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Kristian Campbell

General Manager, Crieff Hydro Hotel & Resort

  • What was your favourite subject at school? 

Geography & Design technology 

  • What was your first job? 

Coffee boy in an Italian restaurant ‘Pizza Margarita’  

  • Which is your favourite restaurant /hotel? 

Too many to mention really we are spoilt in Scotland. Worth a mention though are Ballathie House, Gleneagles (of course) Taypark House, Dundee & Little Italy, St Andrews.

  • How do you inspire your team

Giving a clear goal so all aiming for the same and understanding why, Get in about things and offer support, Humour, and try and have a laugh, try to remember to say Thank you and well done and not just focus on the negatives.

  • Which person in hospitality have you most admired / inspired you? 

Marmite but Gordon Ramsay in his early days, Biggest impact was a previous General manager at Crieff Hydro Chris Dalton who ran a tight ship and many current GM and leaders in Scotland wouldn’t be where they are without Chris’s influence.

  • How do you manage your stress levels?

Golf! Which won’t be a surprise to many but the mixture of fresh air, exercise, good company and amazing views all help dealing with stress levels. Also time with my young family when you become ‘Daddy’ rather than the GM dealing with questions/issues and delegating.  I also try where possible to protect time to exercise before work which again I feel helps with mind set and getting ready for the busy day ahead.

  • Instagram, Twitter or Facebook – and why? 

Facebook mainly as useful to keep in touch with the vast amount of people and friends we meet working in such a fab industry.

  • If you had not gone into hospitality, where do you
    think you would be now

Maybe having joined the RAF as would have loved to travel and train to be a pilot.

  • What did you do on your last days off?

It was Mother’s day so a family day with kids rugby in the morning followed by a lunch with the family. Days off and holidays are so important and should be protected and ideally back to back. Gone are the days of not taking your time off being an accolade.

  • What do you do to relax, to support your wellbeing?

Same as response for stress above