Head of Hotels & Resorts Consulting
I have thirty years experience within the hotel and resorts sector.
This covers all areas from line management within operations, consulting advisory and corporate finance and property strategies.
I have even been an owner of my own hotel which I sold at the beginning of 2007.
I specialise in new hotel development and financing solutions within the hotel sector and in Management Agreements.
Resorts are a particular passion and I have a great deal of experience with these from inception to operations
I have previosuly worked for Grand Metropolitan Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels, Horwath Consulting and HVS.
I have an almost unique understanding of the hotel sector having worked in operational management, development consultancy, brokerage, strategic advisory and corporate finance capacities within the sector as well as having owned and operated my own hotel.
At Colliers provided the A-Z service to the England FA for the hotel element of their St. George's Park development.
Graduate from the University of Surrey in UK B.Sc (Hons - 2:1) in Hotel & Catering Management
English FA, HILTON, TVHG, Faiad Family, Pontus, Waterfront Properties, Aureos Capital Partners, GI Partners, Redix, Oaktree, Hudsons, Lone Star, British Land, Plymouth City Council, Sani & Ikos resorts, medina Investments, ICG, Duddingston House Properties, artisan, Change Real estate, Aprirose, hudsons / Lone Star, Silverstone, BRDC.
“The report is an impressive document and will do
a power of good for us.
A good job done by all and
it will be helpful in seeking further investment in the future.”
Client Comment from gWest Resort, Scotland
“Thank you for the great work with the business plan! We now have a strong plan with everyone’s input catered for and a better chance of success with the project. Thanks again for your diligent high-quality work.”
London - West End
Michael graduated from the Shannon College of Hotel Management, Ireland in 1982. He spent a number of years gaining experience in Switzerland, Germany and UK until he joined the development division of Toby Restaurants (BASS PLC) in 1984. He spent five years there as Area Manager responsible for the development and operation of new concept units in London and the home counties.
In 1989, Michael joined the London office of Horwath Consulting and quickly became responsible for pioneering the company’s work in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS countries, gaining extensive experience in undertaking feasibility and strategic work for new hotel, real estate and leisure developments and the privatisation of state-owned hotels and tourism assets.
In 1994, the company re-branded as BDO Hospitality Consulting with Michael being promoted to associate director progressing to the role of director in 1996, continuing his responsibility for Central and Eastern Europe whilst also working on assignments in the UK, Middle East, Brazil and most importantly in Germany, where he was responsible for and an executive director of the firm’s joint venture with BDO GmbH, namely BDO Hospitality Consulting GmbH.
In January 1998, Michael and his fellow executive directors lead a management buy-out from BDO rebranding to TRI Hospitality Consulting in October 1999. Michael played a key role in helping the company establish a solid reputation as one of the leading firms of consultants in the sector and was primary responsible for generating fees for the company and directing assignments in Germany, Russia, CIS and Central Europe. At the beginning of 2001, Michael joined HVS International as director responsible for the development of new business opportunities for the company.
Michael has more than 25 years of experience in the international hotel sector and has specialised in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia/CIS since 1989 and is considered to be the leading expert in this region. In recognition of his knowledge of the region, Michael has moderated key discussion panels dedicated to hotel development in Russia and CIS countries at the International Hotel Investment Forum, Berlin, March 2008-15, Russia CIS Hotel Investment Forum, Moscow, October 2007-15, ProEstate Conference, St Petersburg, Russia, September 2007-10, GRI Conference, London, April 2007, the International Hotel Investment Conference, Rome, October 2006-09, Adam Smith Real Estate Conference, Moscow, May 2005-07, International Hotel Investment Conference, Monte Carlo, September 2005 and ProfitHotel, Warsaw, October 2005.
Michael then joined Horwath HTL in May 2002 as founding partner and managing director for Horwath HTL Hungary and Russia responsible for all assignments in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS. He has also been involved in projects throughout the world including Western Europe, Middle East and Latin America. Michael had been a member of the worldwide Horwath HTL committee for almost a decade.
During the last decade, Michael has been involved in hotel projects in over 40 different cities in Russia and CIS and has been successful in attracting international interest in the realisation of single asset and portfolio hotel projects. Horwath HTL Russia is considered to be market leaders in hospitality consulting in Russia. He has dealt with a broad range of clients from high net worth individuals to large international corporates.
