Stephen Carter has announced his resignation as managing director of Cameron House Hotel and Resort on Loch Lomond, nearly three months after the hotel was merged into QHotels.
The five-AA-star, 125-bedroom hotel was acquired in November 2014 by QHotels' backers Sankaty Advisors and Canyon Capital - along with five other properties which formed De Vere Hotels. It was believed the deal was worth £160m.
The Caterer in 2011 - has decided to take a step back and enjoy some time at home before pursuing the next chapter of what has been a long and distinguished career.
"I will very much miss the magnificent team at Cameron House who have made the last seven years extremely rewarding and fun. It has been a privilege to work with them and I wish them and QHotels continued success into the future," he said.
Carter joined De Vere Hotels and Resorts in 2006, joining Cameron House two years later as managing director, part-way through a £50m refurbishment and expansion of the resort which today includes 115 time-share lodges, the Carrick spa and a PGA championship golf course. The hotel was named Group Hotel of the Year at the 2010 Catey Awards.
After graduating from the University of Surrey with a BSC in hotel administration, Carter began his career as a trainee manager with Thistle Hotels. He went on to spend 12 years with Holiday Inns International; then work as area director of Stakis hotels; general manager, Moat House International, Glasgow; general manager of the Caledonian hotel , Edinburgh; and operations director of Clivedon, Taplow, Buckinghamshire. From 200 to 2006 he oversaw the development and opening of the five-AA-star, 209-bedroom St Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa.
As well as looking at future interests within the hospitality industry Carter will continue in his role as vice chairman of the RSNO, a director of VisitScotland, trustee of the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland and initially retain an ambassadorial role for QHotels in Scotland.
QHotels, headed by managing director Michael Purtill, now comprises 27 hotels across the UK.