UK: Paul Skinner has been named general manager of the 17 bedroom Gravetye Manor, located in Sussex.
Skinner will take on his role at the end of March, following two decades of working in five-star London properties which includes DUKES, Jumeirah Carlton Tower, and The Athenaeum. He will succeed managing director Andrew Thomason who is retiring.
Speaking about his appointment, Skinner said: “Throughout my career I have been very fortunate to have worked for a number of luxury hotels that have built fine reputations for service and product excellence, which have also been steeped in history and traditions and offer a sense of grandeur for visitors.
“It is therefore an honour and a privilege to be joining the Gravetye Manor team and I am very much looking forward to embracing this wonderful opportunity and supporting the team going forward to ensure we continue to provide exceptional country manor hospitality,” he added.
Gravetye Manor was first built in 1598 and features 35 acres of gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant led by executive chef George Blogg.
Owner Elizabeth Hosking said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Paul to the team at Gravetye. Andrew Thomason has done a fantastic job over the last decade, re-establishing the hotel as one of the best, and has created a strong base for Paul to start from. We are confident that Paul possesses the skills and experience required to take the manor into the next chapter of its story and to face the challenges ahead.”