Sir David Michels, Chairman
Industry Experience: +40 years
Chairman: Michels & Taylor; London & Capital
President: The Tourism Alliance; The Institute of Hospitality
Board Member: Strategic Hotels & Resorts; Jumeirah Group; The Savoy; Miroma
Knighted in 2006 for services to the hotel and catering industry, Sir David set up Michels & Taylor after retiring as Chief Executive of Hilton Group plc in 2007. He’s highly experienced at the highest level of the hotel and gaming industries, including as Executive President Worldwide Marketing for Hilton, Managing Director of Hilton UK and various hotel positions around the world with Grand Metropolitan Plc.
Other notable past roles include Chief Executive of Stakis plc, Deputy Chairman of Marks & Spencer plc and easyJet plc, board member of British Land plc, RAB Capital, Arcadia plc and Paramount Restaurants, and President of the British Hospitality Association.
Favourite Holiday Destination: Scottsdale, Arizona
When I am not working you will find me: Playing Tennis