Wyboston Lakes Resort has promoted Simon McMahon to the position of Director of Operations. He will oversee all the assets at the 400-bedroom Resort, including the recently refurbished Waterfront Hotel, Y Spa, 18-hole golf course and 60,000 sq ft of serviced offices.
This is in addition to the Resort’s two residential business venues –The Woodlands Event Centre and The Willows Training Centre – that he has managed for many years. He will now manage a team of more than 250 people, which is anticipated to top 300 again in the coming months given the strong year ahead.
Steve Jones, Managing Director of Wyboston Lakes Resort, said: “Simon has truly earned his promotion to this position. It is a role we have reintroduced to enable us to continue growing exponentially in the coming years given all we have planned both on site at our Resort and across the UK supporting other meetings and serviced office-led businesses. It is testimony to his talent, hard work and outstanding contribution to the business, particularly during a crucial and challenging time for the MICE industry, that he has earned this promotion and I am so pleased at all he has achieved for himself.”
McMahon joined Wyboston Lakes Resort in 2012 after working for Marriott Hotels, Radisson and Princess Cruises. Following multiple promotions over the last decade he was promoted to General Manager of the resort’s two venues, a role he has held since 2018. During this time, he has overseen multi-million-pound renovations of both venues, repositioning them and winning several awards for the service and standards now offered.
McMahon sits on the European Board for the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) and was also recently recognised as part of the ‘Best Events and Operations Team’ in the Meetings Industry Association’s (mia) highly sought-after miaList 2021. Along with the team, McMahon was credited for their work in getting the business ready for reopening after lockdown, launching the resort’s comprehensive Covid Policy, running a Government Pilot event, and engaging and training staff to bring them back from furlough.
McMahon added: “I have been fortunate enough to work for Wyboston Lakes for almost 10 years in several different roles and I am extremely proud to take on this new role. The opportunity to work across all our venues and bring the operations teams together as we move into a promising new era for the business is very exciting and I can’t wait to get started.”