Our success lies amongst the strengths and skills of the dedicated and professional people we employ. From our senior team right across all of our hotels, everyone is committed to the Splendid Hospitality Way delivering genuine service to create those extraordinary experiences. The team covers a wealth of experience across a variety of talents ensuring that the group is well positioned to achieve its vision to be a Centre of Global Excellence for hospitality.
Shiraz is a dynamic entrepreneur, praised highly for his role in the world of hotels and awarded “Hotelier of the Year” at the Asian Business Awards 2016. In the 1990’s he was one of the first hoteliers to start developing limited service branded hotels in London and has been involved in over 25 such projects. As current chairman of Splendid Hospitality Group, Shiraz directs the growth strategy of the business and has a clear vision of the Group’s foray into several different enterprises. Splendid now has 20 trading hotels including the 292 bedroom Hilton London Bankside, The Grand Hotel and Spa, York and the 336 bedroom Holiday Inn, Wembley.
Shiraz has a strong commitment to his community and plays a vital role in many charitable organisations and voluntary services. He has held a number of senior positions within the Ismaili Community including being a member of the National Council, the Chairman of the National Conciliation and Arbitration board and Resource Development Convener for the Aga Khan University.
An ‘Old Boy’ of Merchant Taylors’ and a graduate of the London School of Economics. Nadeem qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the stables of PricewaterhouseCoopers gaining exposure to both listed companies and owner-managed businesses in a broad spectrum of industries. Working in Assurance and Business Advisory services at PwC enabled Nadeem to gain specialist skills in auditing, financial reporting and internal controls.
As Vice Chairman of Splendid Hospitality Group, Nadeem is heavily involved with the strategic direction of the company including acquisitions, negotiating franchise agreements and securing bank debt.
In 2015, Nadeem founded Splendid Restaurants with the aim of establishing a strong food and beverage platform in the UK. Splendid has already taken over 18 KFC units in the UK, amongst establishing other brands with more deals in the pipeline.
Nadeem spends much of his time working in a voluntary capacity for the Ismaili Community in the UK. Nadeem served for 7 years on the community’s Grants and Review Board, where he was heavily involved in budget and strategy reviews and management audits. Nadeem is currently serving as Chairman of the Community’s Economic Planning Board, whose mandate is to improve the economic well-being of the Community by providing assistance, advice and support in the areas of business, employment and personal finance. Nadeem was also the Project Manager overseeing the redevelopment of Community Centres in Stanmore and Birmingham. He also serves as a Governor of St Helen’s School in Northwood Middlesex, one of the pre-eminent girls schools in the country.
Stuart Bailey joined Splendid Hospitality in 2007 and brings a wealth of operational and executive experience to the group. Applying his transformational approach and talent for driving both acquisition and organic growth strategies, Splendid Hospitality – with a collection of hotels and fast food restaurants (KFC) in the UK – is becoming one of the fastest growing privately-owned hospitality groups in the country.
With a natural ability to develop, open and operate hotels and restaurants, Stuart has successfully led numerous development projects, including Conrad London St James, Hilton London Bankside and most recently, York’s only five-star hotel The Grand Hotel & Spa, as well as refurbishment projects such as Holiday Inn Northampton West. He has led Splendid Hospitality to become a preferred partner for major hospitality brands including IHG, Hilton, Accor, and has successfully driven the integration of 40 KFC stores into the group, with ambitious plans for immediate growth and development.
A high-energy, profit focused and goal-driven Chief Executive, with a strong work and team ethic, Stuart has an exceptional aptitude for juggling the many facets of the business. He approaches business challenges with an intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem solving and measured risk-taking to drive consistent improvement.
