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At the Gainford Group, we take pride in the people that make our businesses work. It is their diverse set of skills, personalities and experiences that make us who we are.

Susan Khaliq
Susan Khaliq
- Founder
In 1995 Susan Khaliq opened her first care home and founded the company known today as the Gainford Group. Susan is still very hands-on, involved in every aspect of the business which has grown from care homes, nurseries to an ever-growing plethora of bars, restaurants and hotels.
Imran Khaliq
Imran Khaliq
- Managing Director
Imran Khaliq joined the company in 2008 initially focusing on the healthcare service. Over the last ten years, Imran has also grown the hospitality, leisure and childcare offering and as Managing Director oversees all group activity. His focus for the organisation, which employs over 2,500 people, includes huge growth plans, especially in the leisure sector. This growth includes ongoing investments, acquisitions, and the bolstering of the team, which continues to grow in talent.
Yasser Khaliq
Yasser Khaliq
- Marketing Director
Marketing Director Yasser Khaliq joined the company in 2002 and has been the focal point for all marketing campaigns.   
Mark Gubbins
Mark Gubbins
- Operations Director
Having vast financial experience in the leisure industry, Mark uses his expertise gained from working in the leisure industry to focus on operations, site support and ensuring day-to-day operations consistently reach the highest standards.
Glenn Martin
Glenn Martin
- Finance Director
Glenn Martin has been with the company since 2002 as Finance Director playing a pivotal role as the business has grown from just one care home. With vast experience in the healthcare sector, Glenn ensures that the finance operation runs efficiently.   
Nigel Fleming
Nigel Fleming
- Development Director
Nigel joined the business in 2018 as Development Director. He spent over 7 years as a Partner within Knight Franks Residential Development team working on some of London’s most exclusive developments. This enabled him to build extensive experience consulting on large-scale mix-used developments, master site planning and early stage feasibility studies. His core task is to drive Gainford Group’s ambitious growth and future investment strategies.
Donna Ellis
Donna Ellis
- Central Office Manager
Donna Ellis has been with the company since 2002. As Office Manager, Donna is the HR and legal heartbeat of Gainford Group whilst also overseeing all other aspects of the business.  
Leanne Kell
Leanne Kell
- Accounts Manager
Leanne Kell, Accounts Manager, runs a team of ten experts. Head-office based in Chester-Le-Street, she works across every site providing the KPI's that shape the business.
Ken Thompson
Ken Thompson
- Executive Group Chef
Key new appointment Ken Thompson has joined as Executive Group Chef. Ken has held many senior positions but is best known for his influence at 21 Hospitality. Ken's role oversees all things food across Gainford Group’s bars, restaurants, hotels, care homes and nurseries.
Magazines

Gainford Group

The Gainford Group magazine showcases our range of city centre hotels and bars and shines a light on what makes them the stars of Newcastle's nightlife and hospitality scene.

Magazines
County Hotel Magazine Front Cover
County Hotel Magazine Front Cover
Vermont Hotel Magazine Front Cover
Vermont Hotel Magazine Front Cover