Richard Candey

Senior Director, Investor Services EMEA, Cushman & Wakefield

Richard Candey is a Partner with over 26 years of Hotel industry experience and heads up Cushman & Wakefield’s Hospitality Investor Services across EMEA. He is responsible for promoting the business and coordinating hotel assignments across the region. Richard has in-depth knowledge of the sector and has led multiple capital markets and advisory assignments, applying his skills in numerous markets and has a particularly close understanding of the hotel development and investment arena.

Richard Hodson

Director, UKGlobal

Richard has worked as an insurance broker for 20 years around the UK, the London Market and spent five years in Australia where for part the time he headed up the Aerospace division of an international brokerage. Since 2011 he has been specialising in “Cyber” and the risks posed by the increased use of technology in our everyday and corporate lives. Richard with two others founded UKGlobal Holdings in May 2016 and with these other investors purchased the majority shareholding in the independent broker UKGlobal Risk Solutions with offices in London and Manchester, they have since opened further offices Wakefield and Blackpool.

Richard Downs

Director of Franchising & Business, Casual Dining Group

Richard spearheads the ambitious roll out of CDG brands across the globe, adding franchised operations to the 300 equity sites the company currently trades. Alongside this he leads CDGs tender process for new concepts within their growing concessions business. With over 20 years of experience, both in running and directing operations, Richard understands our restaurant brands inside out, and guides our partners in preparing for their opening programmes.

Robbie Bargh

Founder and Creative Partner, Gorgeous Group

Robbie Bargh founded the business in 1999. Prior to setting up Gorgeous Group, Robbie ran some of the best hotel and stand-alone restaurants and bars in London, New York, and Sydney. Obsessive about guest experience and engagement, Robbie has vast knowledge on food, drink and what makes a great restaurant and bar. Clients past and present include Four Seasons Ten Trinity, Belmond, Ritz Carlton, Fairmont, Hilton, Oberoi Hotels, Hyatt, Dorchester Collection, Langham Hotels, Whitbread, The Goring, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Voyages, Sofitel and British Airways, Selfridges, H&M, Harrods Estates, Canary Wharf Management to independent operators such as Alan Yau Restaurants, Dishoom, Wahaca, Kimchee and Deliciously Ella.

Robert Nadler

CEO, Nadler Hotels

Robert doesn’t come from a hotel background. He’s worked in a variety of industries, from qualifying as a chartered surveyor, smoking fish, policing the Soho streets, founding two research companies, and as CEO of a public company. In 2006, Robert developed and opened his first hotel, the 65 room base2stay Kensington, now renamed The Nadler Kensington. This move into the hotel industry was inspired by his personal experiences as a guest, and a view that sustainability was an increasingly important aspect of every business.

Ryan Pearson

UK Area Manager,

Ryan is a key member of’s UK and Ireland management team. Since 2014, he has been responsible for the Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland markets, managing multiple partner-facing teams, as well as working closely with local business and tourism bodies to promote’s growth in the UK.

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