David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2003 and has since gained more than 12 years’ experience in progressively senior finance roles within the hospitality industry, ranging from limited service hotels through to 5 star resorts. His experience includes both operational finance roles as on-property Director of Finance and Divisional Financial Controller as well as central Group FC, Finance Director and CFO roles. David’s current role involves working with the RBH Executive Committee on driving RBH’s strategy for growth and ensuring a smooth transition into managing hotels outwith the UK.
David has over 25 years’ hotel consultancy experience, developing a broad range of skills and expertise as well as wide project and geographical experience, with particular emphasis on project market, financial and investment appraisal and strategy development. Taking a lead role in client advisory work, David assists clients with hotel projects across all market sectors and levels. In addition to advising owners on the sourcing, selection and subsequent negotiation of hotel management contracts, he acts as an expert witness, with particular experience of planning appeals. David advises clients on new hotel projects and concepts and has extensive experience of helping clients to develop their existing hotel portfolios – as well as advising on individual and group acquisition projects.
David is the Chief operating Officer of Principal; a collection of city-centre hotels based in landmark buildings in exceptional locations across the United Kingdom owned by Starwood Capital. Prior to taking on this role in April 2015, he was General Manager of The London EDITION where under his leadership the hotel won numerous awards including the prestigious Catey Hotel of the Year award. Associated with other high profile openings and re-positioning projects such as the Hoxton Hotel – Shoreditch, the Great Eastern Hotel – London and the Sofitel St James – London, he is dedicated to promoting best practise within the hotel industry.
David is CEO of Swayy Media Group, the world’s leading booking site for digital influencers. Swayy helps hotels increase direct bookings, loyalty and brand awareness through targeted scalable influencer marketing. Hotels can find, evaluate, book, pay for and review the most influential people on social media to promote their venues through Swayy.
David is a founder of Arc Consulting Partners and co-founded Box Associates, based in Southwark,Arc’s development services partner in 2007. Qualified ACIOB and MSc in Construction Management, David studied at South Bank University. He has worked and managed projects across a broad range of development types and sectors, including projects in the UK, Spain, France, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and the Caribbean.
A proven commercial leader with a career embracing national and international markets, from start up to global matrix brands, working successfully with clients and hotels in the UK, Europe, USA, Middle East and Japan. A track record of consistently delivering strong results particularly in turbulent markets. I have a proven capacity to shape and lead all elements of commercial performance in all market segments to create outstanding results. I embrace and help to build a culture which is results driven, inspires performance and creates excellence through high engagement.
With over 25 years of Recruitment In-house and Agency experience within the Retail & Hospitality sectors, Dawn is a leading expert and “the go to" person for any recruitment requirements. Continually looking for innovative ideas to attract NEW talent into the Hospitality sector, Dawn saw a gap in the market and launched a bespoke Hospitality On line Advertising platform creating thousands of jobs opportunities for candidates.
Diane joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in January 2017 after retiring from Lloyds Bank where she had been a career Banker for 40 plus years. Over her last 13 years with Lloyds Bank Diane held the position of Director - Business Development Hotels where she built up a niche specialisation within the hospitality sector and was pivotal to growing their client book and sector reputation.
Cris is the founder of BDRC Group, the UK’s largest independent market research consultancy group. With 180 staff and offices in London, Singapore, Beijing, Jakarta, Sydney, Cape Town and Washington DC the firm has a global reach, working in 90+ countries.
Dr. Jesus Molina is Director of Business Development for Waterfall Security Solutions and a security consultant for the industrial IoT, augmented reality and hotels. He co-leads the Security Working Group at the Industrial Internet Consortium, and co-organizes the IoT Sandbox at the RSA conference. His recent work includes the first security framework for augmented reality devices, in collaboration with Brainwaive, and securing industrial IoT projects in different verticals for Fujitsu Ltd. Jesus has presented on offensive and defensive security technologies at the top security conferences, including RSA, Blackhat, DEFCON, Usenix Security, and IEEE Security, and his research has been featured in Wired and The Register. He authored several patents covering a wide range of security technologies. Jesus holds a M.S. and a Ph.D from the University of Maryland.