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Regional MD and general manager appointments at Macdonald Hotels

03 March 2017 by
Regional MD and general manager appointments at Macdonald Hotels

Independent hotel group Macdonald Hotels has appointed John Philipson as regional managing director for the M25 region, alongside two new general managers at its Windsor and Marlow properties.

Philipson will oversee four of the group's 48 hotels: the four red-AA-starred Compleat Angler in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, and Windsor hotel; and the four-AA-starred Frimley Hall hotel in Camberley, Surrey, and Berystede hotel in Ascot, Berkshire.

During his 26-year career in the hospitality industry, Philipson has held senior positions at luxury hotels including the Lowry in Manchester and the Balmoral in Edinburgh. Most recently, he was regional vice-president at the Six Senses Resorts & Spas in Oman, responsible for properties in Jordan, the Maldives and Seychelles. He is also a member of the Master Innholders.

He said: "I'm looking forward to developing these properties to be the best in the region, and known for their quality, attention to detail and personalised service. I will also work with the spas, health clubs and restaurants within the hotels so they are known for the outstanding quality they offer in their own right."

Joining him are Gavin Webster and Philip Lewis who have been appointed as general managers at the Compleat Angler and Windsor hotel, respectively.

Webster has 25 years' experience in the industry, most recently with the Principal Hotel Company, where he was general manager of Milton Hill in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

He said: "It's an honour to be chosen to manage this iconic hotel which has such a superb reputation within the home counties. I am excited by the prospect of working with the Macdonald Group, my wonderful team and the potential future plans we have for the Compleat Angler."

Lewis, also a member of the Master Innholders organisation, moves to Macdonald Hotels from the Laslett hotel in London. Prior to this, he was a general manager at a number of Hotel Du Vin properties. He wants to create a genuine "home away from home" feel for guests at the hotel.

He said: "The Macdonald Windsor is a much loved hotel in the town and I feel very fortunate to be taking over such a prestigious property that holds so much affection from locals and overseas visitors alike."

Simon Beynon also joins the team as director of sales for the M25 region. He previously worked for AccorHotels UK & Ireland, and will oversee sales budgets for the four hotels in the region.

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