Stephen Leckie (51) is Chief Executive of Crieff Hydro and the fifth generation of his family to run this hotel and state 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: Crieff Hydro Hotel, Murraypark Hotel - Crieff, Peebles Hydro Hotel, Park Hotel - Peebles, Isles of Glencoe Hotel - Ballachulish, Ballachulish Hotel, Caldedonia Hotel - Oban, Yorkshire Hotel - Harrogate, Kings House Hotel - Glencoe, Green Hotel - Kinross & Windlestrae Hotel - Kinross.
They also run the operation of The Peel Cafe at Glentress and the management of Frank Thomson of Crieff - a retail shop in the centre of the town, first established in 1902, specialising in ironmongery, sporting equipment and clothing as well as a wide range of household, culinary and kitchen items.
As well as being an active member of the British Hospitality Association and former Chairman of the Scotland Committee, 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 voice of the industry.
He also chairs the Tourism Scotland 2020 (TS2020) strategy group that sits under the umbrella of the STA. The strategy group is compromised 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 that it aspires to reach.
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, he was chosen as the Courier Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015.
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.