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Gleneagles fills trio of leadership roles

December 12th, 2016 | Posted in: Hotel News,News,Press Releases

Five-star luxury hotel resort, Gleneagles, in Perthshire has added three key staff members, including hotel manager, director of leisure and executive chef.

The new appointments are part of new owner Ennismore’s multi-million-pound investment and development programme across the resort.

Conor O’Leary (below), has stepped into the role of hotel manager and will have chief responsibility for all food and beverage operations across the hotel and estate. He takes over from Alan Hill, who worked with Gleneagles for 27 years.

O’Leary is a former director of food & beverage at the five-star Grand Hyatt in Dubai and brings 20 years’ experience to the role.

He said, “I am delighted to be joining the team at Gleneagles. An ambitious vision has been set by Gleneagles, in terms of strengthening the hotel’s position on the global stage and enhancing the guest experience, and I very much look forward to contributing to its future success.”

Warren Brown (below) has taken up the post of Gleneagles’ Executive Chef, and is a former Executive Chef at the Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur; at the Shangri-La in Manila and at the St Regis, Shanghai. He will lead Gleneagles’ four head chefs and kitchen teams.

Colin Farndon (below) will fill the position of Gleneagles’ Director of Leisure, drawing on past experience gained as Spa Director at Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Cumbria

He will implement a new leisure strategy, to maximise opportunities for guests to enjoy leisure activities on the 850-acre estate, including shooting and archery, falconry, fishing, gundog training, tennis and off-road driving.

Paul Heery, Gleneagles’ General Manager, added, “Conor, Warren and Colin bring with them an outstanding range of skills and valued experience in the industry, which will help us advance our ambitious vision for enhancing the Gleneagles offering and the guest experience.

“This is a tremendously exciting time for Gleneagles, with our investment programme already well underway, and these three roles will be critical to the business – ensuring we build on our existing success and forge new opportunities to strengthen our position as one of the leading hotels of the world.”

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