About us

Our Corporate Experts

The L+R Hotels corporate team comprises decisive, disciplined and hard-working individuals, with a comprehensive range of skills and a dynamic, creative approach to building our business. We are all driven and passionate about what we do.

There is a wide range of expertise within our team, with many of our experts experienced across several functions. Collectively, our in-depth knowledge covers acquisition and development as well as asset management. Our team is guided by well-defined rigorously applied Value Cycle of Asset Management policies, which include operational management, finance, food and beverage, revenue and yield management, e-distribution, sales and marketing, human resources, construction and design.

Our corporate experts have worked for numerous significant hotel brands, including Accor, Hilton, Starwood, Jumeirah, Virgin, Fairmont/Raffles and Minor as well as various investment firms.

Having held senior roles across the world, we are multi-cultural individuals with a diverse outlook. Many of us are fluent in several languages and our multi-lingual team can speak French, German, Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and English.

L+R Hotels Team
Managing Director

Desmond Taljaard

Managing Director

Desmond Taljaard

Head of Finance

Christophe Bellonie

Finance Director
& Head of Strategic Asset Management

Adrian Bradley

Food & Drinks Director

Marion Carpentier

Director of Operations / Asset Management

Petra Deuter

Construction Director

Henrik Foster

Acquisitions & Business Development Director

Nikos Konstantinidis

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Development

Robin Leahy

Vice President of Asset Management

Vincent Levy

CEO, Atlas Hotels Group

Sean Lowe

Director of Acquisitions & Asset Management

Robert Mangan

Creative Director

Mario Nicolaou

Executive Director,  Iconic Luxury Hotels

Andrew Stembridge

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Managing Director

Desmond Taljaard

Desmond leads the L+R Hotels team and all activities related to Hotel Development & Acquisitions, Asset Management, Operations, Construction and Design. 

Since joining L+R Hotels, Desmond Taljaard has led the acquisition of a number of hotels, including the Fairmont Barbados, Meridien Barcelona and the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. He also led the acquisition of the Atlas Hotels Portfolio of 50 IHG and Hilton branded limited service hotels, together with a portfolio of resort hotels in Spain and the Balearics 

Desmond served from 2006-2012 as COO Europe for Starwood Capital, with responsibility for Asset Management and leading all hospitality acquisitions. These included the Golden Tulip Group, comprising 200 managed and franchised hotels worldwide, and the £300m+ acquisition of the Principal Hayley Group. Desmond also co-chaired the Starman JV which re-positioned 32 service Le Meridien hotels across Europe. 

Previously, Desmond was M&A and Development Director for Whitbread Group plc, driving the exit from the UK Marriott business for c£1,000m, and the creation of a JV with Emirates Airlines to roll out Premier Inn in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Desmond also served as Global Head of Real Estate for Hilton International between 1995 – 2003. 

Desmond is a Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc (Econ) Honours degree from LSE.

Head of Finance

Christophe Bellonie

Christophe joined L+R Hotels in September 2018, as Head of Hotels Finance, overseeing Hotel finance treasury, compliance and policies. He also assists in new projects, due diligence and contracts negotiation.

Christophe has 30 years’ international experience in sectors including shipping, mining, construction and hospitality, across several countries and continents. For the last 15 years, he has worked as Finance Director; initially for more than 10 years with Hilton Worldwide in Africa and Europe covering both Hotel and regional Finance roles, and then over three years with Virgin Limited Edition as Regional Finance Director, both in London and in the Caribbean islands.

Born in France, Christophe is a multi-skilled, multi-cultural experienced hospitality director. He works effectively as part of a team, negotiating and resolving complex problems through robust analytical and financial knowledge, strategic and contractual acumen and skilled communication.

He covers all aspects of finance, from business partnering to statutory accounting, back office systems implementation, policy definition and implementation, and development projects.

Finance Director & Head of Strategic Asset Management

Adrian Bradley

Bradley leads the Finance teams and Asset management activities for L+R Hotels. Prior to re-joining L+R Hotels , Bradley ran his own consultancy business, where he advised a large private equity fund on their purchase of nearly 1,800 rooms in the UK, and a Singapore Real Estate Investment Trust on the purchase and Asset Management of a five star hotel in Manchester.

Bradley had previously been Managing Director Hotels at the predecessor to L+R Hotels from 2010 to 2012. From 2012 to 2015, he worked in Dubai initially as Chief Financial Officer of the Jumeirah Group and latterly as Chief Executive Officer Real Estate and Asset Management. At Jumeriah he oversaw a major $1.4 billion fundraising, a multi-million dollar investment in a new 400 bedroom hotel, and the asset management of hotels generating over $1 billion in revenues.

Bradley also served on the Investment Committee of Dubai Holding and on the Board of Directors, Investment Committee, Audit Committee and Remuneration Committees of Tecom. Bradley previously spent 11 years with Hilton and also worked in the telecoms and finance sectors.

Bradley has over 20 years’ experience with leading global companies, specialising in hospitality Finance, Development and Asset Management. He is a Chartered Accountant and an Insead Certified International Director (IDP-C), with a BA Honours degree from Southampton University.

