A hospitality guru from Bute has been appointed to a high-profile role at The Prince of Wales’s new charity.
Louis MacCallum from Rothesay, has been appointed director of commercial at The Prince’s Foundation, which is based at Dumfries House in Ayrshire. The estate is the former second home of the Marquess of Bute, whose premier residence was Mount Stuart, where Louis, an altar boy while at St Andrews Primary School before studying at Rothesay Academy, served when the family was in residence.
Louis, now 62, began his formal career as trainee manager at The Grosvenor Hotel in Glasgow’s West End before working in Ayrshire at venues, including Troon’s Marine Hotel, Ayr Racecourse, and Enterkine Country House.
“While working at Enterkine, some residents involved in the purchase of Dumfries House invited our team to serve at dinners on the estate,” explained Louis.
“In the months after the transfer of ownership, I would bring my chef and staff from Enterkine to work at Dumfries House and, eventually, I was offered a full-time position. In the six years since, I have been proud to lead the hospitality operation on the estate, taking charge of weddings, dinners, conferences and meetings at the house as well as looking after 200-seater Coach House Café, the beautiful Woodlands restaurant, the five-star Dumfries House Lodge bed and breakfast facility, and the visitor centre and shop.”
The Prince’s Foundation, incorporated earlier this month, is headquartered at Dumfries House, which was saved for the nation in 2007 by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, who spent £20 million of his charitable foundation’s money to secure the future of Dumfries House and use it to help people engage in learning experiences that promote confidence and personal development as well as offer training in real-life skills to open up future employment opportunities.
“I have relished the opportunity to have played my part in the evolution of Dumfries House estate and to have helped grow the team here,” said Louis.
“I’m looking forward to my new role overseeing the wide range of commercial operations within The Prince’s Foundation and helping the charity broaden its scope to help improve the lives of as many people as possible.”
The Prince’s Foundation, established to sustain the legacy of many of The Prince of Wales’s charities, will focus on delivering work to improve the built environment, save heritage and promote culture, and run community education projects across the UK in a broad range of subject areas, including traditional arts and science, heritage, design and architecture, horticulture, health and personal care.