Sneak peek at the new six-strong senior leadership team at Holiday Inn Blackpool 

28 February 2024

With the Holiday Inn Blackpool opening this coming May, RBH Hospitality Management has now fulfilled all roles on its senior management board at the new 144-bedroom hotel. 

Making up the six-strong team includes Mark Winter, General Manager, who is leading on the management of the hotel opening. Laura Taylor, Director of Sales & Marketing, is supporting Mark Winter to ensure the successful launch of the exciting new destination hotel, which includes business conferencing facilities. As Operations Manager, Paul Powell will play a key role into the operational arm of the business. Laura, Paul and Mark have all been focussed on the hotel’s ‘Be More You’ campaign which has helped fulfil over 70 coveted positions to date. 

David Cheung joins as Financial Controller and is responsible for all financial aspects of the hotel and restaurant to ensure the commercial planning contributes to a successful launch. 

From the food and beverage side, Katherine Gonzales-Moore has now joined the team at Marco’s New York Italian restaurant as Restaurant Manager while Phil Andrews has been appointed as Head Chef. Situated on the ground floor of the hotel, the restaurant is inspired by Pierre White’s Italian heritage and his love for New York, serving a mixture of Italian-inspired dishes and American classics including fresh pasta, handmade pizza and steaks.  

Speaking on the new senior leadership team, General Manager Mark Winter, said: “We’ve now got a fantastic senior team in place, all of which have already been instrumental in the run up to the official opening of the Holiday Inn Blackpool in May – we’re just so excited to open our doors now and we have lots of exciting things in the pipeline for our customers. 

“Our ‘Be More You’ recruitment campaign is now in full swing, and we’ve already filled many of the coveted roles, from front of house to housekeeping staff. We’ve still got exciting positions to fill so we do encourage people to visit our bespoke recruitment website, which lists the live opportunities on offer as well as roles that will open in the coming weeks at both the Holiday Inn Blackpool & Marco’s New York Italian restaurant. A big thank you to everyone who has applied so far and for all our successful candidates – we’ve built an incredible team who I know will make each guest’s experience very special.” 

Rob Ledson, Operations Director of RBH Hospitality Management, added: 

“We are absolutely delighted to have our senior leadership team in place for what will be an incredible hotel in Blackpool. As the management company for the hotel, we know that having Mark and his team at the helm, we are confident that not only will the hotel be a commercial success, but it will also contribute to the Blackpool market and be a catalyst for further business to hit the resort.” 

The Holiday Inn Blackpool is council owned and is part of the town’s wider regeneration project, Talbot Gateway. The development is conveniently placed off the side of the train station, offering a central hub for both business and leisure guests arriving in Blackpool. 

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