A York hotel accountant is “chequing out” for the final time after 25 years in the fiscally-important post.
During her time at the Best Western Monkbar Hotel, Angela Hildred – who joined the establishment a few months after opening – has given sage financial advice to six general managers.
And in that time, the hotel, which began life as the 49-bedroomed Russell Hotel, has not only had a change of name, but also a change of owners who are currently investing £3m in a programme of expansion and improvements.
On completion, the city centre hotel will boast 125 bedrooms, seven “flexible” function rooms and a new food & beverage experiences for residential guests, diners and conference delegates alike.
Angela said: “I will take with me a lot of very happy memories of the Monkbar Hotel and all the great people I have worked with. It has been my ‘home’ for a quarter-of-a-century and the staff are like family to me.
“The hotel has changed beyond all recognition from its opening months and I’m delighted to see it going from strength to strength.
“Yes, I’ll miss the place and the people very much, but I’m looking forward to my retirement and spending plenty of quality time with my husband.”
Monkbar Hotel general manager Graham Usher said: “Angela is our longest serving member of staff and will be missed by all of us here.
“She has been a fantastic accountant and her experience and knowledge has been invaluable to me. We wish her a very long and happy retirement.”
The Monkbar Hotel was purchased in 2007 by Shiva Hotels, which owns venues in London, Derby, Manchester and Coventry, and recently opened two Hampton by Hilton hotels at Waterloo and Gatwick.