Burnley-based Kerian Barnes joins Starboard’s main board

Kerian Barnes Starboard Hotles Operations DirectorSTARBOARD Hotels has announced the appointment of Kerian Barnes as its new operations director.

Based at the Holiday Inn Express, Burnley, and Starboard’s head office in London, she has joined the five-strong executive board headed by managing director Paul Callingham.

The appointment underpins the current UK wide expansion of the company’s hospitality portfolio. Earlier this year, Starboard acquired the Best Western Carlton in Blackpool and Ibis hotels in Plymouth, Gatwick, Birmingham, Leicester and Sheffield.

Starboard also owns further properties including the Holiday Inn Express, Greenock and Days Inn Wetherby.

Kerian (pictured), who first joined Starboard in 2012 as general manager at Burnley’s Holiday Inn Express, will oversee operational activity for the business, including the refurbishment  and repositioning of the of the hotels throughout next year.

“These are exciting times for the company and I am delighted to be part of the senior management team here at Starboard Hotels,” she said. “This is a dynamic, go ahead business and we are building a strong team both in terms of our hotel staff and our suppliers.”

“I am very excited about the appointment of Kerian as new  Operations Director for Starboard,” added Callingham.

“With her strength and key focus being in training and development and her eye for operational cost control, I believe that moving forward, Kerian will contribute furthermore to the strategic expansion plans of the Starboard portfolio.”

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