The Brit List 2018 – hotelier profiles

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    In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. We continue with profiling our winning hoteliers in alphabetical order…

    This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The Brit List 2018. The hundreds of nominees and entries were whittled down by the event’s five judges, who were:

    • Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design
    • Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design
    • Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler
    • Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR
    • Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs

    Top hoteliers

    Faye Stone – The Pig in the Wall 

    Recently promoted as the Hotel Director of The Pig in the Wall, Faye Stone originally joined the five-strong Pig group, which is owned and operated by Home Grown Hotels, in 2012 at the original Pig hotel in Brockenhurst, Hampshire.

    The Pig in the Wall is situated in Southampton’s medieval city walls and operates as a bed and breakfast accomadtion.

    Fiona Moores – The Pig at Combe

    A Lover of cycling, fair weather and discovering new food and drink, Fiona Moores became the general manager of The Pig at Combe in 2016, when the 27-key property opened. Under Moores’ leadership, the hotel became the winner in the Conde Nast Traveler HOT LIST 2017 awards.

    As with all PIG hotels, the establishment has a particular focus on the fresh produce grown, offering guests a quintessentially British experience from check in to check out.

    Gareth Banner – The Ned, London

    Gareth Banner is the Managing Director of The Ned: a hotel, members club andcollection of restaurants in the City of London from Soho House & Co and Sydell Group.

    Gareth graduated in 1999 from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management. His first appointment was with Marriott International and he subsequently held a number of project management and senior operations roles.

    After eight years with Marriott, Gareth became Hotel Manager at The Cavendish London in 2006. During this time, he was involved in bringing the hotel back into private ownership. Gareth moved to London’s original boutique hotel, The Hempel as General Manger in 2008, where he fundamentally restructured and repositioned the five star, 50-bedroom luxury hotel before facilitating a sale of the business at the end of 2012.

    In 2013 Gareth was appointed General Manager at the iconic St. Pancras Renaissance. He was charged to provide strategic leadership for positioning the five star, 207 bedroom & 38 suite hotel, following the completion of a £200m restoration of the building in 2011.

    After joining The Ned team in 2016, Gareth’s vision was for The Ned to change the face of the City of London. Originally designed by English architect, Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924, the Grade I-listed building opened in May 2017 and includes ten restaurants, 250 bedrooms, and ‘Ned’s Club’ – where members have access to a rooftop pool, gym, spa, hamam and late night lounge bar. In 2018 The Ned has been presented with the City Heritage Award and named ‘Best Hotel’ in the GQ Food and Drink Awards.

    Jasdeep Sodhi – Hotel Indigo – 1 Leicester Square

    Located in the Neighbourhood of Cinematic Glamour, Hotel Indigo London-1 Leicester Square boasts 95 boutique style rooms, a sky-high rooftop bar and Restaurant including private space suitable for meetings, media events, pitches and huddles.

    Since opening in the spring of this year, Jasdeep Sodhi and his team have welcomed guests from around the globe to experience Leicester Square
    from a unique point of view.


    Hamish Kilburn / 27.12.2018


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