The Hotel Management Company is privileged to have a team of highly experienced industry leaders within our stable. All of our executive team have unimpeachable credentials and are leaders in their particular fields.


  • Michael Gray
  • Christine Hodder
  • Robert Holland
  • Nick Howat
  • Ben Livingstone
  • Mark Lyndon
  • Nicola Williamson

Michael Gray

Michael is first and foremost a consummate career hotelier. A previous UK 'Hotelier of the Year', Michael has spent the last 13 years running the 5 Star Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill and for the last 6 of these was Area Vice President for the UK for Hyatt International, holding responsibility for their other hotels in the region, The Andaz in London, and the Hyatt Regency, Birmingham. He joined Hyatt in 1974 after early training at Claridge's and has opened and managed hotels for them around the world including in Australia and Singapore. On returning to the UK from Asia, he ran the Hyatt Carlton Town in London for many years before taking up his most recent role.

Michael's over-riding belief and passion is that great hoteliery comes down to the people involved in the business and in harnessing their passion and ambition to deliver truly exceptional service and product.

Michael recently retired from full-time employment and now works with The Hotel Management Company and The Buell Group, leading on hotel operational projects.

Christine Hodder

Christine Hodder is a career hotelier with a wealth of experience of managing, developing and opening hotels around the world. She has worked extensively in the Far East for many of the world's leading companies including Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Aman Resorts, Regent Hotels, Shangri-La and Four Seasons, and has also run two of London's leading boutique hotels, The Milestone and The Stafford Hotel.

Her career developed in Sales & Marketing before she moved into direct operations and her early career was also spent in London with the Carlton Tower Hotel. Here she worked with Hyatt who she also worked with in New Zealand.

With all round knowledge of all aspects of successful hotel operation, Christine is a professional with excellent communication and management skills. She is analytical, articulate and highly intelligent and is able to operate in pretty much any hotel environment.

Robert Holland

Robert is a highly experience senior Catering and Hotel executive with an impeccable career in the sector. He most recently managed the London hotel properties of Bespoke Hotels but previously had his own advisory business and worked with a number of leading caterers and venues across the country supporting them in developing the quality and positioning of their products and offerings.

Previously, Robert ran his own restaurant business very successfully before entering the corporate world.

Nick Howat

Nick is an International MBA with over 20 years of hospitality experience on assignments across four continents. With an early career in hotel and restaurant operations with the Savoy Group, Whitbread and Orient Express Hotels, in the UK and USA, Nick worked for BDO (latterly TRI) Hospitality Consulting, on all types of projects from urban boutique hotels to island resorts in the Caribbean. From there, he moved into an acquisitions role with MWB Group Plc. He was then one of the founders of Vision Asset Management, which is now part of Colliers International. Nick moved on to founder his own hotel asset management company, a business he successfully ran for some 11 years.

Nick has a wealth of experience in the hotel management and development market-place. Complimented by his MBA from the John Huntsman School in Utah, a second master's in economics and banking from the University of Exeter, adding to his undergraduate degree in Hotel Management from Portsmouth, and a second in degree in Agriculture from The Royal Agricultural College.

Nick is well versed in the delivery of strategic studies and all types of feasibility work.

Ben Livingstone

Having spent more than ten years in hospitality operations, Ben moved into advisory upon graduation from the University of Surrey in 2005. Further to gaining promotion to Associate Director with one of the leading advisory firms in the UK (TRI Hospitality Consulting) Ben broadened his understanding of the dynamics of hotel investments by joining Yotel in a senior development role. In 2014, Ben formed LHC Limited (LHC Ltd) providing bespoke advice to clients in the hospitality sector.

Ben is a highly analytical individual with 20 years of employment in the hospitality industry. He has excellent market-wide knowledge of the UK and European hotel industry having conducted feasibility studies and market analysis projects for independently-operated and branded hotels across all sectors in a wide variety of locations. Ben has highly detailed knowledge of the performance dynamics of hotel operations across all sectors with established expertise in projecting revenues, costs and profitability.

Mark Lyndon

Mark has over 20 years' experience and a proved track record in Hospitality Sales & Marketing. He has worked with many of the UK's leading hotel groups including; IHG (Crowne Plaza Hotels, Holiday Inn) Marriott UK, De Vere Hotels, The Rocco Forte Collection, Rezidor Hotels Group (Radisson Blu & Park Inn), Macdonald Hotels, Best Western Hotels and Q Hotels, as well as smaller independent groups.

Mark is passionate about delivering success by building creative and individual campaigns that work for you.

Nicola Williamson

Nicky has over 20 years of HR experience working across geographies with global hospitality companies.

Her most recent corporate role was Director of HR, Europe for InterContinental Hotels Group where she was responsible primarily for the InterContinental brand. Prior to this she spent 14 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts in HR & Training, culminating in a role as Internal Brand consultant with responsibility across EMEA.

Nicky is very experienced in HR Strategy as well as running Leadership Development, Culture Change and OD programmes in developed and emerging markets... always with a focus on the brand.