Monday, October 24th, 2011
THE York Mill has appointed John Langton as its new general manager.

He brings more than 20 years’ experience in hospitality to the role, particularly in the area of hotel operations, food and beverage and new development.

For most of his professional life, Mr Langton has worked in the South Pacific for leading hotel companies and private organisations and also has experience in stage production.

He arrived in WA in 2004 and was responsible for a new food and beverage section in a Margaret River hotel.

“I decided WA had a huge amount to offer domestic and international tourists,” the 40-year-old said.

Arriving in York in late 2009 as a consultant, Mr Langton subsequently became manager of the York Heritage Hotel and Terraces.

“I met the love of my life and decided to make York my home,” he said.

“It’s nice to be putting down roots and contributing to the local community, especially its economic development.

“I have a strong desire to see the numerous events once so important to York return to their rightful place in the town.

“Given my background in stage productions I feel York, The York Mill and I are an excellent fit.”

Mr Langton said it had been his desire since first arriving in the town to play a part in the history and development of The York Mill.

“York is WA’s oldest inland town, steeped in history, and a fascinating place to live with its diverse mix of residents – especially given the wealth of artistic talent across a variety of disciplines,” he said.

“I am keen to see the entire Wheatbelt region re-invigorated through the arts, events, productions and food and beverage under the banner of domestic and international tourism.

“What better site than The York Mill, with its rich heritage and expansive buildings, to achieve this?”

The York Mill owners Charlie Morgan and Caroline de Mori said Mr Langton had impressed them with his vast experience.

“Given his background, John will be invaluable to The York Mill and will play an integral role in ensuring it delivers our vision for it to be a vibrant visitor destination,” Ms de Mori said.

“We’re delighted by John’s appointment and are sure he will lead The York Mill into an exciting new chapter, further enhancing its reputation.”

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John Langton is the new general manager of The York Mill.

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The York Mill's Charles Morgan and Caroline de Mori

Current chair of the EON Foundation and LandCorp board member, Caroline de Mori is a former journalist who founded and managed two successful corporate communications businesses while Charles Morgan is a venture capitalist in the resources and mining sector.

He is a former WA Science and Innovation Council chairman and a philanthropist, recently donating a genome sequencing machine to the State.

They believe the York Mill, which they bought in April this year, is a good investment because it is one of the most iconic sites in the region.

“When the Mill came on the market, we felt there was a great opportunity to help preserve the town and the region's heritage while contributing to drawing visitors to the area so they could enjoy what’s on offer and benefit the regional economy,” Ms de Mori said.

She admits there are challenges ahead – and the main one is to create a centre of excellence for local and regional talent at the York Mill.

“We want to inspire day-trippers and weekenders to step out into the beautiful Avon Valley,” Ms de Mori said.

“It's only an hour from Perth and the York community is very active in organising lots of events and activities.

“It may sound old-fashioned but it's really a great day out for the whole family – nanna will enjoy it as much as the children, who can run around in the fresh country air.”
Sara Ronald
P: 0459 0277 70


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