Kieran MacDonald FIH MI

Managing Director,The Savoy

Kiaran began his career in 1981 at the London Tara Hotel in Rooms Division. He was Food & Beverage management at the 5-Star Royal Garden Hotel, London before moving to the 700-room Metropole and Warwick Hotels, Birmingham. He joined Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in 1995 as Director Food & Beverage at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and held that position until 1998 when he was promoted to Hotel Manager.In 1999, Kiaran was appointed General Manager at The Fairmont Waterfront and he returned to the Scottsdale Princess in 2003 as General Manager. He returned to the UK in 2006 and took up the position of General Manager at The Savoy and was promoted to Managing Director in March 2012.
  • Walpole committee
  • Duke of Edinburgh International Awards World Fellowship
  • Springboard Advisory Group
  • Reunion de Gastronomes
  • Savoy Gastronomes
  • West One Managers committee
  • Northbank (former SATSA)
  • Freedom of the City of London

Theresa Maw FIH MI

General Manager, County Hall Marriott Hotel

As General Manager at London Marriott Park Lane Hotel, Theresa was the first woman to open a prestigious Park Lane hotel as General Manager. More recently, she spent five years as General Manager at the five-star Renaissance London Chancery Court Hotel until her recent appointment as General Manager of London Marriott County Hall in 2011.

Theresa has extensive experience in Management, Operations, Sales and Marketing and she blends this experience with an over-riding ambition to ensure the industry serves the needs of its customers, and develops and retains talent. She is actively involved with training colleges and schools, and acts as a mentor for university students and people already in the industry. Theresa has opened no less than 25 hotels in the United Kingdom, Asia and Australia! She has led and implemented operations training in exclusive hotels around the world, blending local customs with core hospitality management skills to ensure a positive experience for guests and staff. In 1995 Theresa received the J.W. Marriott Award of Excellence, the highest accolade within Marriott International. In 2003, she was named Marriott International’s General Manager of the Year.

Theresa participates in local environmental activities and supports several national charities including Cancer Research UK and Help a London Child.

  • BHA London Committee Member
  • Springboard Advisory Committee Member
  • E1 Committee Member
  • LBC Government Committee
  • Reunion des Gastronomes member
  • Freedom of the City of London

Kenneth McCulloch FIH MI

Chief Executive, Dakota Hotels

Ken McCulloch was the founder of both the award winning One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow and the Malmaison chain of hotels. He was Chief Executive of Columbus Hotels and Dakota Hotels.

  • Hotelier of the Year 1993
  • Freedom of the City of Londo


Michele Mella FIH MI

General Manager, Barnsley House

Michele graduated from Hotel School in his native Italy back in 1986. His early years were spent working in 5* Hotels in Italy and Germany. In 1989 he moved  to London working for Claridge’s and The Dorchester.  In 1998, he moved to the Cotswolds with his young family.  Whilst working at Calcot, he became Deputy General Manager before being appointed General Manager at Barnsley House in 2009. In 2011 he became a Director of the Calcot Collection. Michele has established a very strong working relationship with Cirencester College, where he mentors students, and act as a lecturer.  He is also very much involved with Hospitality action and helped establishing Tour de Cuisine, one of the most popular annual event on the calendar for Hospitality Action’s fund raising.

  • Freedom of the City of London
  • St Julian’s Scholars
  • Cotswolds Finest Hotel past Chairman
  • Pride of Britain Board Member
  • Business and Finance Academy Advisory Board Member

Andrew McKenzie FIH MI

Managing Director, The Vineyard at Stockcross

Since 1998 Andrew has been Managing Director of the Peter Michael Collection, a leisure group based around Newbury, Berkshire, that includes the Vineyard at Stockcross, Donnington Valley Hotel and Golf Club and the Vineyard Cellars wine company.Since starting his career at the Royal Hotel in Bridge of Allan, Andrew has held management positions with Shire Hotels, Thistle, De Vere and Inter-continental throughout the UK. Andrew is also a trustee of the LFF, trustee of Swings and Smiles Charity and is now also Vice Chair of The Watermill Theatre.

