Simon Cotton has been appointed to the position of group managing director for HRH Group, the Harrogate and York based hospitality group.
As a former local hotelier, Cotton has 30 years experience in the industry with 20 of those based in Yorkshire.
Overseeing all aspects of the hotels, restaurants, inns and pubs, Cotton will be responsible for both day to day operations and the strategic direction of HRH Group, including The White Hart Hotel & Apartments located in Harrogate and Yorks three-AA rosette restaurant The Park by Adam Jackson.
For the last thirteen years Cotton has been at the forefront of the Best Western Plus Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate, where he recently celebrated his fourth most successful year in terms of turnover and profitability, including beating pre-recessionary times.
HRH Group, founded in 2012, focuses on ‘delivering northern hospitality’ with a strong focus on Rosette quality food and beverage, and charming hotel and inn bedrooms in historic and beautiful locations.
Cotton will report directly to group owner and local entrepreneur, Philip Barker.
Cotton said: “I’m delighted to join HRH Group at an exciting time for the group. I’m committed to leading a strong and positive team into a fantastic future, with so many opportunities coming up, I have a great chance to really raise the profile of one of the most upcoming northern hospitality groups.”