ONE of the area’s leading businessmen has appointed a new chief executive to oversee the running of his empire.
Wynyard tycoon Sir John Hall has brought in Paul Mackings as chief executive of Cameron Hall Developments, with the continued growth and development of Wynyard Hall as one of his key tasks.
Wynyard Hall has become one of the Tees Valley’s biggest success stories in recent years, with the hotel and wedding facilities helping post an 800 per cent growth year-on-year according to the latest figures.
Now Mr Mackings, 49, is looking to continue that growth, as well as overseeing other projects under the Cameron Hall Developments umbrella.
Mr Mackings, who lives in Cleadon Village, South Tyneside, with wife Vivienne, started his career in waste recycling before moving into nursing homes and the leisure sector.
He was also involved with West Hartlepool Rugby Club, before moving to Newcastle Falcons as chief executive at the Premiership side. He is also a well-known rugby referee in the area.
The father-of-two, who is based at Wynyard Hall, is now fully focused on taking Cameron Hall Developments forward.
He said: “I met Sir John through my work at the Newcastle Falcons, and I was delighted to take on this new challenge with Cameron Hall Developments.
“The firm is on a sound footing, there are projects in the pipeline and it is my aim to develop the whole portfolio across the board.
“The economic climate is difficult at the moment in any sector, but there are short, medium and long-term plans in place to manage our way through that and be ready for when the markets recover.
“In the meantime, we have to keep the business performing.”
Sir John insists he is not taking a backseat in the business which saw the creation of the MetroCentre, but feels the time is right to gradually start “handing over the baton”.
Mr Mackings added: “Sir John is a visionary, he always has been and has proved that with the projects he has carried out over the years.
“He has more energy than some people half his age. He will continue to put the ideas forward, and my job as a chief executive is to take them forward.”
Sir John, 78, said: “I am delighted to appoint Paul, and look forward to working with him to take the business forward.
“It is all about planning ahead, we have plans for property developments and a boutique hotel on the outskirts of Newcastle, so despite the challenging financial climate we are continuing to push on.”