Our Team

May I take this opportunity to welcome you to the Westerlea and introduce you to myself and my team.

Raised and eductated in Nairn I started off in the hospitality industry in 1992 at the tender age of 14! From the ages of 14-19 I served my training in two of Nairn’s top hotels, The Newton and the Golf View, it was at this point when I came to work at the Westerlea under Stan & Karen Brown. Stan & Karen sold the Hotel in 2006 and the business continued under the new ownership, after a while they decided on a career change and put the Westerlea up for lease in 2012, I jumped at this opportunity and after building the business back up again I was able to realise my dream and buy my first hotel (The Westerlea!) in September 2015 at the age of 37!

Chris and his mum June

Lounge Bar

In the lounge bar you will find Louise, Kate and myself. Louise, a local girl who joined the Westerlea team in June 2017, is well regarded by the locals. Kate joined our team in March 2018 and has over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. Both girls are a joy to have behind the bar and will only be too happy to help you with any questions you may have.


Behind the scenes in the kitchen we have Ritchard, a passionate chef who is always coming up with fresh ideas. All Ritchard’s dishes are lovingly homemade and if you have any special requests he will try to accommodate them as best he can.


Our housekeeper Sheila is the one you will see whizzing about in the mornings, always with a smile on her face. If you need anything extra in your room, from towels to toiletries, just ask Sheila.

See You Soon, Chris