Independent family-owned hotel group, the FJB Collection has announced the appointment of Philippa Thompson as general manager at the AA four-star Sandbanks Hotel in Poole, Dorset.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the hotel and hospitality industry, Philippa joins the hotel from Champneys, the luxury health spa hotel group, where she was general manager at the Forest Mere hotel from 2005.  Under Philippa’s management, Champneys Forest Mere gained several accolades including the Sunday Times Travel Magazine Readers’ Award 2011 for best UK spa, the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Award 2011 for favourite UK spa retreat as well as silver for best worldwide spa in the 2009 British Travel Awards.

Philippa has also worked for the hotel groups Macdonald, Marriott and Crest during her impressive career.

In her new role, Philippa will head an 80-strong team at The Sandbanks Hotel and her main responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects of the hotel operations including sales generation and increasing awareness to further establish The Sandbanks Hotel as one of the leading hotels in Poole, Bournemouth and beyond.

She says: “It’s great to be working with such a fantastic team at The Sandbanks Hotel – all dedicated to delivering a first-class experience to our guests.  As a family-friendly hotel in the FJB Collection, with direct access onto the renowned Blue Flag Sandbanks beach as well as an on-site Watersports Academy, I am very much looking forward to raising the profile of the hotel as well as providing the best possible service and facilities to guests visiting and staying with us.”

Michael Regenhardt, group operations director of the FJB Collection, adds: “We are delighted to welcome Philippa into the FJB family.  She brings extensive hospitality expertise and has a proven track record of successfully developing and managing hotel teams in highly competitive marketsPhilippa will be an asset to the hotel and our team.”