  • Liverymen, Worshipful Company of Innholders
  • Chairman, The Master Innholders 2006-08
  • St Julian Scholar
  • Chairman Destination Newbury.
  • Chairman Thatcham Round Table
  • Catey award 2003
  • Freedom of the City of London

Ian Merrick FIH MI

Operations Director, Essential Living Management

Ian has spent over 30 years in the industry, starting as a Savoy Hotel Trainee in 1977. He moved through various departments within the Savoy Group, joining the management team at the Berkeley in 1984. In 1991 he was offered the position of General Manager at ˜47 Park Street’with responsibility to transform from what was previously apartments to the highest quality Townhouse.In April 2000 Ian moved to Hyde Park Residence on Park Lane to run 156 Luxury apartments. In 2001 whilst still running Hyde Park Residence he has started a sister Managing Agent company called PL Management to offer facility management to the residential and hospitality market. He joined Oakwood worldwide, the largest Corporate housing company in the world, to head up the European division, which is based in London. Most recently he has become Operations Director for Essential Living Management.

  • The Savoy Society Trustee, Ex Chairman 1998-01
  • Committee member- Association of serviced apartment providers.
  • Member of A.R.P.
  • Freedom of the City of London

Stephen Miles FIH MI

General Manager, Radisson Blue Edwardian Hotels

Stephen Miles is the General Manager of the multi award winning Radisson Blu Edwardian Free Trade Hall, Manchester. He held the role of Chair of the Manchester Hoteliers Association for 8 years, and currently Chairs NW Regional Hoteliers Association. He is the founder of The Hotel Future Foundation which will be a concept of Hospitality Academies across the country, the first of which is currently being constructed in Greater Manchester.

Stephen has been voted in the NRB prestigious Top Fifty most important and influential with in the Northern hospitality industry.

His previous experience includes THF and Hilton hotels prior to joining Edwardian Group London where he has been a member of the senior management team for 25 years. He also sits on the boards of Hospitality Action and Visit Manchester as well as the BHA Northern committee.

Paul Milsom FIH MI

Chairman, Milsom Hotels

A graduate of the University of Surrey, with a degree in hotel and catering management, Paul is Chairman and Managing Director of Milsom Hotels and restaurants, incorporating Le Talbooth Restaurant, Maison Talbooth hotel and Milsoms, all in Dedham, the Pier hotel in Harwich and Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, near Ipswich. Milsom Catering, their event and outdoor catering operation is the final part of this family owned business.

  • Member of the Academy of Food and Wine Service
  • BHA Past Chairman Eastern Region
  • AA/RAC Liaison Committee
  • Pride of Britain Hotels Past chairman
  • Freedom of the City of London
  • Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Innholders
  • Liveryman and Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Distillers
  • Founder and President of the Surrey University Food and Wine Society
  • Non Executive Director of the Edge Hotel School.

David Morgan-Hewitt FIH MI

Managing Director, The Goring

Having graduated from Durham University, David moved into restaurants in 1986 his real love. He first joined The Goring in 1990 as Restaurant Manager. For several years he was General Manager under William Cowpe and George Goring and was promoted to Managing Director following William’s retirement from the hotel in 2006. His interests within the industry have tended to continue in food and beverage and education. Having been chairman of the London Food and Beverage Society, he then became Chairman of the St Julian Scholars and lately Chairman of the Independent Advisory Panel of the Defence Food Services School.

  • Liveryman: The Worshipful Company of Innholders
  • Past Chairman, St Julian Scholars
  • Chairman, Independent Advisory Panel DFSS
  • Past President, Reunion des Gastronomes
  • Vice Chairman, Victoria Partnership Business Development Group
  • St Julian Scholar Cornell 1997
  • BHA London Committee Member
  • Springboard London Advisory Board
  • Hon. Doctor, Thames Valley University
  • Academy of Culinary Arts
  • Academy of Food and Wine Champagne Academy
  • Freedom of The City of London

