Personal Statement

A creative self-starter, accustomed to leading numerous design teams across a variety of projects. Experienced in delivering multi-million-pound interiors, with over 33 years of hotel and leisure design and project delivery experience, in Europe and Asia.

Strong abilities in delivering strategic guidance and pace to every project, with a fair, calm and pragmatic approach to problem solving. Extensive experience in negotiating solutions across multiple stakeholders, to translate initial commercial objectives, into revenue generating built environments whilst ensuring the design and creative objectives are maintained.

Work Experience

May 2019 - Present

February 2020 – March 2021 - Goddard Littlefair (GL) – Senior Project Designer

May 2019 – To Date - Freelance Senior Project Designer

I returned to work for GL in February of last year at the request of the owning company of the Mandarin Oriental, Vienna - having developed a good working relationship with them. My role was to head the GL team of 6 – 10 and advance development of the project from the initial design concepts through DD and onto Construction, whilst ensuring we worked within the tight Mandarin Oriental Design and Construction guidelines. Liaising closely with the Directors at all stages of the development.

There were significant planning issues to be resolved across the hotel, and significant design development that these changes required. Whilst the project wasn’t strictly a façade retention scheme, the level of demolition and complexity that this created in a listed monument, the challenges of marrying the building, owner and operator requirements were significant.

Jan 2017 – May 2019 | Design Director | Goddard Littlefair Ltd - London

A new role created in response to the demands of the growing studio from 45 in 2017 to 60+ present day staff. Assisting the founders in managing this growth, identifying and implementing systems and processes, whilst providing mentoring and guidance to all members of the company.

Main responsibilities include: RFP and legal coordination, fee proposal development, design cost management, design brief implementation, master planning, monitoring design development and overall project control through to completion. Design staff recruitment and ongoing staff requirement analysis. In addition to the daily management responsibilities, larger scale projects begin with me to manage and coordinate through the initial mobilisation period and continue through the various RIBA stages.

Major projects I overseeing oversaw:

• Intercontinental Hotel, Berlin - €60 million major refurbishment of rooms and public areas. Took over stalled project and navigated it through an extensive validation process to establish cost certainty. 1st area (ballroom and pre-function) about to be tendered for May start.

• Royal Horseguards Hotel, London - £40 million hotel repositioning refurbishment. Project leader on major pitch document and substantial validation process to gain cost certainty.

• Four Seasons Hotel, Tivat, Montenegro - extensive hotel and small coastal town development. Project leader from onset, co-ordinating the GL team of 18 people, across all departments, on fast track program.

• Four Seasons Hotel, Vienna, Austria - €150 million conversion of Vienna secession listed monument municipal court house. Initial project lead across all areas of the development within GL. Coordinating between joint venture partners, operator, consultants and in-house design team.

May 2015 - Dec 2016 | Senior Design Associate | Anita Rosato Interior Design - London

On returning to London, due to my parents’ failing health, I joined Anita Rosato, a long-standing friend and colleague, to assist with the running of several large-scale projects.

Major projects include:

  • The Goodman Group US based senior care home provider, 150 room residential home in Epsom. Value £40million. Project was in difficulty when I arrived due to an under estimation of the level of complexity of Building Information Management required. I steered the project through extremely turbulent times and eventually negotiated additional fees to enable the studio to complete the task.

 

  • Lygon Arms Hotel, Cotswolds – Grade I & II coaching house

1992 - 2015 | Designer / Associate / Managing Director | LRF Designers Ltd - Hong Kong & London

2007 – 2015 - Senior Design Associate – Hong Kong

1998 – 2006 - Managing Director - London
1992 - 1998 – Senior designer / Associate – Hong Kong

During my 24 years with LRF Designer’s, I encountered all stages and aspects of a career in high end interior design from a drawn project development and management point of view. This included initial pitch concept creation and development, the overseeing of FF&E colleagues and eventual presentations to clients. As Managing Director at the newly formed London office, non-design related responsibilities included office management, recruitment, pitch development, fee and contract negotiations.

In the later years of my time with LRF back in HK, I was personally responsible for the design, development, operator coordination and the eventual building of projects such as:

 

Conrad Hotel, Seoul, South Korea
Marriott Hotel City Centre, Shanghai, China
Mandarin Oriental Residences and Apartments, Macau

1991 – 1992 | Self Employed Interior Designer, London

1988 – 1991 | Richard Daniels Design plc, London

1987 – 1988 | Design Co, Ipswich

 

Entire Career Projects List

UK

Horseguards Hotel, London

Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard, London

Chewton Glen Hotel and Country Club

Grosvenor House Hotel, London

Cavendish Hotel, London

Cumberland Hotel, London

Sopwell House Hotel, St Albans

Queens Hotel, Leeds
Thistle Hotel, Haydock Park, Haydock

Forte Hotel, Reading
Various Private Residential, Chelsea

Sheraton Belgravia Hotel, London

Sheraton Park Towers, London
Anglia Secure Homes
Criterion Brasserie, London

China

Nantong Presidential Villa, Nantong

Marriott City Centre, Shanghai

Marriott Chanfeng Park, Shanghai

Shangri-la, Pudong, Shanghai

Lotus Hill International Hotel, Shenzhen

Dragon Hotel, Hangzhou

Hong Kong

Island Shangri-la

Harbour Plaza Hotel, North Point

Grand Standford Intercontinental

JW Marriott
The Summit, Residential Tower

187 Pak Shek Kok, Club House

188 Pak Shek Kok, Club House

Carmen Gardens Club House

La Luna Restaurant, AMC
Avenue, Show Suite, Sino Land

Inverness Park, Show Suite, Chinachem

Mayfair by the Sea, Sino Land

Granville, Show Suite, Wing Tai
Chum Hom Kok, Residential
133 Leighton Rd, Serviced Apartments

One Central, Show Suite

Various Private residential

Macau

Mandarin Oriental Serviced Apartments

One Central, Residential

Royal Hotel

Austria

Four Seasons Hotel, Vienna

Mandarin Oreintal Hotel, Vienna

Hilton Hotel, Vienna

Montenegro

Four Seasons Hotel, Tivat

Sri Lanka

Hitlon Hotel, Columbo
World Trade Centre, Columbo

Belgium

Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel

Jordan

Le Meridien Hotel, Amman

South Korea

Conrad Hotel, Seoul

Hilton Hotel, Seoul

India


Taj Connemara Hotel, Chennai

Egypt

Sheraton Hotel, Cairo

Meridien Hotel, Cairo

Thailand


Marriott Hotel, Phuket

Singapore

Shangri-la Hotel

Poland

Hotel Bristol, Warsaw

Sheraton Grand, Warsaw

Bulgaria


Sheraton Sofia Hotel, Sofia

Germany

Intercontinental Hotel - Berlin

• Major projects shown in bold
• All other projects, individual areas or smaller scale projects