Ex-Champneys MD Ray Payne joins Topaz
Ex-Champneys managing director Ray Payne has joined spa consultancy Topaz to head up a new contract management division. Payne left Champneys in June after 12 years with the resort and day spa group. He has joined Topaz as a director and will run Topaz Management Services, a new division that will focus exclusively on the hospitality, spa and wellness sectors to offer a contractual management service along with management and marketing consultancy services. Payne joins existing Topaz directors Andrew Hammond and Mike Fitch, who also organise the Spa Life conference. Payne said: 'I had originally planned to set up on my own as a consultant but on seeing the diverse range of business activities that Topaz is involved with, I decided to approach them with the idea of creating a dedicated arm of the business which would focus on providing management services to the hospitality sector. I am looking forward to developing Topaz Management Services to the benefit of other businesses.' Hammond said: 'People of Ray's calibre are few and far between so when he approached us recently to discuss some ideas on how to develop our own services we were only too happy to listen. We are very excited about taking this new venture forward and working with hotel owners to assist them in developing their assets and spa business.'