Anthony Murkett FIH MI

Managing Director, The Sloane Club

Tony joined Trust Houses as an apprentice in 1970 in their Inns and Post House Divisions. Following three positions as Deputy GM at the Heathrow Post House, the Cumberland Hotel and Grosvenor House, Park Lane he became GM of the Cavendish Hotel,St James’s. He returned to Grosvenor House in the late 1980s as General Manager, where he remained for five years before taking up his current position as MD of The Sloane Club in 1994.Tony also owns the Hotel Nothampton in Nothampton, Mass. USA

  • Consultant to Woburn Enterprises Ltd, Bedford Estate
  • Consultant Director, Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, Oakham Rutland
  • Gainsborough Estate.
  • Retired consultant Director of The Chelsea Arts Club
  • Member of Club des Amis
  • Freedom of the City of London

Bernard Murphy FIH MI

Managing Director, Gleneagles Hotel

Bernard’s career started in London in the early nineties, when he worked for The Churchill Inter-Continental and The Britannia Inter-Continental Hotels in London. He moved to Gleneagles in 1995 and held a variety of management positions before joining the Compass Group in 2005 to lead the facilities management for the opening and operating the RBS Headquarters and Business School in Edinburgh. He was later promoted to Operations Director: managing front of house and catering services in the UK and Ireland for the RBS Group portfolio.

Bernard returned to The Gleneagles Hotel as General Manager in 2007 where he is currently responsible for developing the hotel’s international reputation as one of the world’s leading leisure and business destinations.

  • Chairman of the Connoisseur Scotland Group
  • Board Member of the International Leadership School
  • St Julian Scholar
  • Member of Auchterarder Rotary Club
  • Freedom of the City of London

Harry Murray MBE FIH MI

Chairman, Lucknam Park Hotel

Harry managed a number of 5 Star International Hotels before establishing his career as one of the UK’s leading hoteliers at The Imperial Hotel Torquay. In 1994 he was appointed MD of the Cape Sun Intercontinental in Cape Town.

In 1997 he was appointed MD of Lucknam Park and developed this Relais & Châteaux property as one of the UK’s leading country house hotels & winner of numerous awards including ‘AA Hotel of the Year’ and ‘Catey Independent Hotel of the Year’. He was appointed Chairman of the hotel in 2010.

Harry has devoted his entire career to achieving the highest standards and helping to develop the careers of young people. In 2004 he set up the Master Innholders / St Julian Scholars successful mentoring scheme. He was appointed MBE in 2005 for services to the Hospitality Industry, and has received two prestigious & coveted ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’.

  • Chairman of Master Innholders 1985/86
  • Liveryman Worshipful Company of Innholders
  • Freeman of the City of London.
  • Director of Wivenhoe House/The Edge Hotel School
  • Governor of Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
  • Life Patron of Springboard.UK
  • Patron of Hospitality Action
  • Hotelier of the Year 1986
  • Appointed MBE 2005
  • Catey Lifetime Achievement Award 2008.
  • AA Lifetime Achievement Award 2013
  • Awarded Hon MBA of the University of West London 2014

Philip Newman-Hall MI

General Manager, Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons

Philip is Director and General Manager at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. This is his second term at Le Manoir, having been asked by Raymond Blanc to return to oversee the continuing expansion of the house in July 2009.

Philip’s career has spanned 40 years. He’s worked with both private owners and group properties, among them Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels. He has experience in the UK and abroad, having worked in Morocco, South Africa, China and the Caribbean.

Since returning to Le Manoir he has been delighted to accept Catey Awards on behalf of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons for Front of House Team of the Year 2010 and Hotel Group of the Year 2011. He was awarded Manager of the Year at the Catey Awards at Grosvenor House in July 2011.

In 2014 Le Manoir was awarded Sustainable Hotel Restaurant of the Year by The Sustainable Restaurant Association and in 2013 was awarded the Favourite UK Holiday Hotel by Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Travel Awards, Sunday Times ‘Ultimate 100 British Hotels’ Best Foodie Hotel 2013, The Times, Sunday Times & Sunday Times Travel Magazine Readers Award Top UK Hotel 2013 and AA Awards 2013 Eco Hotel of the Year alongside The Springboard Awards of Excellence Best Employer 2013

Philip sits on many industry bodies, is an enthusiastic fundraiser for Hospitality Action and a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality . He has the Freedom of the City of London.

