Paul Clarke has been appointed general manager of the 83-bedroom Hallmark hotel in Bournemouth.
He takes over the position at the Topland Hotels-owned-property at the same time as his appointment as chair of Bournemouth Coastal BID (Business Improvement District). Clarke, who was previously general manager at the Bournemouth East Cliff hotel, was also former chairman of the Bournemouth Accommodation and Hotel Association, from which role he stepped down to take up the BID position.
During his 25-year career, which started as a 16-year-old chef at the New Forest hotel in Ashurst, Hampshire, he has worked as a deputy manager for Hand Picked Hotels, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts and De Vere Hotels.
Clarke said: "I have worked my way up and I think it's important to understand how every part of a hotel works, whether that's the basics of a kitchen or the more complex work of running an entire hotel with a dedicated team, as a general manager."
The Hallmark hotel in Bournemouth has a brasserie and wine bar, meeting rooms for up to 250 people, a health club and a spa, with treatment rooms, pool, jacuzzi, gym, sauna and steam room. It is part of the eight-strong Hallmark hotels portfolio, which was acquired by Topland in 2014 in a £75m deal.