Murray, who is president of the Hospitality Professionals Association HOSPA, was appointed managing director at the hotel in 1997. His last day in the role was 31 December 2021.
As managing director, Murray helped to develop the hotel from AA Four Black Stars to AA Five Red Stars with a Michelin starred restaurant and an award-winning spa. He became Chairman of the venue in 2010.
The Hotel is a member of Relais & Chateaux and Pride of Britain. In addition to 42 bedrooms and suites, the hotel now has six deluxe cottages with two more opening this year.
His awards include an MBE for services to the hospitality industry, Catey Hotelier of the Year, AA Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award, an Honorary MBA at The University of West London, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor at the University of Essex.
“My time at Lucknam Park has been an enjoyable and memorable journey and any success I have achieved both personally and at the hotel is due to the full support of the owners, directors, and a highly motivated and skilled team,” he says.
“I depart with a feeling of great pride as the hotel was recently named UK’s Best Hotel in Conde Nast 2021 Readers Choice Award. I wish the owners, directors and the team continued success.”
Murray will continue as president of HOSPA, as an ambassador and patron at Hospitality Action, Springboard, Be Inclusive Hospitality, Institute of Hospitality, and the Hoteliers Guild.
He will also continue supporting UK Hospitality and remain in his position as a governor of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.