Shortlisting Committee

Kate Levin - General Manager, The Capital Hotel

Kate’s father founded the 5 star Capital Hotel in 1971 and it is no surprise that now as one of London’s youngest female GM she has the passion and drive to keep his principles of great British service alive, fresh and relevant in today’s market. Kate has also ensured time to put back into the industry as a whole, is a St Julian’s Scholar and Chairman of Pride of Britain Hotels. In 2016 Kate was winner of the prestigious Independent Hotelier of the Year at the Independent Hotel Show.

Kate Levin

Bronwyn de Cholewa - Sales Director, Sky Business

Bronwyn de CholewaBronwyn has extensive experience in PayTV, having held roles in Production, Marketing, Operations, Development and B2B Account Management with both Sky UK and Foxtel Australia.

As sales director at Sky Business, Bronwyn is responsible for Sky’s strategic partnerships, developing new partner networks and managing existing relationships within the hotel sector. Prior to this she was responsible for leading Sky’s hotel team and overseeing the growth in Sky’s customers within the hotel and leisure sectors.

Janet Harmer - 

Hotels Editor, The Caterer

Janet HarmerJanet Harmer is an award winning journalist, with more than 30 years’ experience writing about the hospitality industry. She has been hotels editor of The Caterer since 2009. In her spare time, she loves to walk and in 2014 completed a fund-raising trek in Nepal with industry charity Springboard. Janet is a mother of two and owner of a golden retriever, with whom she explores the Surrey Hills every weekend.

Fiona Duncan

Fiona DuncanFiona Duncan has been writing about and reviewing hotels for 30 years. She began her career as a magazine journalist and then an editor and writer of travel guides before launching a series of hotel guides with her husband: The Charming Small Hotel Guides. She researched and wrote many of the guides, travelling in Britain, Europe and beyond, and in 1999 was asked to write about hotels for the Telegraph. She began her weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph in 2006 and continues to this day. While the Telegraph column concentrates on British hotels, she also writes many foreign travel articles and hotel reviews for various publications, mainly the Telegraph but also Condé Nast Traveller, Tatler and other publications, including Country & Townhouse magazine, in which she has a monthly column and for whom she produces her annual Great British Hotels guide.

Peter Hancock - Chief Executive, Pride of Britain Hotels

Peter Hancock is in his 18th year as Chief Executive of Pride of Britain Hotels, a marketing collection of never more than 50 of the finest independent luxury and boutique hotels in Britain. Before this he was Group Publishing Director of Johansens and was a hotel general manager in his early career, starting as a waiter in the late 1970s.

Peter is a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, a fellow of the Academy of Food & Wine Service, a fellow of HOSPA, an ambassador for the Gold Service Scholarship, an honorary Master Innholder and a regular columnist for The Caterer and Hotel Owner magazine.

Peter Hancock

David Noble - Director of Hospitality & Leisure, James Hallam

I am David Noble, Director of Hospitality and Leisure since 2009. I started my insurance career at Landau Manson in 1989 and became a Director in 1998. I was integral in the purchase of the Gauntlet brand in 2001 and became Managing Director of Landau Manson 2006. In 2009 I facilitated its successful sale to James Hallam. I am passionate about the hospitality sector and I work as trustee of the Springboard Charity. We promote the industry as great place to work providing specialist services to businesses to attract talent.

David Noble

Charlotte Evans - Group Publishing Director, Condé Nast Johansens Luxury Hotels, Spas and Venues guides

Charlotte EvansCharlotte Evans has been Group Publishing Director of Condé Nast Johansens Luxury Hotels, Spas and Venues guides since November 2012. Charlotte has since led Condé Nast Johansens' digital evolution, a re-imagined website and the introduction of an additional digital-only venue guide, in addition to 3 newly designed printed guides.  This has further established Condé Nast Johansens' position as the leading independently produced multi-media source for today’s traveller, sourcing hotels, spas and venues for leisure and business in the UK, Europe and the Americas. Over 100 new properties have been added to the portfolio in the last 12 months. Each of which have been selected by the critical eye of the Condé Nast Johansens Local Experts.  These additions highlight the breadth, relevance and authority of the portfolio, recognising the destinations independent travellers intend to visit in the next 24 months. Condé Nast is the largest magazine publisher in the world with over 140 magazines and 120 websites.  The Johansens division shares website links, advertorial, advertising space and international brand recognition. Condé Nast Johansens offers luxury properties a unique marketing opportunity to increase national and international awareness and drive commission-free bookings direct to hotels.

Andrew J M Oxley FIH MI - Head of Hotel & Hospitality Services, The AA

Andrew J M Oxley FIH MIAndrew is currently Head of Hotel & Hospitality Services for the AA where he has been since April 2017. In 1997, Andrew graduated from the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies (as was) with a degree in Hotel Business Management.

Having worked at Bodysgallen Hall for his degree placement year, he was fortunate enough to get his first job at Bodysgallen’s sister property, Hartwell House. Leaving Hartwell as the Deputy General Manager after 5½ years he then moved to Tylney Hall in the same position. 4 years later he moved as General Manager to Oakley Court Hotel and then subsequently to the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel as Hotel Manager. In 2009 he took the position of General Manager at the Coppid Beech Hotel where he remained until 2014, when he took the position of General Manager at Down Hall Country House Hotel.

Andrew won a Master Innholders Scholarship to Cornell in 2011 and subsequently became, and remains, a St Julian Scholar. In 2014, he became a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and in 2015 he became a Master Innholder.

Adam Raphael - Publisher, Good Hotel Guide

Adam RaphaelAdam Raphael has been publisher of the Good Hotel Guide for the past ten years. A former presenter of BBC’s Newsnight programme, he is currently a regular guest on BBC World’s Dateline programme. In his newspaper career, Adam has been a foreign correspondent for The Guardian (Washington, New York and Cape Town), political editor and executive editor of The Observer (1976-93), and home affairs editor of The Economist (1994-2004). He has won several awards for his journalism including Journalist of the Year (British Press Awards 1973) and Investigative Reporter of the Year (Granada TV 1973). He is also the author of two books, My Learned Friends, a study of the British libel laws (WH Allen 1990) and Ultimate Risk, the story of the collapse of the Lloyd’s insurance market (Bantam 1994).

Tracy Lowy - Hotelier & Founder, Living Rooms - The Hotel Alternative

Tracy LowyTracy first identified a need for an alternative to London's traditional hotels in the 90s, and conceived the Living Rooms concept of combining the service of a hotel with the style, comfort and space of a stylish home. No.5 Maddox Street was the first incarnation of that vision, while The Laslett - winner of Best Outstanding New Hotel in 2016 and hot-listed in Conde Nast Traveller - is the latest addition to the four-piece collection.

Tom Bell - Editor, the Alastair Sawday Guide to British Hotels & Inns

Tom BellTom Bell writes the Alastair Sawday Guide to British Hotels & Inns, an annual pilgrimage of 10,000 miles across the country in search of the loveliest small hotels in the land.

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