  • Member of the Academy of Food and Wine
  • Member of Hospitality Action
  • Member IOH Midlands Region
  • Freedom of the City of London

Michael O’Dwyer FIH MI

Managing Director, HGS Partnership

Michael O’Dwyer was born and raised in Ireland and graduated with First Class Honours,from the Shannon College of Hotel Management. His hotel career began in the UK with Trusthouse Forte where he held various management positions before moving to Tunisia for two years for the opening of the 5 star Hannibal Palace Resort. On returning to the UK, he worked at the Cavendish, St James’before accepting the post of General Manager, and then Managing Director of the Runnymede Hotel, which he developed over 13 years. Then came the Forest of Arden Resort which he developed for Whitbread/Marriott before he became the opening GM for the five star Marriott Hotel County Hall. As Managing Director of the five star hotel, golf and spa development, he spent four years on The Grove Project and, following its successful opening, he decided to leave the operations arena and set up his own consultancy practice.

Michael is now the head of HGS Partnership which specializes in the provision of independent consultancy in hotel, golf and spa developments in the UK and overseas.

Ricci Orbertelli FIH MI

Chairman, Ricci Obertelli Consultants

Riccardo was appointed to his current position as CEO/VP of Operations for the Dorchester Group in 1996. Previous to this he was General Manager and a Director of The Dorchester, London. After a training course in Hotel Management in his native Italy, he gained extensive experience at some of London’s most prestigious five star hotels, including Claridge’s, The Savoy and The Ritz. He then joined the Four Seasons/Inn on the Park In 1986 he was invited to join The Dorchester as Manager with specific and overall responsibility for supervising the two-year complete refurbishment. Whilst at The Dorchester he was named Personalite de l’Annee , Hotelier of the Year and Independent Hotelier of the World. During his time as General Manager, the Dorchester was named Hotel of the Year by numerous publications. Ricci left the Dorchester in 2008 and is now a consultant.

  • Chaine des Rotisseurs Reunion des Gastronomes
  • L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne
  • The Academy of Food & Wine Service
  • EHMA Deputy National Delegate for GB
  • Freedom of the City of London
  • Hotelier of the Year 1995

Thomas Orchard FIH MI

Regional General Manager, The Metropolitan by COMO

After obtaining an HND at Middlesex Polytechnic Thomas ventured to the Caribbean to work for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. On returning to the UK he joined Hanbury Manor and worked at the Rock Resort for six years. He moved from there to The Berkeley Hotel London working his way up to Rooms Division Manager. He took his first GM role looking after the Halkin Hotel, overseeing the introduction of Nahm, the first Thai restaurant to receive a Michelin star. He moved to Como’s sister hotel the Metropolitan in 2003 and is now responsible for both properties and the group sales and marketing function covering EMEA and the Americas.

  • Chairman BHA London Region
  • Past chairman London West One Managers Association
  • Freedom of the City of London

Andrew Oxley FIH MI

General Manager, Down Hall Country House Hotel

Andrew is currently General Manager at Down Hall Country House Hotel where he has been since April 2014. In 1997, Andrew graduated from the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies (as was) with a degree in Hotel Business Management.

Having worked at Bodysgallen Hall for his degree placement year, he was fortunate enough to get his first job at Bodysgallen’s sister property, Hartwell House. Leaving Hartwell as the Deputy General Manager after 5½ years he then moved to Tylney Hall in the same position. 4 years later he moved as General Manager to Oakley Court Hotel and then subsequently to the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel as Hotel Manager. In 2009 upon the retirement of Alan Blenkinsopp, FIH MI, he took the position of General Manager at the Coppid Beech Hotel where he remained until 2014.

Andrew won a Master Innholders Scholarship to Cornell in 2011 and subsequently became, and remains, a member of the St Julian Scholar committee. In that same year, he also became Chairman of the Thames Valley Branch of the Institute of Hospitality and only gave up this role upon his move to Down Hall. He is passionate about encouraging young people to join the hospitality industry and was actively involved in this task in both the local schools and colleges in the vicinity of both the Coppid Beech and Down Hall.

