Andrew Foulkes, the 38-year-old general manager of the Abbey Hotel, Bath, has been described as a ‘lynchpin’ in his contribution to the success of the hotel over the last 12 months.
Since joining in September 2014, Foulkes’ vibrant creativity, strong focus on his team, relationship building in the community and strategic thinking has seen the Abbey Hotel achieve incredible growth.
From the top line revenue through to the EBITDA profitability, the growth of the team, the pop-up ski bar which is reinvented and gets bigger and better each year, and the introduction of the garden terrace and ‘food fiesta’, the hotel’s stability seems stronger than ever. Leading from the front for the past year, Foulkes has created a dynamic and flexible team which focuses on the guests, and has built up strong connections in the local area of Bath, maximising on the city’s events’ calendar to wide acclaim.
He has also overseen the refurbishment of the 42 bedrooms and bathrooms at the hotel, plus the creation of two new bedrooms, the ‘Igloo’, the Abbey’s new events space, new office and staff spaces and the introduction of a new private dining area. Foulkes is people focused, committed to developing and mentoring future talent, forward thinking and continually stretches the boundaries of creativity and delivers this on a daily basis.
Working with local charities, building local community networks and pushing himself both professionally and personally, are all at the heart of everything he does. “It is people who make the industry,” he says, “and I just want to make a significant contribution.”