Liverpool-based apart hotel group Signature Living has appointed a new managing director to help oversee the expansion of the business.
David Hughes (pictured) is joining the company prior to the launch in April of its new £7m hotel, 30 James Street, which will be located in the building which formerly housed the offices of the White Star Line where the launch of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Ttitanic was co-ordinated.
The hotel will feature 67 apartments with a total of 350 beds, the Carpathia Champagne and restaurant on the seventh floor with views over the River Mersey, a bar and gymnasium. By the end of the year the group expects to be operating 1,000 bedrooms in the city in Liverpool.
Hughes, who has more than 16 years' experience working for Whitbread, InterContinental Hotel Group and Hilton Worldwide, will be responsible for the day-to-day performance of Signature Living, which was founded in 2008 by husband and wife team Lawrence and Katie Kenwright.
He will also project manage the launch of 30 James Street and support the growth of the wider business.
"Lawrence and Katie's vision, creativity and understanding of their market have made Signature Living one of the most successful serviced apartments and hotel groups in Liverpool, and it's my role to help them develop the brand and take the business forward, with a particular focus on 30 James Street," said Hughes.
"First class staff, first class service and a desire to consistently exceed customer expectations are at the core of our shared values, and I am hugely excited to be joining the Signature Living team at the start of what promises to be a very busy and exciting year."
Lawrence Kenwright, said: "Our hotel offering in the city is going from strength to strength and David's arrival will allow us to concentrate on strengthening this offer and drive forward the growth of our business."
Also new to the Signature Living team is Stephanie McDonald , who has been appointed general manager at its Stanley Street property. Stephanie has over 12 years' experience managing hotels and will now oversee the running of all existing apartments in the company's portfolio as well as the Stanley Street hotel.
Signature Living operates properties in Liverpool in Mathew Street, Stanley Street, Bold Street and Victoria Street.