David is an experienced operator in the tourism sector, with over 18 years’ experience. David’s key skills relate to developing businesses in the hospitality sector with a focus on increasing turnover at hotels and repositioning them to improve their grading classification and profitability David’s career has involved working on a number of complex projects to increase revenue and profitability.
Prior to joining Planning Solutions Limited and becoming the Manager of the National Brewery Centre, David took on the challenge of re-opening the Ryde Castle Hotel on the Isle of Wight as a general manager, it was part of the Greene King group (Old English Inns). The hotel had been closed for 18 months following a fire and David joined three months prior to the opening to see through the building phase, recruit the team and market the business, managing a team of over 30 staff.
At a previous hotel he developed their large conference and banqueting department into a more corporate style of product and he also drove the guest experience in their large leisure club by adding an additional brasserie style restaurant and re-marketed their sports bar & café He also re-opened a 120 bedroom hotel after a £4.2 million refurbishment. As the operations manager David was responsible for recruiting and training the team and developing the standard operating procedures. After three years with the company he was promoted to Hotel Manager where he worked closely with the managing director to drive sales and increase profitability after the downturn in the economy.