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Robin Bidgood becomes MD of Ampersand


Robin Bidgood has been pro- moted to managing director of Ampersand, CH&Co Group’s bespoke event, venue and visi- tor attraction catering arm, after the departure of Paul Jackson earlier this year. Jackson spent nearly seven years at Ampersand and prior to that was operations direc- tor at CH&Co for 10 years but left in February. He is currently taking time out to consider his next role. Bidgood joined CH&Co


Group last spring after spend- ing a period of time at Peyton & Byrne as its chief operating of- ficer and prior to that was man- aging director of Smart Hospi- tality and CEO of Tate Catering. A spokesman for CH&Co


Group said: “After a successful period with CH&Co and build- ing the Ampersand brand, Paul Jackson decided earlier this year that it was the right time for him to move on and take a short ca- reer break in the process. Robin Bidgood, who was commercial director for CH&Co Group’s commercial business, has now been promoted to managing director, commercial.” Ampersand’s clients include


the Historic Royal Palaces, ZSL London Zoo, and the Law So- ciety. The CH&Co Group was formed in June 2015 through the merger of CH&Co and HCM (Host Catermasters) Group. In July 2016, independent ed- ucation caterer the Brookwood Partnership and its sister com- pany ABsolutely Catering also merged with CH&Co Group.


Kochs will oversee one of London’s largest luxury hotels


By Janet Harmer


Leading London hotelier Thom- as Kochs is to step down as managing director of the Hotel Café Royal to take up the same position at the Corinthia Hotel London. The announcement was con- firmed by the Hotel Café Royal this week, 14 months after he joined the 160-bedroom proper- ty. Kochs previously worked for five years as general manager at Claridge’s. He will leave the Hotel Café


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Royal at the end of this week and is expected to take up his new position at the five-red-AA- star, 294-bedroom Corinthia in the near future. Eliot Sandiford, director of public relations at the Hotel Café Royal, said: “We would like to thank Thomas for his valuable contribution. Work- ing alongside the hotel’s dedi- cated team and leadership, his experience and expertise has played a key role in the hotel’s growth and firm positioning as one of London’s premier luxury


hotels. We wish him


all the best in his new role. “We look forward to announcing shortly the new candidate who will continue to safeguard this iconic London landmark and one of London’s finest luxury hotels.” Kochs was the first manag- ing director to be appointed by the Hotel Café Royal following the departure of two general managers – Louis Sailer and Anthony Lee – since the prop- erty opened in 2012, following a £200m refurbishment. The hotel is one of three properties within the Set hotel collection – alongside the Con- servatorium in Amsterdam and Hotel Lutetia in Paris (due to open this year) – owned by Alrov Properties, an Israeli company owned by property and


design entrepreneurs


Alfred and Georgi Akirov. In his new role, Kochs will oversee one of London’s largest luxury hotels, which features an extensive food and beverage op- eration that includes the Mas- simo and Northall restaurants, Crystal Moon lounge, and Bas- soon bar; and the ESPA Life spa


with swimming pool, 17 treat- ment rooms and gym. The Corinthia originally opened as the Metropole hotel, between Northumberland Ave- nue and Whitehall Place, in the 1880s, before being reinvented as office space occupied by the Ministry of Defence. It returned to its original use as a hotel in 2011, following a £300m reno- vation undertaken by Corin- thia Hotels, which is owned by International


Hotel Invest-


ments, a publicly listed Maltese holding company, founded by Alfred Pisani. Corinthia Hotels has eight properties in Europe and one in the Sudanese capital of Khar- toum, with further openings planned for Brussels and Dubai. Until recently the Corinthia


Hotel London was headed by general manger Thomas Fis- cher, who joined in 2015. Mat- thew Dixon, the opening gen- eral manager of the hotel and now commercial director of the group, is currently running the hotel in an interim role.


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Thomas Kochs leaves Hotel Café Royal for Corinthia Hotel London


Leading hotelier will take over as managing director of the five-red-AA-star property in the near future


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