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Hastings Hotels names new chairman and MD

The hotel group also confirmed Andy McNeill, who is currently the GMr of the Culloden Estate and Spa will return to the Europa Hotel

Hastings Hotels in Northern Ireland has announced that its longest serving director, Edward Carson, has retired as chairman and is to be succeeded by Howard Hastings. 

The hotel group also revealed that James McGinn, who has worked for the leading collection of hotels for 25 years, as operations director and general manager of the Europa Hotel, has been appointed as the new managing director. 

Hasting Hotels confirmed that Carson has retained his board membership as a non-executive director. 

Following these changes, Andy McNeill, who is currently the GM of the Culloden Estate and Spa will return to the Europa Hotel, where he started his career in hospitality, as the new GM. 

Niall Burns, who previously worked for Hastings Hotels as the deputy GM of the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, and most recently as the GM of Lyrath Estate in County Kilkenny, will replace McNeill at the helm of the Culloden.  

Hastings said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, Hastings Hotels is confident that it does so with a very strong team. I would like to thank Edward Carson in particular for his lifetime of dedication and commitment to the company and am delighted that he will remain on the board. 

“I am also thrilled that we are able to acknowledge and harness the talents of individuals who have come through the ranks to attain a senior status in the company, and while it is welcome back to Niall Burns at the Culloden Estate, my fellow directors and I wish him, Andy McNeill at the Europa and James McGinn as MD, our very best wishes as they take on their new roles.”

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