The Vineyard Group - Hotel Management Services - Hotel Management Company
The Vineyard Group - Hotel Management Services - Hotel Management Company

Our Team

Some of the industry's most respected practitioners, including Hotelier of the Year 2009, bring a rare combination of experience in 3,4 and 5 star operations and in particular businesses which require a food and beverage focus.


Andrew McKenzie
Managing Director

  • Current role: 20 years
  • Shire Hotels - 8 years - General Manager
  • Thistle Hotels - 4 years - General Manager
  • Intercontinental - 2 years - Assistant Manager
  • DeVere Hotels - 2 years - Assistant Manager
  • Fellow, Institute of Hospitality
  • Chairman, Master Innholders
    (UK’s Hotel Managers Association)
  • ‘Hotelier of the Year’ 2008/2009


Brad Wilkinson
Group Finance Director

  • Current role: 10 years
  • Ian Schrager London Ltd - 5 years - Regional Financial Controller
  • Inter-Continental Hotels - 10 years - Assistant Financial Controller and Operations Analyst, European Properties
  • 2008 BAHA Departmental Award for Financial Development and Education


Ben Danielsen
Group Operations Director

  • Current role: 2 years
  • Time with The Vineyard Group 9 years
  • The Vale Resort 2.5 years - General Manager
  • Bowood Resort 1 year - General Manager
  • Crowne a Plaza Resort Colchester 1 year - General Manager
  • Hunderfossen Hotel & Resort 2 years - General Manager


Sarah Prankerd
Director of Marketing and Sales

Kara Hackett
  • Current Role: 1 year
  • Richardson Hotels - 1 year – Head of Group Sales & Marketing
  • Woolacombe Bay Hotel – 2 years – Sales & Marketing Manager
  • Bibury Court – 3 years – Sales & Marketing Manager


Kara Hackett
Marketing and Sales Consultant

Kara Hackett
  • Current Role: 5 years
  • Mason Rose - 1 year – Senior Leisure Account Manager
  • Von Essen hotels - 3 years – Account Director Leisure
  • Von Essen hotels – 5 years – Director of Sales
  • Cliveden – 2 years – Director of Sales
  • The Royal Crescent – 4 years – Sales Manager


Matthew Robotham
Group Revenue Manager

  • Current Role: 2 years
  • Galleon Hotels and Emaina Estates - 1 Year - Group Revenue Manager
  • Desborough Hotels - 1 Year - Cluster Revenue Manager
  • Taplow House Hotel - 3 Years - Front of House & Revenue Manager
  • Heckfeild Place - 3 Years - Reception Manager
  • Nike Group Hotels - Graduate Trainee Manager
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Revenue Management


Emma Jenkins
Human Resources Director

  • Current role: 9 years
  • Barcelo Hotels & Resorts - 2 years - Personnel and Training Manager
  • KCI Medical UK - 2 years - Head Office UK, HR/Maternity Cover of Southern Ireland
  • DeVere Venues - 10 years - Human Resources/ Assistant Manager/Front of House Manager
  • Oxford Brookes Business School Alumni
  • CIPD Qualified/Member


Neil Alder-Hindon
Group Property Manager

  • Current role: 1 year
  • Responsible for the mechanical, electrical, project management and building services for all group properties
  • Masters degree in Engineering (electronic and mechanical)
  • City and Guilds 2382-10 17th Edition
  • Health and Safety Management
  • NVQ Horticulture level 3
  • NEBOSH
  • APM Certification


Robby Jenks
Head Chef

  • Current role: 1 year
  • Amberley Castle Hotel - 2 years - Head Chef
  • Gidleigh Park Hotel - 2 years - Senior Sous Chef
  • Whatley Manor Hotel - 1 year - Chef de Partie


James Hocking
Group Wine Director

  • Current role: 18 years
  • The Seafood Restaurant Group -2 years - Beverage Manager/Buyer
  • Oddbins - 3 years - Area Corporate Manager
  • Regular contributer to: Decanter magazine, Harpers Wine & Spirit, Square Meal Sommelier Awards, International Wine Challenge, Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma
  • International Wine Challenge Specialist Merchant of the Year 2006, 2007, 2008