Paul Cookson appointed GM of Oddfellows in Chester

George Sell By George Sell
28 August 2015 | Updated 28 August 2015

UK: Oddfellows Hotels has appointed Paul Cookson as general manager of the Oddfellows hotel in Chester.

UK: Oddfellows Hotels has appointed Paul Cookson as general manager of the Oddfellows hotel in Chester.

Cookson, who joins from The Chester Grosvenor, will manage the Chester Oddfellows site, while assisting in the development of the new Oddfellows site in Manchester. He will then take on the role of general manager at Oddfellows On The Park, Manchester, in spring 2016.

Cookson worked at The Chester Grosvenor for 11 years as director of events, then director of operations prior to becoming general manager in 2014.

He has also worked for Forte, Moat House Hotels and The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington.

Cookson said: "This is a new direction for me and a very welcome one. I will be leaving the five star sector to join one of the new breed of hotels; those that aren't defined by stars or corporations. Oddfellows is a truly independent hotel group, both in spirit and ownership, and celebrates personality and individuality. I'm working with a fantastic, enthusiastic and talented team and I can't wait for the adventure to begin."

Cookson replaces Sarah Dougherty who is leaving to join Dougherty and Allen, a catering business, working alongside her husband Phil Dougherty.

She said: "Oddfellows has been a wonderful journey. I started as general manager when Jonathan Slater was masterminding the refurbishment and addition of 14 new bedrooms. I've never worked with a more dedicated team and I'll miss the people hugely."

Jonathan Slater said: "Sarah has accomplished a great deal over the past three years and she has done an outstanding job. We have worked together, alongside our owner, to take the hotel where it deserves to be - running at a high occupancy with happy guests. I'm thrilled Paul Cookson has come aboard. I'm looking forward to continuing an extremely successful working relationship as the Oddfellows family of hotels grows."

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