Boston-based Coaching Inn Group, which operates 17 hotels in traditional market towns across the UK, has appointed Denis Wormwell as non-executive Chair, replacing Andrew Guy who will step down from the board.
Wormwell is currently Chair of the Visit England Advisory Board and Chair CMAC Group, the travel and accommodation solutions provider. Previously he was CEO of Shearing’s Group, a private equity-backed tour operator and hotel business, and has held various leadership and director roles at National Express Group, Thomas Cook and Flying Colours Leisure Group.
The Coaching Inn Group is backed by BGF, which has invested £15m since March 2015 to support the Group’s expansion. Andrew Guy, who has been Chair since BGF’s initial investment, will step down after five years with the business as he looks to focus on his two other non-exec positions at BGF-backed Crepeaffaire and kitchen extraction business Reco-Air.
Denis Wormwell said: “The Coaching Inn Group has carved a fantastic reputation in the market over the last few years, achieving impressive scale through a carefully selected portfolio of venues and a growing customer base. I’m delighted to be joining the business as Chair at such an exciting time, as it looks to drive scale even further as part of its £50m expansion plan.”
Coaching Inn Group CEO, Kevin Charity said: “We’re really pleased that Denis has joined the Coaching Inn Group to support our exciting forward strategy. His understanding of the accommodation sector brings a new dynamic to our business, and his marketing skills to maximise on this are greatly welcomed. We look forward to working with him over the coming months during our next phase of expansion.
“I would like to thank Andrew for all the service, advice and guidance he has given us over the last five years. His insight into improving our operations, especially regarding food and beverage, has been invaluable and we wish him all the best for the future.”