New managing director appointed at North East leisure group

A thriving North East leisure group has appointed a new managing director ahead of expansion plans.

Monday, 12th February 2018, 07:52 am
Sean Donkin, the new managing director at The Inn Collection Group.

Sean Donkin has been named in the role at The Inn Collection Group as the hospitality and leisure specialist prepares for further growth.

Sean, who has had an 18-year career in the hospitality sector, was previously operation director for the company, which has a growing portfolio of eight pubs with rooms in prime locations across the North of England.

He joined the business as general manager of the group’s The Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses in 2008.

Business founder Keith Liddell, who is moving across from chief executive to serve as executive deputy chairman, said: “Sean has an outstanding track record in the market and I am delighted to see his career develop in tandem with the growth of the group.

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“The Inn Collection Group has a policy of promoting talent from within, which has led to exceptionally strong staff retention rates.

“In Sean’s case, this policy has resulted in an individual who has unparalleled knowledge of the industry, as well as the group and its ethos, through his hands-on involvement with our growth at every stage.”

As well as maintaining the high quality service and facilities, Sean’s focus is leading the growth and expansion of The Inn Collection Group, both within and further afield from its North East heartland.

A major refurbishment of The Seaton Lane Inn near Sunderland is under way, while 2018 will also see the opening of the new £4.2million Northumberland unit, The Amble Inn, in October.

The recent acquisition of properties adjacent to The Bamburgh Castle Inn will introduce a further 13 bedrooms to this high-profile site.

Sean said: “The Inn Collection Group has carved out an excellent reputation, becoming a trusted brand in the sector. I am delighted to be stepping up to the position of managing director.

“We are already one of the largest private providers of accommodation in the region. During 2018 we will continue to seek out new premises, including sites beyond the North East and Yorkshire, that fit with our philosophy of offering pubs with rooms accommodation and classic homemade meals at great value for money prices.”

He added: “We are proud to have established an ambitious team of customer-focused staff.

“Having been promoted through the ranks of the company myself, developing our people to meet their full potential and enjoy long and successful careers with us is close to my heart.”

The Inn Collection Group, which is backed by Kings Park Capital, includes four Northumberland inns: The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island, The Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick and The Commissioner’s Quay Inn at Blyth, as well as the under construction The Amble Inn.

Elsewhere, the group’s estate includes The Kingslodge Inn in Durham City, The Seaton Lane Inn near Sunderland and The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry in North Yorkshire.