Meet our team.

Our Board. 

Michael Ball

Chairman

Current & Previous Roles
Chairman, The Hotel Management Company
Principal, LTH Advisors
CEO, ISH GmbH.
CEO, World Hotels
Group Director of Sales and Marketing, Shangri La Hotels and Resorts

Michael Ball is the Chairman of THMC and has spent his career in the hotel and leisure sectors having created, built up and operated a number of international hospitality and technology groups and served at Board level for several major multi-nationals in both an Executive and non-Executive capacity. As Managing Director of the Hotel Brands Division, he founded Summit International Hotels, Insignia Resorts and Golden Tulip International. The Company was later acquired by News Corporation and became part of Reed Elsevier's Travel Group and REZsolutions. He went on to become Group Sales and Marketing Director for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, based in Hong Kong, responsible for the global sales and marketing of what was then Asia's largest luxury hotel group and its re-positioning and expansion of the group in China and beyond. Later to relocate to Frankfurt, Germany to become CEO of SRS-Worldhotels. A series of acquisitions and a private equity backed MBO followed and led to the creation of IHS GmbH. Michael served as the CEO of the IHS group throughout which at the time of its sale, comprised of Worldhotels, an international group of over 500 independent hotels,Trust International, a global CRS company, IFH AG, a training and performance benchmarking company and Nexus World Services a corporate RFP management software company. I.H.S. was successfully sold to a US based private equity company in 2013, Michael then returned to the UK and established LTH Advisors in 2014. This boutique advisory has advised a number of clients both in the UK and overseas, on mergers and acquisitions, hotel operator and franchise selections, strategic brand building, distribution technology and hotel operations. He is a member of the advisory group for the Surrey University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management, and became Chairman of THMC in July 2019.

Roddy Watt

CEO

Current & Previous Roles
Founder & CEO, The Hotel Management Company
Founder & CEO, The Buell Group
Founder & CEO, The Berkeley Scott Group plc
Food & Beverage & General Management, Hyatt International and The Sheraton Corporation

Roddy Watt is an entrepreneur with some 30 years' experience of starting, building and operating businesses in the Hospitality sector with a particular emphasis on providing business services, business advice and recruitment. After an early career in Food & Beverage and general management with Hyatt International and the Sheraton Corporation working in the UK, mainland Europe and the USA, Roddy founded The Berkeley Scott Group in 1984, a company that over 20 years was to become the market leader in recruitment within the Hospitality sector. Roddy has been responsible over the years for the appointment of many of the most senior figures in these areas of the market. Roddy eventually floated Berkeley Scott on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange in 2004 and exited in 2007. In 2011, Roddy established The Buell Group, a broad-based conglomeration of advisory and service businesses focused on the Hospitality sector. Recognising the particular challenges of the independent hotel sector, together with a number of industry leaders, Roddy subsequently founded The Hotel Management Company in 2015. The company is dedicated to assisting owners of such hotels in maximising the value of their assets through optimising market positioning, the implementation of contemporary management processes, ensuring management is 'fit for purpose', and leveraging development opportunities.

Alan Murray

CFO

Current & Previous Roles
CFO, The Hotel Management Company
Finance Director, Akkeron & Folio Hotels
CFO, Noble House Leisure
Regional Financial Controller, Regal Hotels

Alan is a highly experienced financial management professional from the hotel and Leisure sectors with strong, hands on operational experience of managing hotel businesses in buoyant and difficult circumstances. Alan is a capable communicator able to work at all levels from Board to banks/investors and at operational level. Alan fully understands the science around leveraging maximum value out of any hotel operation through applying robust financial management protocols and practices.

Peter Lederer

Director

Current & Previous Roles
Director, The Hotel Management Company
Chairman, Gleneagles Hotel
Director, Diageo Scotland. Baxters Food Group
Chairman, Visit Scotland, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Past President, The Institute of Hospitality

After an early career working for Four Seasons and Plaza Hotels in Canada, Peter was appointed Managing Director of Gleneagles Hotel and Resort in 1984. He was later appointed as Chairman in 2007 and Director Scotland of Diageo, the parent company in the same year. Credited with developing Gleneagles as one of the world's foremost resorts and iconic international brands, Peter has worked in many industry organisations and has an unparalleled understanding of the structure of the hotel industry, particularly in Scotland. Since stepping down from Diageo and Gleneagles, Peter holds a range of other high profile roles in the sector. He was the instigator of the International Leadership School for the hotel sector, and is Non-Executive Chairman and Director of a number of industry-related companies.

