Oakman Inns appoints new COO in time for company expansion

Pub and restaurant group Oakman Inns & Restaurants has brought Dermot King on board as its new chief operating officer to aid the company’s expansion plans.

Currently a director at Bourne Leisure – £1 billion turnover leisure company – and managing director of Butlins, Mr King will join Oakman Inns in January 2019.

The company is predicting a busy future due to its planned rate of expansion and the securing of an asset-based investment platform. Due to these factors, its board, involving Joseph Evans, CFO, Alex Ford, operations director and Jill Scatchard, HR director, believed it was a suitable time to hire a COO.

Peter Borg-Neal, CEO and founder of Oakman Inns, said: “Once the decision had been taken to find a COO – Dermot was our first choice. We have had long discussions, and Dermot has run his critical eye over the business and I am delighted to say, he has agreed to join the business in this significant step on our ongoing journey.

“We felt the time was right to find someone who had the same level of customer focus as our team and who would understand our community and corporate ethos. We wanted someone who not only spoke our language but who would also bring something fresh to the table.

“I first met Dermot in November 2015 when he was the guest speaker at an industry director’s dinner. I was incredibly impressed by his clarity of thought, his energy and, of course, his remarkable track record.”

The ‘Oakman Collection’ comprises more than 20 distinctive all-day establishments across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

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