Boutique hotel, Jesmond Dene House has recently appointed Barbara Gubbins as corporate ambassador following her recent departure from the charity world. Barbara has developed strong networks with North East businesses through her fundraising activities and marketing career and the hotel group are looking to use her expertise to help build and expand their corporate client base. A refurbishment programme and creation of a new outdoor area for events is currently in progress at the hotel and Barbara’s appointment will help share this news to the business community.
Barbara stepped down as Chief Executive of County Durham Community Foundation at the end of 2017 and has set up as an independent adviser to support business development with companies and charity clients.
Having developed a strong network of corporate relationships over her career, Barbara understands that relationships are the key to success – whether that be a charity or a business. Creating partnerships is what motivates her and making sure that they work for both parties to deliver the best outcomes.
Peter Candler owner of Jesmond Dene House said:
“I’ve known Barbara for a number of years now and we have always worked well together. I know how well respected she is and thought that could only add value to our business. We have made a big commitment to ensure our customers have the best experience when they come to Jesmond Dene House with our current refurbishment investment programme and the addition of Barbara to the team will help us to spread this message to her corporate connections, promote our business offers and support our events co-ordination team.”
Jesmond Dene House has also developed an outdoor wedding space with circular stage, BBQ pit and bar area but it is planned to make this available for corporate events and other activities. And Barbara has recently trained as a Celebrant so she will be performing the hotel weddings, vow renewals and naming ceremonies