Chief Executive, Crieff Hydro and Chairman of STA
Stephen Leckie (51) is Chief Executive of Crieff Hydro and the fifth generation of his family to run this hotel and estate since the doors opened on Scotland’s maiden hydropathic establishment in 1868: the company is now the oldest trading registered company in Scotland. Since taking the helm in 1994, Stephen has marshalled more than £40 million of investment to transform the property into a true leisure resort which competes on the international stage.
The family has now expanded and Crieff Hydro Limited now own or manage the following eleven hotels, along with the operation of The Peel Café at Glentress and the management of Frank Thomson of Crieff – a retail shop in the centre of the town, first established in 1902, specializing in ironmongery, sporting equipment and clothing and a wide range of household, culinary and kitchen equipment:-
Crieff Hydro Hotel
Murraypark Hotel, Crieff
Peebles Hydro Hotel
Park Hotel, Peebles
Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish
Caledonia Hotel, Oban
Yorkshire Hotel, Harrogate
Kings House Hotel, Glencoe
Green Hotel, Kinross
Windlestrae Hotel, Kinross
Stephen is in his 6th year as Chairman of the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), the acknowledged Tourism Industry Leadership Group, which leads on industry matters and acts as the ear and the representative the voice of the industry to all.
As well as being an active member of the British Hospitality Association and former Chairman of the Scotland Committee, he also chairs the Tourism Scotland 2020 (TS2020) strategy group that sits under the umbrella of the STA. The strategy group is comprised of business leaders from across the tourism industry both in the private and public sector. The core purpose is to determine, recommend, monitor and review specific actions that will both ensure sustainability of the sector and deliver the strategic growth ambition aspired to.
Passionate about and committed to tourism in Scotland, in November 2013 Stephen was presented with the VisitScotland Scottish Thistle Award for his outstanding contribution to this industry. Also, during 2014 he was presented with The Herald Scottish Family Business Award – Outstanding Contribution and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce / Scottish Business Honours – Entrepreneur of the Year. In addition, in 2015 he was chosen as the Courier Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year.
A past President and Director of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce and former Chairman of the Crieff Community Council, he is a Board member of the Crieff Business Improvement District (BID) Steering Group and a Deputy Lieutenant for Perth and Kinross.
Stephen is also a Director and joint owner of Strathearn Engineering Ltd – Land Rover specialists based in Auchterarder.
Wife, Fiona, is a Director of Crieff Hydro and Head of Projects and Interiors, who, with the family of four, share Stephen’s varied interests. Amongst these he numbers classic cars and Land Rovers, piping, skiing, trials biking and sailing.