New chief executive at five-star hotel
A North East five-star hotel has recruited a new chief executive who helped his last place of work gain a Michelin Star for its restaurant and AA five-star status.
Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, near Darlington, is marking its fifth anniversary with the appointment of Eamonn Elliott, who for the last five years has been general manager of the Grand Jersey Hotel, taking it to the Channel Islands highest rated hotel.
Elliott will join the hotel in December as it moves into the second phase its development, following "five years of continued growth".
Elliott said: "I want to make a statement of intent - I believe that the infrastructure, foundations and quality of Rockliffe Hall demand the best team in the country. I look forward to seeing the business embrace this challenge and establish itself as one of the top culinary, golfing, spa and hospitality destinations in the UK and Ireland."
Warwick Brindle, chairman of Rockliffe Hall, added: "We are delighted Eamonn Elliott has agreed to join Rockliffe Hall as our chief executive as he brings with him such varied experience. We already have outstanding people that have made us a great success in the last five years and this appointment strengthens our team as we go into the second phase of development at the resort."
Having started with a team of 150 staff in November 2009, Rockliffe Hall now has more than 320 employees.
The hotel's golf club has become world renowned and for the last two years as hosted the European Tour English Senior Open.
Originally from Ireland, Elliott trained as a professional footballer and played for Carlisle United before moving into spa management and gaining an honours degree in management from the University of York.