Leading Hospitality Brand Appoints New CEO
Luxury hospitality business Farncombe has signalled its intent for growth by announcing the appointment of an industry-leading Chief Executive alongside plans for a £10m investment programme.
Farncombe comprises a small number of high-end brands, including four-star hotel Dormy House, award-winning meeting venue Cotswold Conference Centre and Farncombe Courses, which offers residential leisure breaks.
In a major coup for the Cotswold business, Farncombe has secured industry expert Andrew Grahame as its new Chief Executive.
Andrew spent almost three years as General Manager of the lavish Niagara on the Lake Vintage Inns in Ontario, Canada, before moving to the Hotel L’Horizon in Jersey to oversee an £8m refurbishment programme.
He returned to the UK as General Manager of the luxury Mallory Court hotel in Leamington Spa and Lygon Arms in Broadway. Andrew was then appointed Managing Director of Venues at Goodwood Estates, where he had overall responsibility for the hotel, golf course, clubhouse and catering at the motor-racing circuit.
On leaving Goodwood to join Farncombe, Andrew said: “Dormy House Hotel and Cotswold Conference Centre both have enviable reputations for hospitality and service and I am very excited to be able to help drive their success in the future.
“The fact that Farncombe is a family-owned business was also a big attraction for me, especially as the Philip-Sørensen family is committed to sustainability and ecological responsibility, which I am also passionate about.
“The big challenge for the future will be to maximise the fantastic businesses and great location we have. It’s an exciting time for Farncombe.”
The new Chief Executive has already confirmed that around £10m will be invested to enhance Farncombe’s offer.
“We are redeveloping Dormy House Hotel and also looking to expand the Farncombe brand by utilising more of the beautiful manor houses and buildings on Farncombe Estate,” he said.
“I believe we can use these resources to create further stand-out businesses and provide even more jobs for the local community. I want more people to enjoy the Estate in the future and I’ll be working with the whole team to find some innovative ways to make that happen.”