Cardiff’s Angel Hotel has appointed a familiar face to step into its most senior position.

Former operations manager Richard Smith has been promoted to general manager of the Cairn Group-owned 102-bedroom hotel in the heart of the Welsh capital.

Finding his love for travel at a young age, Richard went on to study hospitality management at university and has worked at key events from the Silverstone Grand Prix to Wimbledon, before moving into hotels.

Originally from Southampton, 32-year-old Richard relocated to Wales in 2012 and has been part of the Angel Hotel team for seven years. He originally joined as food and beverage manager, and most recently worked as operations manager.

He said: “To step into the role of general manager at The Angel Hotel is a dream come true. I’ve grown to love this hotel and know it inside out, so it feels really special to get my big break and first general manager position. I’ve hit the ground running as we approach the busy festive period and plan for an exciting New Year.”

Cairn Group’s HR director Richard Adams, added: “At Cairn Group we highly value our people and we recognised Richard’s talent and passion. We are thrilled to see him step up as general manager and have every confidence he will lead the team to great things.”

The Angel Hotel is part of The Cairn Collection, a collection of signature properties located across the UK. For more information visit www.thecairncollection.co.uk/hotels/cardiff/the-angel/.