Experienced hotelier joins Monkbar’s sales team

An experienced hotelier who has spent all but one of her working years in the industry has joined a York city centre venue’s sales and marketing team.

Kate Gillyon has been appointed sales co-ordinator at the Best Western Monkbar Hotel, which is nearing the final stages of a £3m upgrade programme.

Kate began her career in the Regency Park Hotel, in Thatcham, Berkshire, in 2002, completing a trainee management programme two years later.

In 2005 she moved to East Yorkshire, and took up a position at the Beverley Arms Hotel, before spending four years as assistant reception manager at Hull’s De Vere Village Hotel.

In 2011 she became reception manager at the Hull Ramada Jarvis Hotel. Prior to her joining the Monkbar Hotel she was reception manager at a four star York hotel.

Monkbar Hotel sales manager Nikki Brannan said: “We are delighted to welcome Kate on board, at what is without doubt a very exciting time for the Monkbar Hotel.

“Kate has a wealth of experience within the hotel trade, which is exactly what we were looking for in our new sales co-ordinator.

“She will be responsible for selling the hotel and its services to a wide range of customers, including conference organisers, booking agents and couples getting married.”

Kate said: “I’m very much looking forward to the challenge this opportunity will give me. In the short time I’ve been here I’ve been made to feel very welcome indeed.

“When the refurbishment is complete the hotel will look absolutely fantastic, which will certainly help me in my job!” 

The Monkbar Hotel was purchased in 2007 by Shiva Hotels, which owns venues in London, Derby and Manchester, and recently opened two Hampton by Hilton hotels at Waterloo and Gatwick. 

Kate Gillyon

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