Von Essen expands and reshuffles management

Von Essen has acquired two properties in an ambitious expansion in the north of England. And the hotel group has appointed a new chief executive as part of a senior management team reshuffle. Von Essen purchased 19-room resort Seaham Hall and the connected Serenity Spa, near Newcastle, and luxury hotel The Samling, in the Lake District, for an undisclosed sum. Seaham Hall was purchased as a derelict building in 1997 and converted into a luxury hotel and spa resort by Tom Maxfield, former Sage sales director. It claims to have the sole Michelin-starred restaurant, White Room, in the region. The Samling, in Cumbria, is set among woodland and gardens and its 11 suites are divided between the main hotel and cottages on the estate. Meanwhile, Von Essen has reshuffled its senior management team, appointing two new staff and promoting two existing employees. The group’s operations director, Nick Romano, has been promoted to chief executive. Colin Bailey, formerly De Vere Group executive board member and head of Village Hotels and leisure group, has been recruited to the position of chief operating officer. Former Village Hotels finance director Stephen Littlefair has been appointed hotel operating finance director. And Von Essen finance director Stephanie Gibbs has been appointed group finance director. Von Essen founder and executive chairman Andrew Davis said: “As the company matures, it is imperative that we match that evolution by strengthening our management team. I am certain that these additions, as well as the internal promotions, place the company in a fantastic position to move forward in the future.”

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