John Lambourne-Richardson has been appointed general manager at Stockton’s new Hampton by Hilton hotel.
Bringing nearly four decades of experience with him, John began his career in Bath and has worked across the country at venues ranging from country house hotels to airport and city centre accommodation.
He joins Stockton from his previous role as General Manager at the Holiday Inn Express Folkestone near the Channel Tunnel.
John said: “This was an opportunity which was too good to miss so I’m very excited to be in Stockton!
“I visited the Borough several times before getting the job and I was blown away by the development and improvements made in the area.
“The council’s view on regeneration is so refreshing, and everyone has been so kind and friendly which all made it an easy decision.
“What’s more, the Hilton brand has a very strong, established customer base and businesses have continued to tell us that there is a demand for a hotel locally.
“My aim now is to make local contacts and make the hotel as successful as possible. I’m really looking forward to welcoming people through its doors.”
Councillor Nigel Cooke, Stockton Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and housing, added: “John brings a wealth of hospitality experience with him and we are delighted to welcome him to Stockton.
“We’ve said from the get-go that we are committed to seeing local businesses benefit from the hotel and that includes securing agreements for their corporate guests to stay.
“John’s industry experience and warm personality is just the right fit to develop those relationships and make the hotel an ideal base for leisure and business travellers alike.”
Earlier this year, it was announced that Tees-based Midas had landed the contract to clad the hotel, TMG Joinery (UK) will install the door-sets, mouldings and skirting boards, and Thornaby-based Cotswold Manufacturing Ltd will supply the doors and frames.
The hotel site forms part of the mixed-use Northshore regeneration scheme, incorporating new offices, homes and leisure facilities near Stockton town centre.
The 56-acre, £300m scheme is a partnership between Muse Developments, the Homes and Communities Agency and Stockton Council.