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Puma Hotels' makes three general manager appointments

06 March 2013 by
Puma Hotels' makes three general manager appointments

Puma Hotels' Collection has appointed three new managers at a number of hotels across the UK.

Steve Dunford has been named general manager of Shrigley Hall Hotel, Golf & Country Club. He joins the 148-bedroom hotel with more than two decades' experience in the hospitality industry, including senior managerial roles at Macdonald Hotel and Spa Manchester, Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor and De Vere Belton Woods Resort.

Set in 262 acres of countryside, Shrigley Hall has a 18-hole championship golf course as well as a health club and banqueting space for weddings, corporate dinners, and meetings and events.

Meanwhile Alison Gilmore has returned to the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool where she was previously general manager.

She rejoins the hotel after a short break outside the industry to run her own electrical company which was involved in the recreation of illuminations on Blackpool Tower.

Gilmore has been charged with continuing to build on the 180-bedroom Imperial Hotel's reputation as a premier hotel in Blackpool. Established in 1867, it is one of the original Victorian grand hotels and has hosted guests including Charles Dickens and served as Churchill's war room in the Second World War.

"I am delighted to welcome Alison back to the Imperial Hotel and I am confident her deep knowledge of the hotel and passion for Blackpool will be invaluable in continuing to position the property as a leading hotel and events venue in the North West," said chief executive officer of Puma Hotels' Collection, Fredrik Korallus.

Gilmore added: "I'm thrilled to be back at The Imperial now with the Puma Hotels' Collection and look forward to engaging with my team and the local communities to make this a great success."

Finally, Puma has also promoted Juliet Parry to hotel manager of the Marine Hotel in Troon, Scotland.

Parry joined the property last September as operations manager. She previously held managerial roles at Close House Country Club and De Vere Slaley Hall.

Located on the Ayrshire coastline, overlooking the 18th green of Royal Troon, the Marine Hotel will play host to the British Golf Open Championship in 2016. Located 40 minutes from Glasgow, the hotel offers 89 bedrooms as well as a two AA Rosette restaurant, and a health club.

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