Simon Mackaness’ principal achievement has been to create and develop the business at Rudding Park. This includes a holiday park, self-catering properties, golf course, conference and banqueting venue, hotel and spa. The business has always maintained the highest standards and the profits are continually re-invested in the business. For the last 3 years, the hotel has been rated by TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards as The No.1 Hotel in the UK and the marketing through TripAdvisor is fundamentally important to the success of the privately owned hotel which does not have the benefit of the economy of scale of a hotel group. Simon is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with KPMG in London. Prior to Rudding Park, he worked for Cawood Holdings plc specialising in the wholesaling of coal and oil, building materials and aggregates. He joined Lampways, a wholesale distributor of lamps based in Bradford, as Finance Director and later Chairman, until the Company was sold.