Key appointments at The Grand, LHL Group, Simpson and Ouse View


YORK’s only five-star hotel has a new manager at the helm.

The announcement of Chris Copper as hotel manager of The Grand, York is one of a series of key appointments within the city.

Chris draws on over ten years of industry experience, including managing hotels in the four and five red star markets.

He has worked at major corporate brands, downtown hotels and private luxury properties.

Among his roles, Chris has served as Director of Operations at Rockcliffe Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort; house manager at Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa; and a temporary support role as Operations Manager at Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa.

His arrival comes as the 207-room hotel has new projects underway, from gin gardens to new restaurants and a focus on sustainability.

His role and focus will cover operational projects as well as mentoring and developing the team, led by Managing Director Simon Mahon.

In 2019, Chris became a St Julian’s Scholar, a management course designed to develop professionals from managers to leaders, benefiting from executive education at Cranfield University and completing the Talent Development Programme.

In 2019 Chris also became an elected Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality.

Elsewhere, Andrew Gatenby has joined construction, development and planning company Simpson as managing director.

The York-based group now expects significant growth across all of its divisions.

The business, in business since 1922, achieved revenue of around £60m in 2021. With a strong backlog across a diverse portfolio of projects, Simpson is currently targeting revenue of £70m. million pounds in 2022.

Andy joined the company as Assistant Contracts Manager in 1998 and has worked for both Shepherd Group and Kier.

His experience with Simpson spans construction, heritage and fit-out, leading the team on projects across the UK.

He was instrumental in setting up the group’s development operation in 2020, which delivered an apartment complex in Filey, now operated as holiday rentals within the group’s leisure division.

Simpson mainly carries out construction work in the North of England and fit-out projects across the country, for clients including Sainsbury’s, M&S, Nestlé, University of York and Land Securities.

The company has worked on the World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and is currently working on the Grade 1 listed 13th century Ledston Hall near Castleford, the Clifford’s Tower conservation and restoration project in York and the restoration of Hull Maritime Museum.

The management team was restructured, with Russ Allerton becoming Contracts Director, responsible for the delivery of fit-out production.

Mark Cregan assumes the role of construction manager with responsibility for construction projects and heritage and Steve Pratt takes over as commercial director.

Andy said: “This is an extremely exciting time for Simpson and I am honored to be appointed as Managing Director, as we seek to expand our portfolio and grow our business.

“I run a company that has an excellent reputation and is known to win regular contracts with blue chip companies in various market sectors.

“I feel privileged to be surrounded and supported by a strong team that consistently delivers high quality projects and I am confident that we will continue to build on our success.”

Meanwhile, building surveyor Daniel Bower has been appointed director of Yorkshire property and construction consultants, LHL Group.

Daniel joined LHL Group in 2014. After qualifying in 2015, he became an associate director in 2019.

His work includes project management, employer’s agent and contract administration for new construction and renovation programs as well as traditional commercial and residential property construction studies and derelict works.

Among the projects he has supported are the development of a new £3 million headquarters in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire, for European agricultural machinery manufacturer and supplier, Grimme; the treadmill regeneration program in Northallerton and the ongoing redevelopment and upgrading of Thorp Arch Estate near Wetherby.

He said: “After almost eight years with the LHL Group, I am delighted to join Chief Executive Richard Hampshire and Director Shaun Bennett on the Board and support the wider management and development. business in a highly competitive environment.

Richard Hampshire said: “We are always looking to promote talented young members of the LHL Group team and are delighted to offer Daniel a broader strategic role in the business following the retirement of the former general manager John Denton.

LHL Group, which has 35 employees and works on commercial, residential, industrial and heritage projects across the North, has offices in York, Hull, Harrogate and Doncaster.

Rebekka Richardson has joined Ouse View Care home in Fulford as the new manager.

Rebekkas said, “My passion is to provide exceptional service to those we support in a warm and pleasant environment.

“I worked for Barchester for over six years and was previously the Home Administrator for two years before being appointed as General Manager of a twin home in March 2020.

“I moved to Ouse View in January 2022 and look forward to working with the fabulous team here at home and building great relationships in the local community.”

Ouse View provides residential care and dementia care to up to 64 residents, offering long and short stays.


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