EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENT: TRAVELODGE APPOINTS NANDO’S JULIA ROSAMOND AS NEW HR DIRECTOR
7th Jul 2014
Travelodge, the UK’s largest independent hotel chain, is pleased to announce the appointment of Julia Rosamond as the company’s new HR Director. Julia joins Britain’s iconic value hotel brand from Nando’s.
Over the last fifteen years Julia has been instrumental in helping to develop one of the UK’s best known and fastest growing restaurant groups, recognised for its brand personality and focus on people. As HR Director, Julia led the creation of Nando’s approach to recruitment and training, helping the company grow to more than 300 restaurants, employing 10,000 people. The strength of Nando’s approach to people led to it being ranked first in the Sunday Times Best Companies to work for list in 2010.
Prior to joining Nando’s, Julia was HR Director at Pelican Group, the operator of Café Rouge and Dome, after an early career at Rank, where roles included HR Director of its branded restaurants division.
Julia will join the Travelodge team on the 6th October 2014 and will report to Travelodge’s Chief Executive, Peter Gowers.
Peter Gowers, Travelodge Chief Executive said:
“We’re delighted that Julia will be joining the Travelodge team. Julia brings great experience in developing distinctive brands through people and her role will be vital in our transformation, as we build a new Travelodge with the aim to become Britain’s favourite hotel for value.”
Julia Rosamond said:
“I’m excited to be joining Travelodge at such an important time in the company’s development. With the hotel modernisation programme well underway and fantastic people across the business, we’re in a great position to grow. I’m really looking forward to helping place people at the heart of everything we do as we continue to strengthen the service we offer for our customers.”
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The first budget hotel brand to launch in the UK in 1985, Travelodge has expanded beyond its traditional roadside hotel network into more key city centre and leisure locations, and today operates over 500 hotels and 38,000 rooms across the UK, Ireland and Spain.
Approximately 17 million people stayed with Travelodge last year and 85% of all reservations are currently made online atwww.travelodge.co.uk, which is one of the UK’s top five most visited travel websites, attracting over 1.2 million visits each week.
The company has recently embarked on a strategy to become Britain’s favourite hotel for value. As part of this programme, Travelodge has invested £57 million into modernising its hotels across the UK. As part of the make-over, the Company has replaced all of its existing beds with a bespoke king size luxurious Travelodge Dreamer bed. Also Travelodge has recently launched a £25 million advertising campaign which has been designed to inspire Britain to get up and go.