Gary Gifford Named General Manager of Hospitality

Sarum College is pleased to announce the appointment* of Gary Gifford as General Manager of Hospitality.

In this role, Mr Gifford oversees the profitable and effective delivery of the conferencing, accommodation and catering services in keeping with the ethos and charitable objectives. As a member of the College Leadership Team he shares in the vision, values and strategic planning and contributes to business development of across all areas of Sarum College.

‘I am eager to work with colleagues at Sarum College to develop the hospitality offer to its full potential,’ says Gifford, who has 16 years experience as operations manager in the private healthcare sector, following a 22- year career in the British Army. ‘Sarum College is a wonderful venue set in the beautiful Salisbury Cathedral Close with much to offer individuals and groups.’

‘I am delighted to welcome Gary to Sarum College and to the College Leadership Team as we work together to build business and develop our work,’ says The Rev Canon Professor James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College. ‘Along with distinctive skills and knowledge of hospitality sector, Gary is a strategic thinker who understands the importance of personal attention and delivering high standards of customer service.’

Like many organisations, Sarum has been deeply affected by the financial consequences of the closure of our buildings for public safety, and the need to adapt our systems and learning offer to the current environment.

‘Confirmation of this post, and that of the Director of Academic Development, is an affirmation of the College’s commitment to adapt and indeed thrive in the new environment,’ says Professor Woodward.

Mr Gifford took up the role of General Manager of Hospitality on a half-time basis on 1 June 2020, moving to full-time on 1 August 2020.  

Confirmation in post is subject to completion of safeguarding checks.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Christine Nielsen-Craig, director of Marketing and Communications, 01722 424812.

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