Senior hires announced as major regeneration scheme gathers pace

A team of professionals with over 245 years’ combined experience has been appointed to run two new hotels at the Great Central Square development in Leicester city centre.

Accor has enlisted ten senior members of staff to preside over the Novotel and Adagio hotels and the independent  NineB restaurant at the mixed-use development, which is being constructed by Charles Street Buildings Group.

Over 60 jobs are ultimately expected to be created across the sites.

James Conaghan, who has over 25 years’ experience in hotel management including 11 years with Jupiter Hotels, will oversee operations across both hotels in his role as general manager.

Meanwhile, Nikki Wilson has been appointed as director of sales. She will manage and attain business bookings for both establishments having previously worked as regional director of sales at De Vere for 8 years.

Scott Mills, who has four years’ experience as cluster revenue manager for Interstate Hotels, has been appointed as revenue manager for both the Novotel and the Adagio. He will work alongside Rachel Case, who takes the role of finance manager after spending six years as financial controller for hospitality management company RBH.

Karen Feeney will take charge of HR and work alongside 10 front and three back of office staff.

Judit Ruiz has been appointed as operations manager at the Adagio, while Manpreet Singh will take charge of operations at the Novotel.

Aman Sirpal – who has over 10 years’ managerial experience including four years at the Radisson Blu – takes the front of house manager role, and Manish Sharma will oversee NineB as food and beverage manager.

Housekeeping services will be outsourced to a team of over 20 local people who will work alongside maintenance manager John Fletcher.

Conaghan said: “We’re incredibly proud of the team that we have put together – each person brings a unique skillset and a wealth of experience, so we have no doubt that they will thrive within their roles and help the development to do the same.

“We are still very much on the lookout for people to join our team. I think it’s important that we are able to create these jobs and invest in the skills and expertise of the people of Leicester. We currently have an incredibly strong set of staff and we are excited to see that grow and expand as the hotels and restaurant launch in the new year.”