Duncan Palmer FIH MI

Regional Vice President – Europe, The Langham London

After graduating from Westminster College in 1980 Duncan gained experience in various establishments in this country before joining the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in 1984, working at their hotels in Macau, Manila and Bangkok and moving on to the Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta in 1989 as General Manager. After a considerable time in the Far East, Duncan returned to London in June 1995 to take up the appointment as General Manager of The Savoy and of The Connaught between 1997 and 2002. After a period at The Sukothai in Bangkok he returned to London to open the refurbished Langham Hotel. He moved to Hong Kong in April 2009 to become Vice President Design for Langham Hotels and Managing Director of the Hong Kong Langham. He moved to the UK in 2014 into his present role.

  • Reunion des Gastronomes
  • Chaine des Rotisseurs
  • Chairman, Master Innholders 2001-2002
  • Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Innholders
  • Freedom of the City of London

Danny Pecorelli FIH MI

Exclusive Hotels and Venues

Exclusive Hotels has six hotels; Pennyhill Park in Surrey, South Lodge in West Sussex, Lainston House in Hampshire, The Manor House in Wiltshire, Royal Berkshire in Ascot and Fanhams Hall in Hertfordshire, plus two spas, a golf course, a cookery school, and a pub.

With a focus on training and development, Exclusive focuses on bringing the next generation through, including a Chefs’ Academy as well as a recognised Graduate Management Programme, with many people awards including being a Caterer Top 30 Employer of Choice.

  • IOD South Young Director of the Year
  • Hotelier of the Year 2014
  • Catey Award Best Group Marketing Campaign
  • Catey Award Hotel of the Year Group (South Lodge)
  • Catey Award Hotel of the Year Group (Pennyhill Park)
  • Caterer Best Places to Work

Daniel Pedreschi

General Manager, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Daniel Pedreschi, has spent over  30 years in the hospitality industry. Daniel joined the preopening team at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in 2009 as Hotel Manager and was subsequently promoted to General Manager in September 2011.

More recently Daniel has been promoted to Regional General Manager of the UK on 1st January 2018. Prior to joining the PPHE Hotel Group Daniel held various management roles within Starwood, M&C and Compass, encompassing all areas of hospitality including rooms division, meetings & events and restaurants & bars.

Most notable roles include the Director of Food & Beverage at the Grosvenor House Hotel and General Manager at Somerset House. Daniel is also heavily involved with the charity Hospitality Action where he is Chairman of the London Board.

Previously he was Chairman of the E1 Hotel Managers Group and also sat on the London committee of the British Hospitality Association. He is a director of the South Bank Employers Group and sits on the Employer Advisory Board of the LCA Business School, London.

Andrew Phillips FIH MI

Secretary, Boodles

Andrew completed The Savoy Group’s five-year Management Training Programme in 1978 and worked in various establishments, prior to his appointment as Banqueting Manager at Claridge’s in 1986.In 1990 he joined Franklin Hotels as General Manager to open The Egerton House Hotel. He subsequently opened and managed The Franklin Hotel in 1992 before becoming General Manager of Dukes in 1994.In 2003 he joined Boodles, the distinguished London Club, as Secretary.

  • Independent Hotel Managers’ Association
  • Freedom of the City of London

John Philipson BA BSc FIH MI

Operations Director, Cheval Residences, London

John has been active in the hospitality industry since finishing his higher education where he obtained an OND and HND at Newcastle University, a BA from New Hampshire College, USA and a BSc in Hospitality Management.

He started his career with the Hyatt International Group at the Hyatt Regency in Grand Cayman, BWI and the Grand Hyatt in Chicago, before moving to London, firstly at The Lowndes and then The Carlton Tower. After that he joined The Grosvenor House, before moving to The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh to work for Rocco Forte Hotels in 1997. Within two years he had risen to the position of GM at The St David’s Hotel & Spa in Cardiff and then transferred to The Lowry Hotel in Manchester in 2001 its opening year.

