Our People

Talent, Knowledge, Diversity and Growth.

Many organisations say it, but we truly are a people business.

Our customers, team and partners are integral to our success and our leadership team drives our shared ethos of respect, fairness and trust.

We’re committed to the continual development of our people; offering opportunities and incentives. This enables us to retain our talent and foster a strong team ethic.

Many of our team members have worked their way through the business and therefore fully understand our values and vision.

“We are a true people business, true to our values from inception. We work with and nurture like-minded people that share our values, which is why our teams & partners feel part of our family.”

Neil Taylor, Chief Operating Officer

Our Team

Abida is at the hub of all creative goings-on. She is the brains behind all the social media marketing.

Abida is also interested in mountain hiking, graphic designing and exploring more about the cosmos.

Abida Abbas

Group Digital Marketing Co-ordinator

Kamila has been in tune with the hospitality business for over 14 years and runs the show effortlessly. Her managerial skills have helped her build a dream team.

Kamila is a humanitarian and in her free time, she enjoys reading books, going to the gym, and swimming.

Kamila Borkowska

General Manager

Alex is a seasoned hospitality professional, in the luxury segment, across two continents, bringing a unique combination of operational and brand expertise.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and travelling. He is also an avid skydiver and martial artist practitioner.

Alex Dallocchio

General Manager

Will leads the team at Holiday Inn Express St Albans to deliver an award-winning customer experience and has a keen focus on the local community.

In his free time, he loves to travel and enjoys photography.

Will Glenn

General Manager

Sameer has 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

He is a technophile at heart but in contrast to that he enjoys travelling and exploring nature in his free time.

Sameer Kassam

General Manager

Responsible for oversight of the Group’s International Hotel portfolio & development projects.

Al-karim is currently serving in a voluntary capacity as Chairman of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Youth & Sports Board whose mandate is to improve the wellbeing of the Community’s youth across the UK & Europe.

Al-karim Nathoo

Managing Director

Elisha graduated from the Architectural Association in London. She works closely with our project consultant teams and oversees architecture and design.

She is also passionate about positive youth development and spends a lot of time working voluntarily with various youth‑oriented organisations.

Elisha Nathoo

Design Manager

Oliver is a creative and engaged leader, focusing on, and developing the hotel’s commercial strategies and creating memorable guest experiences with a “every moment matters” approach.

Coming from a musical family background, he enjoys playing the guitar and listening to music.

Oliver O’Neil

General Manager

As the opening General Manager of the first Canopy Hotel in the UK, Beatriz’s main focus is overseeing the completion of the hotel. This also includes building the team and culture and setting up the commercial strategy as well as introducing the Canopy brand to the UK market.

During her free time, Beatriz enjoys outdoor activities, running, and travelling.

Beatriz Orta

General Manager

Deepak spearheads finance. He is enthusiastic about driving the business forward to new levels and is keen on financial analysis. Deepak brings in a wealth of experience and has been with the company since 2007.

In his free time, he likes to do social work and is passionate about the betterment of the society he lives in.

Deepak Patel

Group Financial Controller

Shelina has a BA from Copenhagen Business School, she brings over 20 years of business management experience to the group and oversees our offices and retail properties portfolio, as well as our commercial activities.

Shelina is multilingual, fluent in Portuguese, Danish, English, Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi.

Shelina Samnani

Commercial Manager

Javed is an accomplished and goal-driven general manager offering more than 12 years of extensive experience in hospitality. He has managed to inspire many with his productive working relationships with his team and the guests.

Javed is keen on self-development and enjoys watching movies in his free time.

Javed Shaikh

General Manager

Neil has vast experience in opening & operating hotels across various brands including IHG, Marriott, Hilton, Wyndham, Accor & Best Western. His core competencies are within strategy, development & implementation, innovative branding, strategic marketing, sales & project development.

In his free time, he enjoys DIY and reading.

Neil Taylor

Chief Operating Officer

Idy is our support anchor and champions our team culture and charitable initiatives.

A creative at heart, she volunteers with a youth choir and sings with bands in her spare time.

Idy Udo

Executive Assistant

Rob is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He assists the group with high-level accounting, taxation, and banking advice.

Rob’s interests these days are mainly taxi service to trainings and matches for his football-obsessed sons.

Rob Way

Financial Advisor

Justin is the board’s representative for all new developments and existing properties within the Group’s Portfolio. He monitors new buildings from inception through to completion, overseeing design and consultants.

Justin’s interests are restoring classic cars, attending international car rallies, and travelling.

Justin White

Estates Manager

Asad focuses on creating, implementing, and developing the operational and revenue strategy.

In his free time, he enjoys reading books and focuses on his personal development.

Asad Zaheerudin

General Manager