Food & Drinks Director

Marion Carpentier

Marion leads the food and drinks strategy for L+R Hotels.

Marion has been involved in the hospitality sector for the past 20 years, driving luxury concepts as well as premium casual restaurants, bars and retail. Marion started her career with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, moving on to several Relais and Chateaux properties in France and the UK.

She then brought the world-renowned Laduree Patisserie to the UK from France, and helped grow the Ping Pong Dim Sum chain in the UK and internationally. She became Restaurants & Retail Director for Harvey Nichols before joining L+R Hotels as our Food & Drink director in 2016.

Marion is fluent in both French and English, and holds a Master in Hospitality Management from EM Strasbourg Business School.

Director of Operations / Asset Management

Petra Deuter

Petra Deuter asset manages and oversees performance for various 4 and 5 star hotels in Europe, both directly managed or operated by third party international groups. She leads properties operationally, implements changes and engages in joint venture and brand partner relationship management.
 
Petra is also Project Leader of L+R Hotels Career Development, creating and implementing training and internship programmes. As internal and external Ambassador, she promotes training and progression opportunities.
 
Petra has 20 years’ experience in global leadership roles, in airline, hotel and asset management sectors across Europe and the Americas. She has worked as a Managing Director for Lufthansa Airlines and as Vice President Global Sales, Distribution & Marketing for Accor Hotels, with other Executive roles for hotel brands, private equity firms and consultancies. 
 
Using her management and team leadership skills, Petra successfully supports organisations through start-up, building, restructuring and transition management. She also offers expertise in brand and product positioning, sales, marketing, distribution and operations.
 
Petra is German/American and speaks fluent English, German and Spanish. She holds a BA in International Business from DePaul University in Chicago and is a volunteer mentor at the Cherie Blair Foundation for women.

Construction Director

Henrik Foster

Henrik has been Head of Delivery and Construction for L+R Hotels since March 2015. He is responsible for delivering our domestic and international projects from inception to completion. This includes master planning, strategic activities, pre-development activities, project procurement and construction, delivery and handover.

With over 30 years’ international experience in property development and asset management for the retail, residential, hotel and leisure sectors, Henrik has a proven track record. As Senior Construction Director at Angel Property till 2005, Henrik constructed the award-winning Jam Factory in South London and was also instrumental in a major residential and commercial regeneration project in Lewes.

From 2005-2009 Henrik was Vice President Construction for US-based Masterworks Development, simultaneously delivering projects in London, Boston, Washington and New York.

From 2009-2015, he was Senior VP Projects and Developments Hotels for Majid Al Futtaim, responsible for their MENA region hotel project portfolio. This comprised several significant and complex projects, including a mixed-use scheme on the Beirut waterfront, the Westin Bahrain, Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, and Aloft in Dubai.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building, with ONC and HNC in Building Studies, and speaks English and Swedish. 

Acquisitions & Business Development Director

Nikos Konstantinidis

Nikos joined L+R Hotels in 2014. He has focused on acquiring Hospitality and Commercial Real Estate assets, investments in Mixed Use schemes and implementing the company’s asset management and business development initiatives, with an emphasis on Mediterranean and CEE markets.

Before joining L+R Hotels, Nikos worked with the Transactions and Asset Management team of AXA REIM in London.

Nikos holds an MBA from Imperial College London and an MSc in Real Estate Investment from Cass Business School. He speaks Greek and English.

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Development

Robin Leahy

Robin Leahy has a background in real estate acquisition, town planning and real estate development.

Since joining L+R Hotels in late 2016, Robin has led the growth of our Atlas Hotels Group, through the acquisition of various hotel concerns, negotiating the development funding of new hotels and the asset management of our existing select-service hotel estate, throughout the UK. Robin also leads an opportunistic venture within L+R Hotels, developing the concept for a new design-led, innovative hotel brand for roll-out in urban locations.

Before joining L+R Hotels, Robin spent four years working for an international retailer, initially responsible for mixed-use development within London and latterly for the retailer’s UK Headquarters relocation.

Robin speaks fluent English and German and was selected for Questex Hotel Management’s ‘Thirty Under 30 Award’ in 2018. Through part-time studies during his previous employment, Robin completed an MSc in Real Estate from the College of Estate Management, Reading.

Vice President of Asset Management

Vincent Levy

Vincent joined L+R Hotels in 2018 as Vice President of Asset Management. He brings to his role a unique blend of experience in Finance, Operations and Hotel Development, across multiple markets and different types of ownership structures.

Vincent started his career in finance at the Inter Continental Paris in 1991 before becoming Director of Finance at the Hotel des Bergues in Geneva. Promoted to Deputy General Manager of Le Méridien Montparnasse in Paris in 1998, he then returned to finance in 2001 as Vice President Finance for Le Méridien Europe, covering 47 hotels.

In 2006, joining Starwood Hotels through the Le Méridien takeover, he led the Development team in Eastern Europe. In 2009, he took on the responsibility of leading the Finance team for the Africa and Indian Ocean region, comprising 40 hotels.

