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Claire Gamble

Group Director of Sales, Dakota Hotels

  • What was your favourite subject at school? I loved Art and Design, my teacher was very cool which helped!
  • What was your first job? It was a Saturday job in a Pancake Parlour, it was such a fun concept back then, home-made pancakes with a secret recipe and great coffee! That’s when I knew I had found my vocation!
  • Which is your favourite restaurant /hotel? Like so many of us in our industry I have been so lucky to travel the world and stay in great hotels and experience some great restaurants. I have so many favourite restaurants but in my home city of Glasgow, Dakota Grill of course! and Eusebis has to be up there as it’s a little piece of Italy in Glasgow and it reminds me of my Italian roots. My favourite hotel is 1 hotel in South Beach, Miami, a sustainable luxury hotel. Everything about this brand is beautiful and they focus on mindful moments such as recycled-wood keys and farm stands in each lobby.
  • How do you inspire your team. It is important to allow them to be themselves to achieve their potential. I am very lucky to be working with a team of people who believe as I do in the true values of hospitality and are passionate about what they do. I would like to say I am a good listener, approachable, encourage positivity and have fun…that’s so important in this industry as we all work really hard and long hours.
  • Which person in hospitality have you most admired / inspired you? This is a difficult one as I have been so lucky to meet some amazing people over the years who have all influenced my journey in some way. I do have to thank Beverly Payne for being my first Hotel Boss, fresh out of university giving me the opportunity at One Devonshire Gardens and guiding me through my first few years.
  • How do you manage your stress levels? I always have a ‘to do’ list as my role is so varied day to day and it can be challenging prioritizing tasks. I also like to think of the big picture and that any stressful situation at work can be fixed somehow with the help of the team around you.
  • Instagram, Twitter or Facebook – and why? My favourite social platforms are Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. I have so many friends and clients south of the border and around the world, it’s a great way to keep in touch.
  • If you had not gone into hospitality, where do you think you would be now? Definitely working for a luxury brand with the opportunity to travel, much like the role I have now. Who knows maybe an Interior Designer or working in the Fashion/Retail industry!
  • What did you do on your last days off? My hubby and I had a dinner party, we love to cook! There is nothing better than planning the menu , opening a bottle of wine, popping our favourite tunes on and light my favourite candles (it’s the simple things). I also met up with my family, typical Scots/Italian’s all talking at once, lots of laughter and of course food is always centre stage.
  • What do you do to relax, to support your wellbeing? I would be lost without my Spin Bike, I find myself in a different zone when I am working hard on a spin class. I also love walking my dog Bouncer, seeing him run and play makes me smile every day, he is definitely a stress buster.