Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the UK's largest privately owned
hotel group, with a portfolio of over 45 four and five star
hotels and resorts throughout the UK and Spain, has announced the
appointment of Gill Jackson as new Head of Sales.
Gill joins Macdonald Hotels & Resorts with responsibility
for overseeing all sales activity across the group portfolio,
including the development of the Meeting@
proposition*, making it a conference product of choice for agents
and conference organisers across the country.
Based in Merseyside, Gill brings with her over 22 years of
industry experience, having worked with training and conference
venue providers, large conference and exhibition facilities and
four/five star hotels across the UK.
Gill joins Macdonald Hotels & Resorts from her previous role
as Sales Director for De Vere Hotels and De Vere Group. Prior
to that she held positions including Group Sales Manager for Verve
Venues, and Area Sales Manager for Initial Style Conferences.
This is not the first time Gill has worked with Macdonald
Hotels & Resorts, having spent time during her early career as
Sales Manager for Savill Court Hotel near Windsor.
Gill commented: "Joining Macdonald Hotels & Resorts at a
time when the brand is really driving forward is a really exciting
prospect. Ongoing investment, such as the work completed at
Macdonald Rusacks Hotel, St
Andrews and the £0.5million spent at Macdonald Tickled Trout
Hotel, Preston as part of a wider £5million project, is a great
reflection of a brand that really wants to grow.
"I'm looking forward to working with a group that has already
honed a superb and well-maintained product, and whose philosophy is
based on service excellence and attention to detail - not to
mention quality food sourcing - very much values I share.
"Going forward we will be working hard to implement as new sales
system and way of working across the group, so joining at this
point is a challenge I relish. I loook forward to sharing my
experience with the wider sales team and forging a strong
relationship across the Macdonald Hotels & Resorts group to
ensure we continue to flourish."
Commenting on Gill's appointment, Ruaridh Macdonald, Operations,
Sales & Marketing Director for Macdonald Hotels & Resorts,
added: "I'm delighted that Gill has decided to join our senior
management team. She brings with her a wealth of experience in our
sector and has an incredible reputation in the industry.
"We are currently investing heavily into the training and
development of our sales team and systems, and Gill will be
spearheading our drive forward. Following a really positive year
for conference business - up 8% to the end of March - Gill will
make a very positive contribution to sales activities across the
*The all-inclusive Meeting@ conference product promises the
highest standards of service and product with no hidden
extras. Available at over 45 hotel locations across the UK,
bookers of conference and meeting space are assured of receiving
the same quality of food ingredients in conference and banqueting
menus as used in the restaurant. The Meeting@ package also
includes a promise to respond to initial conference enquiries
within an hour through the Conference Direct service - and receipt
of a written proposal by email within two hours.