Calum owns the Loch Melfort Hotel and a consultancy business Red Roof Business Support with his wife Rachel. Appointed to the board of Highlands & Islands Enterprise in September 2019, and to the Court of the University of the Highlands & Islands in January 2022. In November 2022 he was appointed to the new Tourism & Hospitality Industry Leadership Group.  He was a board member of VisitScotland from 2013 until 2019.

He is a director of UK Hospitality, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards and Argyll & the Isles Tourism Co-operative.

Calum was employed in food & beverage supply to the industry for 23 years prior to acquiring the hotel, culminating in roles as UK Managing Director and then Chief Operating Officer, Latin America for Unilever Foodsolutions.

  • What is the best thing about your current job or role in the industry?

Working with our amazing team at the hotel & restaurant, to deliver exceptional guest experiences every day. And our amazing location and local produce too.

  • What was your first job in the hospitality/foodservice or tourism industry?

In 1984, I started a job as a Caterplan Salesman (Products packed and prepared for the Caterer e.g Knorr & Hellmann’s)

  • Who has been your biggest influence during your career?

Difficult to name just one but probably my late father, Hamish Ross – a Caterplan Salesman for 29 years before I became one, without his influence I would never have begun the journey that has ended up here. In my ‘second career’ as a ‘hotelier’ Peter Taylor and the late Tony Jackson have been hugely influential in the development of our business for which I will be eternally grateful.

  • What key piece of advice would you give the future generation of hospitality professionals?

Work hard, play hard and chase your dreams – you can achieve anything if you set your mind to it.

  • What is your favourite restaurant or type of food?

Café Fish, Tobermory/Scottish Seafood.

  • What is your favourite dish?

Hot Seafood Platter (or our local argyll venison loin, served in our own restaurant).

  • What is your favourite drink?

Lussa Gin (Isle of Jura).

  • What or who are you looking forward most to see or meet at ScotHot 23?

The nostalgia driven buzz that I know I’ll get as soon as I walk in the door and see, hear and smell everything that goes on at Scothot.  That and reconnecting with many longstanding industry friends and colleagues that I have met over almost 4 decades!!