Industry Update
Appointment26 June 2017

Johan Scheepers

Appointed Regional General Manager
At Macdonald Hotels (UK) in Bathgate, United Kingdom

Johan ScheepersJohan 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. Overseeing teams at three properties including The Lymm Hotel in Warrington, Macdonald New Blossoms in Chester and Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, Johan will be responsible for ensuring the best guest experience and value proposition is provided across all three locations. Most recently Johan was based in South Africa where he played an instrumental role in the opening of The Maslow Hotel, the flagship corporate venue for Sun International which is the largest Casino and Resort operator in Africa. Prior to this he worked on the launch and repositioning of both the Thistle Euston and The Kingsley in Holborn. He has vast experience of working within large hotel groups after spending four years with Radisson Edwardian, which eventually led him to Manchester. Managing a number of 4-star and 5-star properties within the group, it was during this tenure that he received an Acorn award for outstanding achievements in the industry and completed an advanced management programme at Oxford University. Despite a short break from the UK to manage properties in South Africa, Johan chose to re-locate to Manchester, returning to where he held his first General Manager role in 2007, assisting with the opening of The Abode Hotel.

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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