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).
Managing Director, Rowledge Associates
Adam is a keynote speaker and the Managing Director of Rowledge Associates, a consultancy and training business which supports companies to achieve operational excellence and commercial success by putting their people first and to enrich the lives of team members through positive impacts in the workplace. Named Independent Hotelier of the Year by the Independent Hotel Show Awards in 2018, Adam has also been awarded British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame Young Manager of the Year in 2017 and an Acorn Award in 2012.
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 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.
Director of Hospitality and Leisure, James Hallam
David Noble has been Director of Hospitality and Leisure for James Hallam since 2009, having originally started his insurance career at Landau Manson in 1989. Playing an integral role in the purchase of the Gauntlet brand in 2001 he became Managing Director of Landau Manson 2006, eventually facilitating its successful sale to James Hallam in 2009.
Passionate about the hospitality sector, David also works as a trustee of the Springboard Charity; helping young people achieve their potential, supporting unemployed people of any age into work and people facing multiple barriers. He passionately believes in continuous learning and setting goals in both my business and personal life, a view developed from his 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 produces her annual Great British Hotels guide.
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.
General Manager, Ham Yard Hotel
Laura Sharpe has been General Manager at Ham Yard Hotel since its opening in 2014. She has been at Firmdale Hotels for over 12 years in various manager level roles across a number of the London properties including Charlotte Street Hotel and The Soho Hotel. In 2018 Laura was awarded ‘Cateys Manager of the Year’, the very same year that Ham Yard Hotel won ‘Hotel of the Year’.
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.
Managing Director, Watergate Bay
Will has worked within the hospitality industry in Kenya, Switzerland and North America before returning to Cornwall in 2000 to take over the running of the family hotel at Watergate Bay. Under Will’s management, the hotel has been transformed from a traditional seasonal seaside hotel into a vibrant, sustainable year-round holiday destination.
Committed to extending his distinctive approach to hospitality, ‘active relaxation’, Will launched the Another Place collection of hotels in 2015 with the acquisition of Rampsbeck Country House Hotel in the Lake District. Completely renovated, with an additional 20 bedrooms and swimming pool, lake sports and a contemporary style, Another Place, The Lake opened in August 2017 and won the Independent Hotel Show Award 2018 for ‘Outstanding New Hotel’.
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.