After this he worked for Six Senses Resorts and Spas as Area Director in the Maldives, overseeing Soneva Fushi, Soneva Gili and Six Senses Laamu. Following this he took on a role as VP of Operations in Bangkok for the group, On his return to the UK he took on a role of Managing Director for Macdonald Hotels and resorts in London.

In addition to encouraging his team to develop their skills he also continues to develop in his career. In 1998 he was the winner of the Young Acorn Awards and in 2002 John won one of the Master Inn holders scholarships to assist in his development as a General Manager at Cranfield University also in that year he received his MSc in Hospitality Management.

  • St Julian Scholar
  • European Hoteliers Association
  • Young Acorn Club
  • BHA Member
  • Freedom of the City of London

Derek Picot FIH MI

Hotel Consultant

Derek Picot consults with his company Derek Picot Consulting. He has major hotel clients in the United Kingdom and Europe and advices on asset managment as well as operations, and he currently writes a monthly opinion column on hotel issues for Business Traveller magazine. Before that he held an operating regional role for Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts in Europe as well as Meridien Hotels and Resorts in the U.K., Australia and Canada. His earlier career was with the Savoy Group, Hilton International and Mandarin Oriental. He has worked in Europe, the Middle East, America, Hong Kong and Australia.

  • Freedom of the City of London
  • Trustee Master Innholders Charity
  • Chairman Savoy Gastronomes
  • Trustee Sidney Lawton Trust
  • Author


Justin Pinchbeck FIH MI

General Manager, Beaverbrook

Pinchbeck runs the prestigious London Berkeley where he has been General Manager since 2012. Prior to this he opened Lime Wood in Hampshire, a 5-star country house hotel & Spa where he served as Hotel Director since 2009 establishing Lime Wood as one of the finest country hotels in the UK, as well as non executive director of the Pig hotels.

Prior to Lime Wood, Justin worked at some of London’s most prestigious properties including opening General Manager of The Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell, GM of 2 Firmdale Hotels. He began his career working in kitchens whilst studying a BTECH diploma in Hospitality in Oxford and moved to London where he worked at Grosvenor House Hotel for 6 years, The Sloane Club for 5 years and 2 years at the Royal Thames Yacht Club. Pinchbeck understands both the London and Country house hotel markets and has specialised in openings and major renovations. He was awarded the Catey Manager of the Year in 2012, AA Best hotel 2012 and is Chair of West One 2015. He was also the inaugraul Chairman of East One.

Miles Pooley FIH MI

Chief Executive , The Royal Air Force Club

Following a management training scheme at The Connaught hotel, Miles progessed into management at The Connaught were he spent a total of nine years. In 2003 Miles was appointed to the position of Assistant Hotel Manager at Gravetye Manor in West Sussex. From there he moved back to London in 1996 to become General Manager of the Oriental Club. In 2000 he was appointed General Manager of 47 Park Street by Marriott Grand Residences and then in 2006 he became General Manager of the London Marriott Park Lane until 2014. In 2015 Miles joined the Royal Air Force Club as Chief Executive and Club Secretary

•Member, British Hospitality Association

•Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs

•Reunion des Gastronomes

•Freedom of the City of London

Michael Purtill

Hotel and Hospitality Consultant

Michael has more than 30 years of experience in the luxury hotel profession. Having graduated with distinction in his degree in Hospitality Management at Bournemouth University in 1989, he has built a career encompassing many different aspects of the industry. He has held leadership positions in country house retreats and city-centre hotels, gained experience working internationally in Switzerland, Turkey, Hungary and China as well as the UK, and has worked in independent hotels such as Chewton Glen, Turnberry and Ashdown Park, as well as international hotel groups, such as Four Seasons, Starwood and Jumeirah.

He received recognition in winning a Caterer and Hotelkeeper 30 under 30 award and was very proud to receive a Master Innholders Scholarship in 1997. Michael was chair of the East London Hotel Association for two years in 2009 and 2010 and has been a Master Innholder and a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality since 2008.