Charles Holmes

Director

Current & Previous Roles
Director, The Hotel Management Company
CEO, Four Pillars Hotel
Managing Director, Malmaison
Managing Director, Corus Hotels

Charles first entered the hospitality industry in 1968 and undertook a traditional hotel management training with the then Crest Hotels Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bass. This led to various junior, senior and deputy management positions within the company's four star hotel portfolio. In 1989 he believed that the time was right to become an equity partner in a hotel business and joined forces with Robert Breare to form Parkdale Hotels, within six months of conception some twenty five hotels had been purchased and just six months later they were sold, not in the business plan but an excellent return for all shareholders. There then followed an introduction to RBS and an offer to take on the management of three hotels in which the debt was distressed, with two partners they built this business up to one hundred and thirty hotels over an eight year period, becoming Publicly Quoted on the London Stock Exchange and eventually selling to an overseas investor in 2001. Staying with the business to ensure a smooth transition Charles left in 2002 and took on the role of Managing Director of Malmaison Hotels, whilst an exciting brand to develop the desire to be an owner/operator again led him to acquiring a stake of Four Pillars Hotels in 2004. Managing to sell the business at the top of the market in 2007, he re-invested with new owners Rreef, managing to re-finance the business in 2009 after Rreef's withdrawl, finally selling to Starwood Capital in January of 2014. Following the sale he was retained by Starwood Capital to ensure a smooth transition and has undertaken consultancy work for the Loans Management Unit of HSBC.

In addition to the above Charles spent three years as the Chairman of The Restaurant Partnership who owned and operated some of London's leading eateries, spent eight years on the board of Activate Learning, a business that operates colleges of Further Education in the UK and Middle East, served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of two UK based hotel groups and currently hold Non-Executive Directorships on the boards of Cameron Ventures Group, ETC Hospitality and The Hotel Management Company.

Current & Previous Roles
· Director, The Hotel Management Company
· CEO, Four Pillars Hotel
· Managing Director, Malmaison
· Managing Director, Corus Hotels

Charles first entered the hospitality industry in 1968 and undertook a traditional hotel management training with the then Crest Hotels Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bass. This led to various junior, senior and deputy management positions within the company's four star hotel portfolio. In 1989 he believed that the time was right to become an equity partner in a hotel business and joined forces with Robert Breare to form Parkdale Hotels, within six months of conception some twenty five hotels had been purchased and just six months later they were sold, not in the business plan but an excellent return for all shareholders. There then followed an introduction to RBS and an offer to take on the management of three hotels in which the debt was distressed, with two partners they built this business up to one hundred and thirty hotels over an eight year period, becoming Publicly Quoted on the London Stock Exchange and eventually selling to an overseas investor in 2001. Staying with the business to ensure a smooth transition Charles left in 2002 and took on the role of Managing Director of Malmaison Hotels, whilst an exciting brand to develop the desire to be an owner/operator again led him to acquiring a stake of Four Pillars Hotels in 2004. Managing to sell the business at the top of the market in 2007, he re-invested with new owners Rreef, managing to re-finance the business in 2009 after Rreef's withdrawl, finally selling to Starwood Capital in January of 2014. Following the sale he was retained by Starwood Capital to ensure a smooth transition and has undertaken consultancy work for the Loans Management Unit of HSBC.

In addition to the above Charles spent three years as the Chairman of The Restaurant Partnership who owned and operated some of London's leading eateries, spent eight years on the board of Activate Learning, a business that operates colleges of Further Education in the UK and Middle East, served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of two UK based hotel groups and currently hold Non-Executive Directorships on the boards of Cameron Ventures Group, ETC Hospitality and The Hotel Management Company.

