Industry Update
Appointment13 March 2015

Keith Shearer

Appointed Group Executive Chef
At Macdonald Hotels (UK) in Bathgate, United Kingdom

Keith Shearer Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the UK’s largest independent hotel group, has appointed renowned hotel food and beverage leader Keith Shearer as Group Executive Chef. Keith has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having developed the food and beverage offering at Malmaison and Hotel du Vin. With a strong track record in managing restaurants from concept through to launch, Keith handled the high profile openings of both Bistro du Vin in London’s Soho and an exclusive afternoon tea offering at Liberty London. Keith’s experience also includes over two years with DeVere Group where he directed all food and beverage operations.

Macdonald Hotels (UK)

Macdonald Hotels has grown steadily over the years to become one of the most respected and successful hotel groups in the UK. The stylish and traditional hotels range from baronial castles to historic country houses and from manor houses to city hotels.
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Recent Appointments at Macdonald

Paul Bayliss - Managing Director

25 April 2019 — Leading international hotel operator Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of an award-winning member of staff to oversee Macdonald Aviemore Resort. Paul Bayliss MBE has returned to the company in the role of Managing Director of the renowned Macdonald Aviemore Resort which employs up to 350 people during peak season.
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Johan Scheepers - Regional General Manager

26 June 2017 — Johan Scheepers has been appointed as the new Regional General Manager for Macdonald Hotels & Resorts in the North West. With 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Johan will be based at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, the largest 4-star hotel in Manchester.
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Keith Pickard - Group Director of Golf, Leisure & Spa

13 June 2017 — Keith Pickard has been named as group director of golf, leisure & spa by Macdonald Hotels & Resorts. He steps up from his previous role of director of golf at the UK independent hotel chain. Pickard will oversee each of the lifestyle departments of the 45-strong hotel group, including 21 spas.
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