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Five people who’ve worked at Rockliffe for five years

It’s almost been five years since Rockliffe Hall first opened its doors as a hotel back on the 23rd November 2009. As we approach our fifth anniversary, we meet five team members who have been here since it all began!

Pete Newton, Golf Course Manager
Length of service: 6 Years 8 Months

Even though Rockliffe Hall is approaching its fifth birthday, Pete has been fortunate enough to have been here over six and a half years due to the building and creation of our championship golf course,  when Pete joined as Head Greenkeeper, so Pete really has seen Rockliffe rise from the ground up.

Pete’s first memory of Rockliffe Hall was looking at the hole in the ground where the swimming pool was going to be. Now, almost five years on, it’s a world class, award-winning spa. The whole resort has been an eye opener, from the hotel to hotel grounds and, especially for Pete, the golf course.

Pete truly believes that the success of the golf course has been better than he could have anticipated- with new grasses on the greens that the team are growing, to managing the massive areas of fairways and roughs. The team has been rewarded for its hard work with the addition of two European Senior Tour events which have received worldwide acclaim and Rockliffe Hall, as a golf course, is now getting a name for itself on the golfing map.

From working at high end courses, including Marriott Forest of Arden and the Belfry, coming to a new build in the North of England was a bit out of Pete’s comfort zone, but he wanted to progress and test himself at the next level. Pete knows Rockliffe has let him do this by encouraging him to develop his skills both on the course and from a management perspective which has been greatly helped by some super staff in other departments. This has helped Pete achieve his recent promotion to Course Manager. Ever modest, Pete says he could not have done this without the help of his team who have encouraged him as much as he encourages them.

“The great thing about working at Rockliffe Hall is the team spirit both in my own department and across the resort. It’s what makes Rockliffe Hall what it is.”

 

Julie Murray, Financial Controller
Length of service: 5 Years 11 Months

Julie was part of the original team that opened Rockliffe Hall. As well as bringing a wealth of experience, Julie has developed her knowledge even further and created an experienced accounts team.

Everyone at Rockliffe Hall knows that Julie is also a HUGE Middlesbrough FC fan and has been a season ticket holder for a number of years- she never tires of seeing the team training at next door Rockliffe Park!

Julie always says that the best part of her job to date has been being part of the opening team. It was a tough time- purchasing and controlling all the opening requirements such as furniture, plant and machinery, computer equipment and start up materials- but it has been so rewarding watching the resort achieve its 5* status.

“I’ve been given incredible opportunities to shape a talented team in accounts, build and design our own, in-house accounts systems and being part of a resort-wide team that is driven by the best customer service.”

 

Kathryn Hancock, Human Resources Manager
Length of service: 5 Years 3 Months

Kathryn joined Rockliffe Hall as Human Resources manager in July 2009 as the resort began to take shape. Kathryn has recently gained chartered membership of the CIPD professional body, illustrating that in her role she can meet CIPD competencies, a well-recognised and important accolade within the industry.

Before joining Rockliffe Hall, Kathryn worked in Human Resources at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead and prior to that, spent some time in the USA working for Disney and for Loews Hotels in operational roles.

“I love working for Rockliffe Hall, mainly because of the team. They’re a team of great individuals who are friendly, professional and passionate about delivering outstanding service. I’m extremely proud to work for the North’s only 5 red star resort and hope I can remain a part of the team for another 5 years!”

 

Davy Cuthbertson, Golf & Estate Director
Length of Service: 6 Years, 11 Months

Davy is the longest serving member at Rockliffe Hall as he was the first official employee of Rockliffe Hall Limited. He was Initially approached in October 2007 when Rockliffe Hall was merely an idea and then from there went on to oversee the development and growth of the golf course as Golf Course and Estate Manager as well as the development of all gardens, lawns and estate boundaries.

Davy was also responsible for recruiting and developing both the green keeping and estate teams along with overseeing the construction of the maintenance facility and the purchasing of all suitable substantial machinery needed to maintain a championship Golf Course.

Davy previously worked at South Moor Golf Club for 11 years as second in command and then Course and Estate Manager at Slaley Hall hosting a number of European Tournament events for a further 11 years.

Within the last year Davy has been promoted to Golf and Estate Director with the responsibility of golf course, estate, along with golf operations and golf sales, including membership sales.

“As I was the first employee of Rockliffe Hall, and the time I have spent here, it has become like my home and the whole staff part of my family! We had visions of becoming a top 5 star hotel and golf resort before construction and feel very proud we have achieved our early goals and strive on now to improve and grow and be renowned throughout the country and perhaps around the globe!”

 

Angela Jackson, Clubhouse Manager
Length of service: 5 Years 1 Month

After spending 25 years living away from the North, 5 Years ago Angela relocated and has since never looked back!

In Angela’s previous working life she has been on a fantastic journey in the world of golf, having worked in some very exclusive golf clubs, including Highgate in North London, then over to Berkshire to a golf club which holds its ranking in the top 100 courses in England, being the events manager Angela organised golf days ranging from members days to Pro-Ams, inter club matches with prestigious clubs such as Wentworth, Sunningdale and Woburn.

During her time Angela has had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people such as Jamie Rednapp, Sir Steve Redgrave, Darcy Bussell, Ronnie Corbett and many top golfers, the most iconic being Seve Ballesteros…whom Angela said was an absolute gentleman!

On Angela’s return to the North she joined the Rockliffe Hall team as The Clubhouse Manager, which includes managing The Clubhouse Restaurant which provides traditional British favourites with a modern twist in a relaxing and informal environment. The Clubhouse makes a perfect dining venue to enjoy classic dishes and light bites, showcasing the best of locally sourced British ingredients. Over the years The Clubhouse has been open, it has flourished into a popular dining venue with local people and hotel guests, which is a testament to the hard work by Angela and her team.

Angela has also been a big part of our charity fundraising activities, including our Coast2Coast for three years running since its inception! Angela said it has had some great laughs, some amazing moments…tears and laughter along the way as well as injuries but best of all, created some amazing friendships. This is what makes Rockliffe Hall a very special place to work for Angela.

“The Clubhouse team are a great bunch, whom I hope I have influenced in all the right ways, and the members whom I have got to know over the years and are part of daily life of The Clubhouse. What I enjoy most about working at Rockliffe Hall is looking out of The Clubhouse window over our amazing golf course every day…..a view to die for…but it’s the people I work with that really does make it a very special place.”

 

Rockliffe Hall today employs 350 team members across our many departments. To find out about working at Rockliffe Hall visit our careers page or contact Kathryn Hancock on 01325 729971 or email kathryn@rockliffehall.com.