HOSPACE 2017 | 2nd November 2017


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Jane Jane Pendlebury - CEO, HOSPA

Peter Hancock Peter Hancock - Chief Executive, Pride of Britain Hotels


Peter was appointed Chief Executive of Pride of Britain Hotels, a consortium of independent luxury hotels, in 2000. Before that he was Group Publishing Director at Johansens and was a hotel General Manager in Sussex and Hampshire in his early career, starting as a waiter in the late seventies. He writes a regular column in The Caterer Magazine and is frequently invited to address audiences at business seminars and dinners, bringing him into contact with a wide cross section of the hospitality Industry.

Chris Upton - Chairman, HOSPA

Chris Upton is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in senior financial positions in the hospitality sector for over 20 years. He has been finance director of many hotels, pubs and restaurant groups.  Before that, he held senior positions in finance and IT at several commodity trading companies. 

He was Finance Director of Arcadian International plc – during which time the company developed a group of four-star country house hotels, started the Malmaison group and renovated the Great Eastern Hotel in the City of London.  

He was a founder and non-executive director of Pod Food; and co-founded Snoozebox Plc, an innovative portable hotel concept. In addition, he is currently non-executive director of a London hotel company and runs a consultancy practice, C U Associates Ltd, specialising in hospitality. He was appointed to the then BAHA Council in 2007 and served as Deputy Chairman until his new appointment as HOSPA Chairman September 2014.

sally beck Sally Beck - Lancaster London

Sally's career has reached its highest note yet. Named General Manager of the £32 million Lancaster London on New Year Day, the job comes just as the deluxe hotel begins to create its future with the treasures of its past. Her stature in a top global industry is assured.

robert barnard Robert Barnard - BDO

Robert Barnard has over thirty five years’  experience in the hospitality sector. And has had many roles within the industry including Customer Relations Director, Strategic Planning Director and Assistant to the Chairman of Forte plc. 

Since re-joining BDO in 1998, he has led a broad range of hospitality consultancy assignments throughout the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.  These have included strategic planning, negotiation of heads of terms between owners and operators in contemplation of management agreements, hotel market studies with earnings estimates, valuations of individual assets and hotel portfolios and operational reviews. He is also a frequent commentator on hotel industry matters at conferences and in the media.

martine ainsworth-wells

Martine Ainsworth- Wells

Qualified & experienced Olympic-host-city communications and marketing professional with over 25 years’ experience. Martine strategically developed, delivered and evaluated domestic and International communications, marketing, and reputation management for London & Partners and London, Olympic host city, 2004-2012 across: leisure & business tourism; major events; higher education and foreign direct investment.

Martine has worked for some of the UK's most successful media owners and worked agency side and client side. She has promoted the world's number one city and its promotional body, and represents the globes most popular tourist destination, Europe.

An experienced, engaging and motivational change-agent and leader, Martine has extensive stakeholder experience, working across the commercial and public sector.

Jeremy Robinson - Partner, WFWjeremy robinson

Jeremy is a Partner in the London office of international law firm Watson Farley & Williams LLP.  Jeremy specialises in EU law, EU competition law, UK Competition Law and regulation across all sectors but with particular interest in aviation and travel.  He assists airport and airline clients with competition investigations, EU litigation and competition advice in commercial transactions. He has advised tour operators, travel businesses and hotels on navigating the complexities of competition law.  His work covers international merger control for mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; distribution and licensing arrangements; restrictive agreements/abuse of dominance; competition compliance; State aid; economic and trade sanctions; economic regulation; and the legal implications of “Brexit”.

Mark Essex Mark Essex - KPMG

Director, Public Policy

Mark’s career began at Apollo Metals, an aerospace materials SME based in Birmingham.  Mark moved to KPMG in 2003 and spent a decade in the strategy group where he helped clients to understand the impact of their decisions.

Mark uses critical thinking, an analytical approach and a focus on the customer to come at questions from a different angle. He now applies these skills to understanding public policy and the opportunities it provides for business and government clients.

Mark has been thinking about Brexit since 2014. On March 1 he forecast the result for Leave with between 51% and 53% and now leads an intelligence and analysis team who are researching the impact of Vote Leave on our clients.

Mark’s cross-sector experience means he has published on a diverse range of policy topics including “Brexit: How would business vote”, “Brexit, a perspective on bilateral negotiations”, “Reimagine Care”, “the Future of the Grocer”, “A strategy for feeding families”, “A timely strategy for hospitals to cope with demand”, and “Unbundling home ownership”


liz hall Liz Hall - PWC

Head of Hospitality & Leisure Research at PricewaterhouseCoopers

She has worked in the tourism sector for over 30 years, joining PwC from Deloitte in 1999. She is an acknowledged expert in the sector and has authored numerous prominent publications.

At PwC, this includes launching the flagship journal Hospitality Directions Europe, the UK Hotels Forecast and a new annual European cities hotel forecast. She presents at many briefings and events in PwC as well as externally.

She is a Fellow of the Tourism Society.

sarah duigan Sarah Duigan - STR Global

Director of Account Management, STR Global 

Sarah departed Irish shores in May 2005 having spent seven years in Hotel operations.

She joined the HotelBenchmark team at Deloitte in London as a Business Development Executive and as the team re-structured came to manage a number of key international clients in the Account Management team. STR Global was formed in March 2008 following the merger of the HotelBenchmark team with The Bench and Smith Travel Research. 

Sarah now heads up the Account Management team as Director of Account Management, she regularly attends and presents at Hotel Group and Industry events.

She holds an Honours Degree in Translation (German & Spanish) from Dublin City University

peter martin Peter Martin - CGA Peach

Peter is the leading commentator on the UK eating and drinking-out market. 

He is vice president of CGA Peach, the specialist data, insight and networking business, formed in 2013 when his Peach Factory Company merged with CGA Strategy. Products include Coffer Peach Business Tracker, Peach BrandTrack, CGA Trading Index and the Peach Report magazine.

Peter has over 30 years experience in the sector as commentator, editor and media-owner and has launched and run a raft of industry journals and events, including the M&C Report newsletter.

He is a vice president and co-founder of the ALMR, the licensed retail trade organization

John Guthrie - BHA

John was appointed Employment Policy Adviser in April 2016. He has been involved with the Association’s work over the last five and a half years working with Ufi on the Association’s major policy reports, the submission to the DCMS Select Committee Inquiry on Tourism and our contributions to the Low Pay Commission. In his new role, he will take responsibility for the Association’s evidence to the LPC and all other employment issues.

John’s background was in Human Resources where he spent 25 years with Cadbury Schweppes, Grand Metropolitan (now Diageo) and the Hilton Group. He has a strong knowledge of the pubs, restaurants and hotels sector and understands the crucial role that people make in our businesses.