New managing director at The Inn Collection Group

New MD Sean Donkin
09/02/2018 - 07:00
North east hospitality and leisure operator The Inn Collection Group has appointed Sean Donkin as its new managing director.

He steps up to the role from his previous position of operations director.

Donkin  joined the company in 2008 as general manager of the group’s most profitable site, The Bamburgh Castle Inn, one of eight pubs which make up The Inn Collection Group portfolio.

Business founder, Keith Liddell, who is moving across from chief executive officer to serve as executive deputy chairman, said: “Sean has an outstanding track record in the market and I am delighted to see his career develop in tandem with the growth of the group.

“The Inn Collection Group has a policy of promoting talent from within, which has led to exceptionally strong staff retention rates. In Sean’s case, this policy has resulted in an individual who has unparalleled knowledge of the industry as well as the group and its ethos through his hands-on involvement with our growth at every stage.”

Donkin will be charged with expanding the company’s estate, both within and outside of its heartland in the north east of England.

A major refurbishment of The Seaton Lane Inn near Sunderland is underway while the firm’s new £4.2 million Northumberland unit, The Amble Inn, is scheduled to open in October.

The recent acquisition of properties adjacent to The Bamburgh Castle Inn will introduce a further 13 bedrooms to this high-profile site.

“The Inn Collection Group has carved out an excellent reputation becoming a trusted brand in the sector,” said Donkin. “I am delighted to be stepping up to the position of managing director as a year of exciting development lies ahead of us.

“We are already one of the largest private provider of accommodation in the region. During 2018 we will continue to seek out new premises – including sites beyond the North East and Yorkshire - that fit with our philosophy of offering pubs with rooms accommodation and classic homemade meals at great value for money prices.”

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