With plans well underway for the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Sheffield in early summer 2023, RBH Hospitality Management (RBH) has appointed Louise O’Reilly as general manager.

Louise initially joined RBH in 2002 and brings a wealth of industry experience to this role having previously managed five hotels within RBH. Adept in successful hotel launches and understanding the needs of a brand, her tenacity and drive saw her crowned Hilton’s Focus Service EMEA General Manager of the Year in 2021 for her consistently strong performance across all key areas of hospitality management including her adaptable approach, team ethos, commercial and operational expertise, and customer satisfaction.

Located just outside Sheffield City Centre on the doorstep of the Waverley Nature Reserve, the hotel offers a fantastic base from which to explore Sheffield and beyond. Suited to both the business and leisure guests, the contemporary 150-bedroom hotel will include modern guestrooms, the all-day dining ‘Aspen Restaurant & Bar’ with outdoor terrace open to local residents, a fitness center and meeting facility with the latest state-of-the-art technology.

Louise said: “I am excited to open the first Marriott-branded hotel in Sheffield. The operational strategy is crucial for a successful launch, and we will be running a dedicated recruitment campaign to find the right team of talented and passionate hospitality professionals, which will offer 38 full-time jobs in the local market. Given our proximity to the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), which is located right across the road, this appointment also offers many opportunities for me to collaborate with local businesses.”

Louise will spearhead the recruitment campaign over the coming months and has already appointed key members of the management team including Megan Coakley as director of sales, Joanne Cocking as deputy general manager and financial controller Badar Huda. The appointment of the wider team is underway.

David Hart, RBH’s CEO said: “Louise’s appointment is a key milestone in the opening journey. She is the perfect strategic fit for this property and has already started the process of developing a fantastic local team. We are delighted to be expanding the RBH portfolio with a quality branded hotel into the city of Sheffield. Under Louise’s experienced hand, the hotel will play an active part in promoting Sheffield as a tourist and business destination.”

The Courtyard by Marriott Sheffield is set to open in early Summer 2023.