Throughout the various roles Richard has held within 27 years of hospitality experience they include, Operations Manager at Gleneagles, Auchterarder where he was a senior manager responsible for the delivery of the G8 Summit in 2005, General Manager at hotels in Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee & St Andrews for both globally branded hotels and unbranded properties and a director of one of Scotland’s largest event management companies.
He has been recognised nationally at UK level at the Caterer & Hotelkeeper awards 2008 and at the Scottish Hotel awards for his management achievements, 2010,2011 & 2013. He has led hotels to achieve City Hotel of the year on 4 occasions, Branded Hotel of the Year and been awarded group general manager of the year.
Currently director of 7 Hospitality Management (UK), he has supported in the feasibility, acquisition, completion and management of the multiple hotels. Richard leads the team in the hospitality consultancy to Dark Blue Holdings Ltd (USA) for a £20m stadium, 120 key branded hotel, franchise restaurants and auxiliary holdings development project. He has provided both public and private sector with hospitality feasibility studies for hotel developments and lectured on tourism and hospitality at Queen Margaret’s University, Edinburgh.
Graduating from Strathclyde University, Cornell (USA) and Lausanne (Switzerland) (joint programme) with a MSc in Hospitality & Tourism leadership, he also holds a Higher Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investment and Asset Management from Cornell University (USA)
Specialises in: Hotel operational management, hotel commercial improvement, acquisitions, feasibilities,