Jill Chalmers

Director

Current & Previous Roles
Director, The Hotel Management Company
Managing Director, Glenapp Castle.Managing Director, The Suite Company
Managing Director, all-hotels.com
Sales & Marketing Director & General Manager, Skibo Castle
International Sales Director, Scandic Hotels

Jill is a highly experienced hotel management and Sales & Marketing professional. Having worked in both Sales & Marketing and operations, Jill has a broad vision of how hotels can be operated to maximise asset value through driving top line as well as managing the cost base closely. Jill is extremely practical and hands on and has deep understanding of both on-line and off-line marketing, revenue management and GDS. She in fact founded her own on-line hotels booking business which she sold successfully to lastminute.com. Jill is particularly well connected in the Scottish Hospitality market and is a committee member of The Hospitality Industry Trust in Scotland.

Jeremy Logie

Advisor to the Board

Current & Previous Roles
Executive Secretary, Master Innholders
Chairman & Previous CEO, BAA Hotels
Chief Executive, British Hospitality Association & The Institute of Hospitality
Chief Executive, Managing Director, Center Parcs UK Ltd

Jeremy is a previous Director of hotel businesses including THF Hotels and BAA Hotels and is an experienced Chief Executive of key industry bodies. He has extensive knowledge of how industry associations work.
Key areas of experience encompass general business and hotel management, turning round ailing businesses, project management, building and opening new concepts and operations (Center Parcs, BAA Hotels, and THF Post Houses). Jeremy is very well connected with senior figures across the hotel and wider Hospitality sector through his involvement with the Master Innholders and his previous leadership of The British Hospitality Association and The Institute of Hospitality.

Our Hotel Directors. 

Nick Burton-Howat

Head of Strategy and Investment

Nick is an International MBA with over 20 years of hotel and lodging experience, conducting assignments across four continents. With an early career in hotel and restaurant operations with the Savoy Group, Whitbread and Orient Express Hotels, in the UK and USA, Nick worked for BDO Hospitality Consulting, on a range of projects from urban boutique hotels to island resorts in the Caribbean. From there, he moved into an acquisitions role with MWB Group Plc. He was then one of the founders of Vision Asset Management, which is now part of Colliers International. Nick moved on to found his own hotel asset management and advisory company in 2003. Nick has a wealth of experience in the hotel management and development marketplace, complimented by a second master's in economics and banking from the University of Exeter, adding to his undergraduate degree in Hotel Management from Portsmouth. Nick is well versed in the delivery and implementation of a wide range of value strategies and all types of feasibility work.

Nick Greaves

Hotel Director

Nick Greaves is a career hotelier who has had a long, successful and stable career within the hotel sector. Moving into sales and marketing at an early stage in his career, he worked with MacDonald Hotels and Hanover International Hotels in sales and marketing roles before taking up his first significant role was as National Sales & Marketing Director with Akkeron Hotels, a group of 3 and 4 star hotels across the south of England. He moved on to become Commercial Director of SHL Hotels and after a number of years here, was appointed as Vice President Operations, Sales & Marketing for Compass Hospitality. Most recently, he was invited back to SHL Hotels where he took up the role of Commercial Director. Nick has now decided to work independently and accordingly has signed up as one of The Hotel Management Company's Hotel Directors. Nick is a consummate professional who fully understands all aspects of the operation and marketing of provincial and independently owned hotels. He is energetic and focused and has a broad range of commercial skills which enable him to identify the key issues and opportunities in any situation. Open, warm and approachable, Nick communicates effectively at every level.

Michael Gray

Hotel Director

Michael is first and foremost a consummate career hotelier. A previous UK 'Hotelier of the Year', Michael spent 12 years running the 5 Star Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill and for the last 6 of these was Area Vice President for the UK for Hyatt International, holding responsibility for their other hotels in the region, The Andaz in London, and the Hyatt Regency, Birmingham. He joined Hyatt in 1974 after early training at Claridge's and has opened and managed hotels for them around the world including in Australia and Singapore. On returning to the UK from Asia, he ran the Hyatt Carlton Town in London for many years before taking up his most recent role. Michael's over-riding belief and passion is that great hoteliery comes down to the people involved in the business and in harnessing their passion and ambition to deliver truly exceptional service and product. Michael recently retired from full-time employment and now works with The Hotel Management Company and The Buell Group, leading on hotel operational projects.

