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.
Memberships & Involvements
Hospitality Real Estate Group (THREG)
Hotel Property UK
Ladies in Real Estate
Next Generation Network (NGN)
London Irish Business Society (LIBS)
"Our 106-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia is due to open in November 2020 and Emma was our primary point of contact for the hotel feasibility study situated in North Wales on the site of an existing leisure facility. Emma was very professional in her approach and was able to understand the business including the unique complexities of the project. Emma also supported funder discussions leading to senior debt being secured on the hotel. The service received fully met our expectations and we would definitely recommend Emma and the Colliers team for similar projects " - David Watson, Group Finance Director, Ainscough Group
"Ion Property Developments Ltd invited the Colliers Hotels & Resorts Consulting team to assist with the preparation of a bid for a developer competition being run by the Cheshire Football Association and Cheshire West and Chester Council. The input provided by Colliers contributed in no small part to our success in winning the competition. Once Ion were appointed, Emma O’Driscoll has played a key role in site selection, advising on the most appropriate operational arrangements for the facility and undertaking a competitive process to identify a suitable hotel partner. Emma’s local knowledge and her ability to convey complex arrangements to a large client team which includes partners who have a limited experience in property matters has been really helpful to the process. Ion and its partner agencies have been impressed with the market interest that Emma has been able to generate in the scheme and the preferred hotel operator that we have been able to select has exceeded our expectations. We would be happy to recommend the Colliers Hotels and Resorts consulting team to others and indeed we are looking to use them on two further projects we are looking to being forward." - Rob Mason, ION Developments
"Emma O’Driscoll, on behalf of Colliers International, produced a feasibility study during 2019 for Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) for a high profile and potentially contentious local hotel development project. Both parties regard the final document that was produced, by Emma, to be a high quality purpose driven report which is methodical in its structure and layout and detailed and informative in its content. The detail of the report and its conclusions have helped EICC and CEC develop a sound business case for the project that they are pursuing. In addition to this, as part of their due diligence process, CEC sought opinion on Colliers feasibility study report from another consultancy organisation. Whilst there were a number of differences in methodology, narrative emphasis and financial/statistical outcomes contained within the Collier’s feasibility study and their own assessment of the project, the organisation reviewing the document could not find any significant errors or concerns with regard to the thrust of and the conclusions contained within the Collier’s report. We believe this to be testament to the robustness of the report that Emma produced.The time scales for the project were tight, a number of changes were made to the brief in the course of the feasibility study’s completion and constant demands were made of Emma from CEC and EICC during its production. During all of this she remained calm, professional and diligent. She was also helpful and courteous throughout the duration of the project.
On the basis of the report produced for EICC and CEC, by Emma, I would have no hesitation in recommending Colliers International to other organisations who have a requirement for similar consultancy advise. Indeed EICC may require an additional piece of consultancy advise and if this materialises we would have no hesitation in asking Colliers International to undertake this work on our behalf". - Les, Florence, EICC Limited
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.
Head of Hotels & Resorts Consulting
London - West End
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
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
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.