In 2015, Vincent joined Highgate Hotels as SVP Operations to set up and manage the Hotel European platform, acquiring eleven hotels in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Benson Elliot.

With 25 years’ experience working across Europe and Africa, Vincent’s empathy with different cultures helps him form meaningful relationships with customers, external stakeholders and internal teams, enabling the successful delivery of business objectives.

Vincent speaks French and English, and holds an MBA in Hotel Management from Cornell ESSEC as well a bachelor’s degree from Glion Hotel School.

CEO, Atlas Hotels Group

Sean Lowe

Sean has been with L+R Hotels since October 2017, as CEO for the Atlas Group, our portfolio of UK select service hotels. Since joining us he has redesigned the core functions of Finance, Marketing, Operations, Commercial and HR. He has been involved in extension projects at five hotels, and a conversion and new development at two others.

Sean’s main focus is the commercial area of our business, using Analytics and Insight to improve all aspects of our operation, particularly in Revenue Management. 

Earlier in his career Sean developed core trading systems at TUI and led the coding of the algorithms at the heart of RCI. He was previously Managing Director of RCI EMEAI and James Villas holidays. 

Sean spent over a decade in the Holiday Rentals and Exchange segment of Wyndham, working in New Jersey, USA for five years and for a similar amount of time in London. He also spent ten years with TUI, the tour operator, where he was Head of Planning, Trading, Yield Management and Aviation Planning, working in Spain and England. 

Sean has conversational Finnish and Portuguese, alongside fluent Spanish. He has a First Class degree in Economics from Leeds and Santander Universities.

Director of Acquisitions & Asset Management

Robert Mangan

Rob Mangan leads all hotel acquisitions worldwide for L+R Hotels and is involved in the strategic asset management of our hotels.

He has worked in various hotel investment firms and been involved in over £3 billion worth of hotel transactions. He has extensive asset management experience of single-asset and large hotel portfolios in the UK, Europe, US and South America. This includes globally recognised hotels such as Four Seasons in Dublin, Budapest and Prague, Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley in London, and a 47-hotel UK portfolio with an annual turnover of £350 million. He also ran a hotel management company in Prague for a number of years.

Rob holds an MBA from Imperial College London and a Bachelors of Commerce from University College Dublin (UCD).

Creative Director

Mario Nicolaou

Having joined L+R Hotels in January 2013, Architect and Interior Designer Mario leads our Design department. He has already realised considerable value for the global L+R Hotel asset portfolio. with numerous turnkey new build and refurbishment projects. These include Cliveden House and Spa, Nobu Fairmont Monte Carlo, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Fairmont Barbados, The Columbus Monte Carlo and The Trafalgar Hotel St James.

Having worked extensively in Europe, the Caribbean and the Far East, Mario is recognised for his achievements both nationally and globally. His work has ranged from individual houses for private and commercial clients to luxury hotel resorts, spas and mixed-use developments. Projects include 3-10 Grosvenor Crescent, London; Apartments at One Hyde Park and The Knightsbridge, London; The Sandy Lane Spa, Barbados; Taj Hotel, New Delhi India; Kurhaus Hotel, the Netherlands; Loutraki Hotel Casino, Greece and Sky Central Plaza, Hong Kong.

Mario’s design focuses on the guest experience, whilst working closely with our operations teams to realise memorable destinations. From his initial layouts and concept designs, Mario’s passion and hands-on approach ensures all design expectations are communicated and achieved aesthetically and commercially. His design style is bespoke, approaching the brief from inside out – creating seamless coordination between interior design, architecture and location.

Mario leads a fast-growing studio team of international interior architects and designers, brought together for their vast experience, cultures and reputations, giving them a seasoned approach to achieving quality whilst realising value. Mario is also responsible for seeking out and appointing external design teams, to work as an extension to our in-house creative design team.

Mario holds a BSc Honours Architecture Degree from the University of North London, a Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture with Commendation from the University of Brighton, and RIBA Part 3 Professional Practice and Contract Administration from the University of Brighton. He speaks fluent Greek and English.

Executive Director, Iconic Luxury Hotels

Andrew Stembridge

Andrew Stembridge runs Iconic Luxury Hotels, a collection of notable, individual and award winning hotels.

Andrew originally joined the L+R Hotels’ team in 2006 as MD of Chewton Glen. With over 30 years’ international experience, Andrew has held leadership roles in a diverse range of establishments, from the creation of new boutique city hotels to USA resorts, lifestyle brands and country house properties.

In 2010 Andrew was voted ‘Hotelier of the Year’ and simultaneously appointed Chairman of the Master Innholders, where he created the MI Aspiring Leaders’ Diploma. From 2010 –2018 he was an International Board Member of Relais & Châteaux. Andrew is a Fellow of The Institute of Hospitality, Master Innholder and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Innholders. He is an active mentor and a regular contributor at various industry events.

Andrew Stembridge graduated with joint honours in Hotel Management and Tourism from Strathclyde University, and has also attended the GMP at Cornell and BLP at Cranfield.