Since early 2016, Michael has been operating as an independent consultant based out of London before joining Colliers International Hotel and Resorts team in London as a director in July 2017.
London - West End
Jessica is a Director who specialises in destination development for hospitality and mixed-use projects.
She is an experienced consultant and project manager who brings a holistic and strategic perspective to developing concepts and business plans for new sites. Her work involves identifying concept, positioning and destination strategy informed by market research; taking projects through financial feasibility appraisal; resolving strategic issues and working with master planners and wider development teams; to presenting projects to attract investment.
Jessica has a particular strength in understanding client and project requirements and in integrating the skills of Colliers specialist teams, local offices and external advisors and master planners to deliver to the needs of clients.
Her experience includes projects from 0.5 to over 800 hectares with elements including hotels, event venues, visitor attractions, residential, branded residences, office, retail, spa, wellness, golf, marina, leisure, entertainment and public realm. Projects stretch from resorts to urban brownfield sites.
Jessica has worked on projects throughout the UK and from the Caribbean, through Africa, the Western Mediterranean and Northern Europe to the Eastern Mediterranean and Eastern Europe.
Jessica has a degree from Cambridge University and a Masters in International Tourism Policy and is very widely travelled. She has been working in tourism, resort and mixed-use development for nearly 20 years. She works within the Destination Consulting and Hotels & Resorts Consulting teams in London.
London - West End
Cherise has 14 years' experience in the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry, providing consultancy advice across a broad range of sectors from hotels, golf resorts and spas, to exclusive-use venues and mixed-use developments.
She specialises in the hotel and extended stay sector, focusing primarily on market and financial feasibility studies, development advice, site and location analysis, best-use and concept development, and operator search, selection and negotiation.
Cherise also has a keen interest and expertise in preparing hotel need assessments and non-viability appraisals in support of planning applications for change of use.
London - West End
Siddhika works in the Hotels & Resorts Consulting team as a Senior Consultant.
London - West End
Senior Consultant within the hotels and resorts team, based out of the London office. I joined the team in 2018 with an established background in hotel consultancy, further supported by experience across hotel development and operations (UK&Ireland), exposure to global luxury hospitality PR and communications and a Masters in International Business.
My strengths focus on Feasibility and Viability Appraisals and Concept and Brand Development, with a particular interest in the lifestyle and leisure segments. Workstreams involve input into a broad range of projects at various stages of the development life cycle, from market viability assessment to financial feasibility and end product recommendation, working with a range of clients, operators, architects and funders, to compile projects that best meet market opportunities.
London - West End
Panos is an Analyst in the Hotels & Resorts Consulting team in the London office. He conducts market & financial feasibility studies, valuations, and operator search for hotels in the UK and other international destinations. Before joining Colliers International, Panos has worked several years in the hospitality sector.
I specialise in creating successful destinations by giving strategic advice to owners, developers, investors and operators of any place whose core business is visitors.
I work for private and public sector clients in the UK and internationally, advising on regions, cities, mixed use developments, visitor attractions and museums, leisure and entertainment, heritage and culture, parks and public realm.
The principles of long term, sustainable viability are the core of our approach through market analysis and research, concept and product development, feasibility studies, options appraisals, business planning, marketing and branding, finance, funding and governance/management advice.
Adam has a broad leisure and hospitality background, with international pedigree.
He specialises in feasibility and market studies.
Adam has also worked in a range of hotel related roles including consulting, operations and asset management across the UK and Europe. His operational roles are particularly valuable in providing first-hand understanding of the leisure customer and the realities of operating leisure businesses.
Typical skills include:
· Market analysis and research
· Concept, visioning and place branding
· Options appraisal & feasibility testing
· Business planning & financial modeling
· Project management and client liaison
· Reporting and presentation
· Asset management
Head of Hospitality Asset Management
London - West End
Over a career that spans more than 28 years Ben has developed his expertise within the sector working in a variety of management roles in a diverse range of hotel properties and brands both in the UK and overseas.
At the start of his career, post-graduation and after a number of years as a Graduate Trainee for Commonwealth Hotels of Canada, Ben quickly advanced into General Manager roles and subsequently became Regional Director.