Stephen Coupe FIH MI

South Africa

Stephen launched Cromlix House, which was recognized as Hotel of the Year. In 1985 he launched One Devonshire Gardens and afterwards The Royal Scotsman luxury touring train, considered one of the world’s greatest travel experiences. As an operational consultant for luxury boat, train and villa projects in France, Ireland, India, Canada and South Africa, he was subsequently appointed General Manager for the exclusive Loch Lomond Golf Club. Now based in Franschhoek, he works on a range of hotel and commercial property based projects. He is a founder member of Pride of Britain and Connoisseurs Scotland.

  • Pride of Britain Founder Member
  • Connoisseurs Scotland Founder Member

Peter Egli

General Manager, Suvretta House

Educated in Switzerland and trained as a chef, Peter studied hotel management at the Swiss Hotel Management School, Lucerne. He also trained as Quartermaster and served in the Swiss Air Force to the rank of a captain until 2004.

In 1993 he joined the Grand Hotels in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland where he was promoted to Deputy Manager. This was an incredible opportunity for him to be actively involved with the Management to bring this Resort into the future. The project included a complete rebuild of the 106 rooms five star Grand Hotel Quellenhof, integration of the Golf Club Restaurant, Casino with bar and the 137 rooms four star Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz with four different restaurants.

In 2004 Peter moved to England as General Manager of Whatley Manor to guide this new Country House Hotel into the future until 2014. He returned to Switzerland in April 2014. Together with his wife Esther he is managing the world renowned Suvretta House in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

  • Freedom of the City of London
  • Maître Restaurateur Chaîne des Rôtisseurs

Jason Harding FIH MI

Regional General Manager, Armani Hotels, Dubai

Jason has worked for the Rocco Forte Collection since 1999, initially as Resident Manager at the Balmoral, followed by a similar role at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester. He spent a short time at Brown’s as Hotel Manager before taking the General Manager’s position at The St David’s Hotel & Spa in 2002. He moved back to the Lowry as General Manager in 2006 when the St David’s was sold.But his earlier career is far more interesting! After some years working as a carpenter for an interiors company, he joined the London Hilton on Park Lane as a member of its engineering team. He then spent time as Chief Engineer at the Café Royal and as Estates Manager at Brocket Hall.Jason’s personal commitment to training is exemplary and his membership gives the Master Innholders another strong and respected voice in the North West. He is very proactive with local schools, colleges and universities, working on a range of practical based projects. He has also implemented a wide range of development programmes for his management team and supervisors in each of the hotels where he as worked.

Jason moved to Dubai in late 2009 where he is GM at The Palace The Old Town. He was appointed Regional General Manager for Armani Hotels and Resorts in 2012.

  • Active member: the Manchester Hotelier Association
  • Member: European Hotel Managers Association
  • Freedom of the City of London

Simon Hirst FIH MI

General Manager Raffles Praslin, Seychelles

Simon Hirst joined Raffles in April 2012 frllowing a distinguished career with CampbellGray Hotels, from General Manager at One Aldwych since its opening in 1997 and then as Operations Director. Prior to joining One Aldwych he was General Manager and opened the Four Seasons Regent Resort in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand and was Resident Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, the Four Seasons London and the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco. Born and educated in England, he started his career in Hong Kong as a management trainee with Trusthouse Forte before joining Mandarin Oriental, holding several positions in Hong Kong over 12 years, before moving to San Francisco.

  • Freedom of the City of London
  • St Julian Scholar

Klaus Kabelitz FIH MI

General Manager, Hotel le Richmond, Geneve

Klaus was born in Germany where he served his apprenticeship at the Dusselforf Hilton. He moved with Hilton to London, Paris, Geneva and was based in New York responsible for staff training in Europe and Africa. He arrived at the London Hilton as Front Office Manager in 1987 and moved from there to the Conrad Chelsea Harbour. He joined the Four Seasons, Park Lane in 1990 and then moved with the company to Berlin. Klaus returned to London in 1998 as House Manager at Claridge’s and moved from there to The Berkeley as General Manager in 2003. He joined the Dorchester Collection as GM of Le Richemond in April 2012.

  • St Julian Scholar
  • European Hotel Managers Asscoiation
  • Freedom of the City of London

Christopher Mander FIH MI


A part of the hotel industry since 1972, Chris has worked extensively in the Middle East, the U.K. and the U.S.A. He has been both General Manager and Regional Vice President Operations in Inter-Continental’s most lucrative and important hotels and markets.Until recently, Chris was now responsible for Inter-Continental Hotels in the Midwest and Canada. He has now retired.

  • Chaine de Rotisseurs
  • Freedom of the City of London

Jane Renton FIH MI

Project Management

Jane joined The Lowndes Hotel in 2004, and then oversaw the closure and major refurbishment project, to the launch of the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in 2006. She left in 2010 for a sabattical and then went on to be Estates Manager with the Belgravia Residents Association. Jane studied hospitality management in her homeland of Wales, thereafter working in hotels and also holding a lecturing post for three years. Moving to London, Jane joined The Dorchester where she had a series of senior positions over nine years, including being part of the project team during their closure, major renovation and launch. She became GM of Draycott House Apartment Hotel, Chelsea where she masterminded the conversion to a full service hotel.

Jane moved to Thailand in 2014 and became Resort General Manager for Cham’s House.

  • Freedom of the City of London
  • St Julian Scholar
  • Executive Councilor the Institute of Hospitality (FIH)
  • International Councilor Association of International Chefs de Reception (AICR)
  • Committee member- Reunion des Gastronomes
  • Member British Hospitality Association
  • Member Chaine des Rotisseurs
  • Member European Hotel Managers Association

Dagmar Woodward FIH MI

General Manager, The Jumeirah, Frankfurt

Dagmar Woodward began her career as a trainee Chef at the Frankfurt Inter-Continental in 1970 and worked her way up through Food and Beverage departments in Paris, Washington, Atlanta and New York before taking up the post of General Manager at the Portman Inter-Continental. After serving seven years as the General Manager of the May Fair Inter-Continental in London, Dagmar took up the position of General Manager of the Hotel Inter-Continental Paris in1998. She became Directeur Generale of Le Royale Monseau in 2006. In 2009 Dagmar became General Manager of the Jumeirah, Frankfurt.

  • BHA Member- RAGB
  • Hotelier of the Year: 1992
  • European Hotel Manager 1999
  • Freedom of the City of London