Under Stuart’s leadership, Splendid Hospitality has become an award winning business, including: The World Travel Awards 2018, Europe’s Leading Business Hotel and Europe’s Leading MICE Hotel- Hilton London Bankside; The Onrec Online Recruitment Awards 2018, Best Online Candidate Experience, Corporate Category; IHG International Hotel Star Awards 2018, Transformation Award - Holiday Inn Northampton West, Shine Awards 2017, Woman of the Year Category – Louise Wright, Sales & Marketing Director, Full Service; Muddy Stiletto Awards 2017 & 2016, Best Boutique Stay in Bucks & Oxon – Vanbrugh House Hotel, Scottish Hotel Awards, Brand Hotel of the Year – Hotel Indigo Edinburgh; Newcomer Franchisee of the Year KFC.
A graduate of Warwick Business School and a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience, Deshan is a strategic CFO who enjoys finding pragmatic solutions to complex business issues.
Before joining Splendid in 2017, Deshan was Director at PwC where he worked with a spectrum of clients, from multinational listed companies to entrepreneurial private businesses. He has also served with PwC in South Asia, with responsibility for a portfolio of hospitality and leisure clients.
Armed with extensive M&A credentials, particularly in financial due diligence and capital market transactions, Deshan’s business expertise includes advising corporates on financial reporting, controls optimization and compliance.
Deshan is an integral member of the board at Splendid helping the team to navigate opportunities and challenges as the group continues to grow its portfolio.
Kevin was a Main Board Director of Christie Group plc as well as being the Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of Christie & Co specialising in Agency and Valuation remits in the UK and the International hotel markets. Kevin was also the CEO of the Christie Group's operation in the United States with over 200 franchised offices across the States.
With a pedigree in financing and property values Kevin is renowned for his knowledge of the Hotel and Hospitality industry
The success of the Splendid Hospitality Group is built upon the commitment and expertise of its people. Meet our senior support team who bring with them a diverse wealth of experience coupled with high energy and passion for hospitality.
As Director of Operations Andrew leads his executive team with the aim to drive consistent top & bottom line results, whilst delivering class leading guest metrics.
Hospitality is second nature to the Welshman who was raised within his family business before stepping into the corporate hospitality world, Andrew has held several positions as General Manager with brands including Aloft, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Ramada, & Best Western before joining SHG in 2016.
Andrew has a real passion for driving commerciality, delivering results and developing people along the Splendid journey. This Operator gets a buzz from leading teams to think differently and achieve results with an element of responsible risk taking.
As Group Facilities & Risk Manager, Colin oversees Crisis Management, Security, Risk and all aspects of Facilities Management.
Colin served his engineering apprenticeship with British Steel in the North West before joining the Splendid Family in July 2000. He has led various new build/hotel openings as a General Manager; winning IHG Newcomer of the Year and numerous Quality Excellence Awards. More recently he has provided support as Group Controls & Compliance Manager.
A proficient and confident leader, Colin enables people to focus on driving success for themselves and for SHG. His flair for communication and commitment is infectious and key to his success.
Leading the People team, Gemma is responsible for developing & overseeing the People strategy and performance of the group including Talent, Learning & Development, People Risk & Compliance, Employee Relations, Culture and Engagement. Gemma’s infectious energy and care for recruiting and driving people to success for themselves at work is fundamental to the Group’s vision of becoming the best in the market.
Her commitment and passion for ‘people’ has been incremental in helping drive significant change across the Group including delivering a new Splendid ‘culture’ across the Group’s employees.
Colin possesses over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, starting in architecture and moving into the contracting side.
He has assumed the roles of Project Manager, Design Manager, Pre-Construction Manager and for the last 8 years has held the position of Technical Director within an international tier one main contractor.
His expertise in estimating, planning, design management and M&E services within bid management and project delivery is instrumental to Splendid’s continued development and growth.
Colin’s role will focus on delivering valued engineered solutions that meet the demands of the local community, franchise brand standards and ambitions of the controlled growth of the Group.
Keith is a driven hotelier who inspires others around him to succeed. He has over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality sector, having worked for Marriott, IHG, De Vere at General Manager and Operations Director level.
Keith believes success is achieved by great people who share a passion for their profession. At Splendid Keith leads the Full Service Team working across several hotel brands. He and his exceptional team are results-driven and motivated by making memorable differences to guests’ stays each and every day.