Christine Hodder

Hotel Director

Christine Hodder is a career hotelier with a wealth of experience of managing, developing and opening hotels around the world. She has worked extensively in the Far East for many of the world's leading companies including Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Aman Resorts, Regent Hotels, Shangri-La and Four Seasons, and has also run two of London's leading boutique hotels, The Milestone and The Stafford Hotel. Her career developed in Sales & Marketing before she moved into direct operations and her early career was also spent in London with the Carlton Tower Hotel. Here she worked with Hyatt who she also worked with in New Zealand. With all round knowledge of all aspects of successful hotel operation, Christine is a professional with excellent communication and management skills. She is analytical, articulate and highly intelligent and is able to operate in pretty much any hotel environment.

Robert Holland

Hotel Director

Robert is a highly experience senior Catering and Hotel executive with an impeccable career in the sector. He most recently managed the London hotel properties of Bespoke Hotels but previously had advisory business and worked with a number of leading caterers and venues across the country supporting them in developing the quality and positioning of their products and offerings. Previously, Robert ran his own restaurant business very successfully before entering the corporate world.

Yvonne Jackson

Hotel Director

Yvonne has extensive experience in Hotel Operations and General Management with broad based knowledge and expertise in Sales, Marketing, Revenue Management, Food & Beverage, Human Resources and Driving Change. Always focusing on delivering the highest level of Service whilst maximising bottom line business performance. She is an achievement-oriented business leader with an outstanding track record of high attainment during a progressive 25 year career centred on the Hotel and Leisure Industry. Yvonne has a great deal of experience of building and steering leadership teams through transformational change, whilst thriving on challenge, setting and achieving stretch goals within highly disciplined operations from individual boutique to larger resorts, and full service 4 and 5-star properties. Yvonne brings solid and progressive broad-based experience as hotel owner and hospitality executive holding senior positions with DeVere, Hilton International, Q Hotels, AHG and Nadler Hotels.

Gavin Percy

Head of Sales & Marketing

A senior leader in the hotel & catering industry specialising in assessing, and improving, sales performance and process in hospitality businesses to enable teams and individuals to exceed revenue targets. MBA educated senior manager with 8 years as a hotel General Manager followed by 12 years in Senior Sales positions with various groups including Hilton, Swallow and Best Western up to UK Sales Director level. Four years in senior sales positions with Principal Hayley the last three years in the role of Head of Central Services, responsible got Central Reservations, Central Conference Desk, Research and Marketing. Since February 2013 has been operating his own Business Development Consultancy working for several independent hotels and groups assessing and improving sales performance and processes to impact positively on the bottom line. Most recent project was working three days a week as interim Director of Sales for Corus & Laura Ashley Hotels. Now Head of Sales and Marketing for The Hotel Management Company providing support for the independent hotel sector to enable strong return on investment and assuring increases in asset value.

Our Industry Partners. 

Marcus Jones

Director of Stock & Risk Management

Marcus worked in the hotel and leisure industry for over 15 years before joining Capcon in 1998. His hotel operation expertise underpins the insightful approaches he brings to clients' audit and due diligence challenges. Marcus regularly provides training and consultations with senior operational management teams, reviewing and improving their business controls. Sitting on a number of Audit Committees within the hospitality sector, Marcus remains up to date with the current challenges facing today's operators and can ensure processes are implemented at an early stage to minimise the risk.

Nigel Allport

Director of Guest Communications

Nigel Allport is Head of Business Development at For-Sight, the hospitality industry's leading guest engagement and CRM marketing company. Nigel has spent the majority of his professional career in the hospitality technology industry working with a diverse client portfolio of top tier hotel brands, luxury and boutique hotel chains, hotel management companies, resorts, franchisees and independents. An international executive, Nigel is a frequent guest speaker and presenter at many industry events and conferences including HOSPACE, HOSTEC and HTNG. When not working, he is a keen road cyclist regularly participating in Sportive's for charity.

