Greg Dyke was educated at Hayes Grammar School and later at York University where he read Politics and has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in journalism and broadcasting, most notably rising to become Director General of the BBC, where he launched a number of digital television and radio channels and also helped create Freeview. He has also served as Chairman of The Football Association, the British Film Institute (where he received the BFI Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to television and film), the Ambassador Theatre Group as well a former Chancellor of the University of York. Greg is currently a BAFTA Vice President for Television and he runs several businesses of his own including golf clubs and hotels. He is the chairman of Vine Hotels, a hotel owner and operator with a portfolio of branded and independent hotels. In March, the group acquired its first hotel in Manchester, the 148-room Best Western Cresta Court.
Grisha is Founder and Managing Partner of Kaizen Hotel Investment Partners, a London-based investment company specialising in the acquisition and asset management of hotels across the UK and Europe. The Kaizen business philosophy revolves around identifying under-valued and under-performing hotels with strong value upside potential. The Kaizen approach to asset management is focused on maximizing returns through enhanced space utilization and improved profitability, combining detailed financial analysis with extensive operational knowledge.