Editor, The Good Hotel Guide
Adam 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).
Group Publishing Director, Condé Nast Johansens
Charlotte 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 www.condejohansens.com 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.
Director of Hospitality and 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.
Passionate about the hospitality sector, I work as a trustee of the Springboard Charity. We promote the industry, providing specialist services to businesses to attract talent. We help young people achieve their potential, supporting unemployed people of any age into work and people facing multiple barriers.
I believe in continuous learning and setting goals in both my business and personal life. This was developed from my time as a member of the Academy of Chief Executives.
Hotel Critic and Travel Writer at Sunday Telegraph
Fiona 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.
Sales Director - Hotels, Sky
James has worked at Sky for over seven years, managing licensed, accommodation and gaming sectors. Prior to joining Sky, James was involved in setting up an integrated sales and marketing agency, delivering campaigns for companies including Bacardi Brown Foreman and JTI Tobacco. He has also worked with companies such as Proctor & Gamble, PepsiCo and Nokia in senior agency roles after starting his career in strategic planning for Trinity Mirror Group.
Hotels Editor, The Caterer
Janet 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.
Chief Executive, Pride of Britain Hotels
Peter Hancock is in his 19th 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.
Simon Numphud FIH
Managing Director, AA Hotel & Hospitality Services
Simon has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry, from managing hotels and restaurants through to the last twenty years with the Automobile Association. As Managing Director, he is responsible for both AA Hotel and Hospitality services and VisitEngland Assessment services. This includes the various AA and VisitEngland classification and award schemes which in total numbers over 15,000 hospitality businesses
Wider industry involvement includes fellow and vice chair of the Institute of Hospitality, member of the South West Board of Hospitality Action, Room to Reward Ambassador, member of the Reunion des Gastronomes, and regular judge for various national hospitality awards. Simon is also a mentor for Oxford Brookes University hospitality management students, having studied hospitality there himself during his formative years.
Editor, Boutique Hotelier
Zoe Monk is the Editor of Boutique Hotelier magazine – the leading magazine for the owners and operators of independent, lifestyle and boutique hotels across the UK. The monthly print edition and daily news alert covers a range of topical issues relevant to the savvy hotelier, from insightful industry interviews to top trend advice and trade masterclasses, all tailored to helping hotel owners grow their business.
Zoe loves nothing more than getting out and about meeting members of the hospitality industry and uncovering their secrets to running a successful luxury hotel.
Prior to her role with Boutique Hotelier, Zoe was the Editor of Hotel Business, following a journalism degree.