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.
May 2019 - Present | Director | Mustard House Design - London
May 2019 – To Date - Director | Mustard House Design Ltd
February 2020 – March 2021 - Goddard Littlefair (GL) – 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
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
Nantong Presidential Villa, Nantong
Marriott City Centre, Shanghai
Marriott Chanfeng Park, Shanghai
Shangri-la, Pudong, Shanghai
Lotus Hill International Hotel, Shenzhen
Dragon Hotel, Hangzhou
Harbour Plaza Hotel, North Point
Grand Standford Intercontinental
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
Mandarin Oriental Serviced Apartments
One Central, Residential
Four Seasons Hotel, Vienna
Mandarin Oreintal Hotel, Vienna
Hilton Hotel, Vienna
Four Seasons Hotel, Tivat
Hitlon Hotel, Columbo
World Trade Centre, Columbo
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
Le Meridien Hotel, Amman
Conrad Hotel, Seoul
Hilton Hotel, Seoul
Taj Connemara Hotel, Chennai
Sheraton Hotel, Cairo
Meridien Hotel, Cairo
Marriott Hotel, Phuket
Hotel Bristol, Warsaw
Sheraton Grand, Warsaw
Sheraton Sofia Hotel, Sofia
Intercontinental Hotel - Berlin
• Major projects shown in bold
• All other projects, individual areas or smaller scale projects