Roddy Whiteford

Director of Reservations

40 years in the hotel industry within the luxury hotel and resort sector. Last 8 years setting up and developing Hotelfone , a market leader in providing the independent luxury hotel sector with reservation support in delivering significant business for the hotels. Now developing this service to award winning Restaurants and Spas.
2 Hotels in mainland Europe supported by the business, in Venice and Monte Carlo. Previously Regional Manager for Hand Picked Hotels for 6 years covering the North of England and Wales up to 2008. General Manager of Cameron House Hotel for 7 years up to 2001. Previous experience to that many and varied General Manager roles and Consultancy for 2 years.

Nicola Williamson

Director of HR

Having worked in hospitality for 30 years, Nicola has a strong understanding of the daily challenges facing businesses every day. She is a Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) and has over 20 years of corporate business experience gained from working with leading international hotel groups. She has strong operational knowledge and has led organisational change and development initiatives in both mature and emerging markets. During Nicola's corporate career, she worked with InterContinental Hotels Group as Director of HR for Europe and with Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Operational and HR / Training roles, culminating in a role as an Internal Branding Consultant with responsibility across EMEA. Nicola also runs her own small hotel in North Wales and is a non-exec Director for the North Wales Tourist Board. She brings a positive, pragmatic and 'can-do' approach, engaging with clients to understand their business ambitions and develop approaches to help people and organisations to realise their goals.

Antoon Hollants Van Loocke

Director of Brand, Service and Operating Standards

Is an experienced hospitality professional with an extensive international hotel operations background acquired in some prestigious locations and properties including amongst others the Grosvenor House - Park Lane, The Grand Hotel Opera - Paris, the Mandarin Oriental - Jakarta, The Bali Intercontinental Hotel and the Ciragan Palace Kempinski - Istanbul. Antoon worked at head office level as Operations Support Manager for Le Méridien Hotel & Resorts, and Director of Brand Standards for Conrad Hotels & Resorts. In 2008 he set-up his consultancy firm and has structured, defined and wrote the service and operating brand standards for British Airways, Park Plaza EMEA, art'otel lifestyle brand, Dream Cruises, Maggie & Rose nurseries, the Cornish boutique hotels Lewinnick Lodge and Plume of Feathers, amongst others. His speciality is in defining 'The What before The How' through the creation, structuring and the writing of brand operating and service standards, defining customer and brand experience, suggest operational re-structuring, and perform quality surveys.

Ally Northfield

Director of Revenue Management

Ally leads a team of revenue management specialists focussed on delivering business transforming revenue management and distribution solutions within the hospitality sector. Known for her ability to simplify the communication of complex business processes, Ally is the principal author of a suite of revenue management training programmes, and oversees the delivery of training, outsource revenue management services and consultancy to hundreds of hotels and accommodation providers worldwide has firmly established the company as an industry leader in the provision of revenue optimising services. In addition, Ally offers her skills to industry associations and has held board positions with HEDNA and currently sits on the organising committee for HFTP Europe and on the board of RMAPI.

Mohammed Ali Khan

Director of IT

Mohammad is an accomplished Senior IT Consultant and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer with many years of experience in director and consulting roles.
He works with colleagues to deliver innovative solutions to improve operational efficiency and profitability.
Mohammad has delivered a number of projects and services for its clients, which includes both hoteliers, vendors, Finance & Forex businesses as well as petroleum and oil companies.

These have included:
· IT Infrastructure design / implementation / support Consultancy
· Strategy, business organization and process design, supporting IT programs.
· IT / business transformation programs.
· IT Disaster Recovery Strategy and planning.
· E-procurement strategy, process design and systems selection.
· Infrastructure and security audits.
· Detailed designs relating to Server Infrastructure, HyperV Clustering, Storage Array Networks, Virtualization, Core Switching Networks, Layer 2 & Layer 3 Routing etc.
· Hotel guest-facing technology including entertainment, Wi-Fi, room management solutions. This has included running the RFP and vendor selection for clients.
· Telecommunications strategy, Request for Proposal and solution/vendor selection.
· Vendor strategy for effective engagement with the hospitality sector and supporting with partnering and developing solutions.

David King

Director of Procurement

David King has worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years in senior sales, procurement and marketing positions before launching his own companies. He specialises in green and renewable projects along with hospitality purchasing cost-reduction packages. His broad skill sets and hands-on approach are invaluable to building and delivering market leading long term trading & supplier relationships for both corporate and independent businesses.

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