Director leaves hotel job

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THE managing director of one of the area’s top award-winning hotels has stepped down from his role.

Simon Rhatigan has left his position as managing director of the Feversham Arms Hotel, in Helmsley, after selling his shares in the business.

Mr Rhatigan oversaw the transformation of the business into a four star award winning hotel over more than seven years.

He said: “After several successful years at the hotel and developing it from a coaching inn into a luxury four star boutique hotel, I feel I have achieved all the things I wanted to achieve with the hotel.

“I am positive it will continue to thrive and develop under its new direction and maintain its reputation as one of the UK’s finest hotels.”

Roddy Whiteford, a former general manager at the five star Cameron House Hotel at Loch Lomond, will now become co-director of the hotel and will support the business while a new general manager is appointed.

Mr Rhatigan has sold his interest in the business to existing shareholders who are planning refurbishment of the hotel’s restaurant and possible further investment.