Two of QHotels’ key conference and events venues have welcomed new general managers.
Chris Steadman has been promoted to General Manager at Chesford Grange near Kenilworth in Warwickshire, while Joanne Hammick is promoted to General Manager at the nearby Stratford Manor.
Chris was previously responsible for Stratford Manor and The Stratford hotels as cluster GM, while Joanne spent two years as GM at Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel, near Daventry.
Set in 17 acres of grounds, Chesford Grange is the largest of QHotels’ 26 conference and events venues. Its extensive spaces include the 700-capacity Kenilworth Suite – the largest in Warwickshire.
“We have some fantastic spaces at Chesford Grange that can be flexed depending on the client’s needs, and our recent VenueVerdict Gold accreditation is testament to our team’s commitment to always exceeding those needs,” said Chris.
Chris has been a hotel general manager for the past 12 years, having worked previously for the likes of Principal Hotels, Malmaison, De Vere, Champneys and Marriott. He is in his second spell with QHotels, having run Hellidon Lakes and The Stratford during his first period with the group.
“I’ve always got a great buzz from working in hotels, particularly on the events side,” he said. “When you’re delivering conferences and events, no day is the same. That variety delivers huge job satisfaction, which help us to provide great experiences for customers.”
Joanne spent five years at Billesley Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon, before joining QHotels two years ago as GM at Hellidon Lakes.
“I really enjoy working in Stratford. We’re in a unique part of the world, with so much history, which has as many benefits for our corporate customers as it does for our leisure guests.
“We have 21 acres of beautiful grounds, which are ideal if you want to take your event outdoors, or you just need some peace and tranquillity, but we also have all the attractions of Stratford on our doorstep. It’s what makes us such a popular conference and events venue.”
Michael Purtill, Managing Director at QHotels, added: “I would like to personally congratulate Chris and Joanne, who have thoroughly earned their promotions.
“Between them they have had almost 20 years in senior roles within the hotel industry, but it’s their passion for delivering a memorable experience for each and every customer that will drive the future success of Chesford Grange and Stratford Manor.”