New CEO at Best Western Hotels GB
Independent Hotelier and current Chairman of the group, Tim Rumney to take over from Rob Paterson later this month as Interim CEO.
Rob Paterson, who joined BWH Hotel Group in 2018, has decided to leave the brand which represents almost 300 independently owned hotels in GB. In his place, Tim Rumney (pictured above), who has been Chairman of the group’s board for five years and Board Member for 12 years, is stepping into the role of Interim CEO for a period of at least six months, providing stability and continuity for employees and hotels within the membership organisation.
Rob and Tim have worked together to guide the business through the most challenging times in its history. The group has worked tirelessly to champion the industry during the pandemic; supporting Government and the NHS through various initiatives including converting hotels into hospitals during the peak of Covid 19, and pioneered housing keyworkers and vulnerable groups in their hotels to safely shield them from the virus.
Rob appeared alongside Tim and other BW hoteliers in the national TV series “A Great British Hotel Chain” on Channel 4, aired in 2020, which saw them generate record-breaking enquiry levels of hotels wanting to join the brand.
Tim has over 30 years of hospitality experience in hotel groups and the independent sector, owning and operating multiple Best Western hotels, as well as being an independent Hospitality Consultant, advising many other hotel operators during his career.
Tim has worked closely with Rob to restructure the business prior to the pandemic and implement a more proactive hotel development strategy and advanced technology solutions over the last three years.
On Rob’s departure and his new role within BWH Hotel Group, Tim Rumney said:
“It has been a pleasure working alongside Rob since 2018, where his commercial acumen and hospitality expertise has truly benefitted our brand portfolio. At a time where hospitality businesses are still suffering, I am proud to be stepping in as Interim CEO for the brand, to continue the great work Rob and his team have been doing throughout the pandemic, to best support our hotels.
We have exciting opportunities ahead of us to refocus the organisation for our members as we emerge from the pandemic and move into the recovery mode as a more effective commercial business whilst retaining our ‘by hotelier for hotelier’ ethos.”
Earlier this year, the membership organisation reported a surge in new hotels joining their brand portfolio, including the addition of World Hotels Distinctive Collection Ten Hill Place in Edinburgh, taking its total to almost 300 members.
About BWH Group
BWH Group is a brilliantly different collection of independent hotels proudly giving a personal welcome to guests for over 70 years. With 15 hotel brands in its group portfolio, including Best Western GB, WorldHotels and soft brand BW Premier Collection, and almost 300 distinctive hotels in Great Britain alone, there is more to explore with our brand family.
BWH Group is a retained-profit membership organisation that helps hotels maintain their independence. Committed to representing the views of its independently owned member hotels, we tackle key industry issues on their behalf, including the effects of Government policies and legislation, industry changes and environmental impact on the heartbeat of the Great British hospitality industry. Never has it been more important for this voice than throughout this time of uncertainty and unprecedented hardship for independent hoteliers.