is the president of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry and chairman of the Bournemouth Tourism Marketing Group.
"As the flagship hotel for Harbour Hotels, Christchurch Harbour hotel & spa leads the way in delivering excellence and offering a unique coastal experience," he said. "I am very much looking forward to bewcoming part of this exciting and innovative group of hotels, working with the local community and continuing the success of this award-winning hotel."
By Janet Harmer
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