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.
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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.
Chief Operating Officer
Neil joined L&R Hotels in 2020 and currently oversees European and UK acquisitions as well as firm-wide Asset Management for owned and operated hotels.
Previously, Neil was a Director at Westmont Hospitality Group, and oversaw all transactional activity as well being involved in asset management and driving operational initiatives across the group’s owned and operating assets. This included the acquisition of 24 mid-market IHG hotels across seven countries, 8 Hilton hotels across five countries as well as numerous single asset transactions throughout Europe. He brings over fifteen years of hotel investing and asset management experience to the team, having invested and managed assets through the last investment cycle. As well as direct asset acquisition, Neil has experience in NPLs, acquisitions through corporate administration processes and has been involved in the restructuring of several hotel businesses, most specifically the conversion of legacy hotel management agreements to franchise agreements. He has also has significant experience in bilateral joint ventures and regulated funds.
Most recently he worked as a Principal at Henderson Park, where he had responsibility for asset management of the company’s growing hotel portfolio.
Neil began his career at KPMG where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, he holds a BEng Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham.
Head of Finance
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
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 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.
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 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.
CEO, Atlas Hotels Group
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.
Executive Director, Iconic Luxury Hotels
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.
Chief Investment Officer, North America
Neil leads the L+R Hotels team in North America, including all activities related to Hotel Investment and Asset Management. He is based in New York City. Neil oversees the region encompassing the United States, Canada, Central America, and the Caribbean, and brings experience in all hotel sectors through all market cycles.
Prior to joining L+R Hotels, Neil led the hotel platform of the Lone Star Fund’s internal advisor, Hudson Advisors, in the Americas from 2009-2016, with portfolio oversight of hotel underwriting, investments, asset management, renovations, and dispositions. He then led the hotel boutique investment company Tactus Capital.
Previously, Neil was the Managing Director in charge of Hotels at The Greenwich Group International, based in New York City, where he was in charge of capital markets activity and hotel development. He began his hotel career at Jones Lang Wootton, where he established their U.S. hotel business and launched the unification of the firm’s worldwide hotel partnerships under a centralized management structure. He led hotel transactions, capital markets, development, and consulting activities for the partnership in the U.S.
Neil is CPA-qualified, holds a BS degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and is a best-selling travel writer.
Asset Management Director – Mediterranean
Elisa joins L&R from Le Méridien Barcelona in Spain where she has been the General Manager.
Elisa brings more than 24 years of experience in the hotel industry, Starwood and Marriott, where she held several key roles in Finance and Operations, including General Manager at the Le Meridien Lav in Croatia, General Manager of Le Meridien Penina in Portugal and General Manager at the Westin La Quinta Golf Resort and Spa in Marbella, among others. This followed a highly successful career with Starwood in finance, resulting in her appointment in 2001 as Regional Director of Finance, Spain and Portugal – a role she held for nearly 5 years, responsible 19 hotels.
Elisa therefore joins L&R with over 24 years of Starwood and Marriott experience and a Degree in Economics and a PDG from IESE Business School, Navarra University (2009)