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HOSPACE 2015 panellists announced for 70-minute in-depth ‘HOSPA Spotlight’

Examination of ‘The Challenges of Effective Inward and Outward Hospitality Management’ on 26 November


Date Issued:  6 November 2015

HOSPACE 2015 panellists announced for 70-minute in-depth ‘HOSPA Spotlight’ examination of ‘The Challenges of Effective Inward and Outward Hospitality Management’ on 26 November

HOSPACE 2015 – HOSPA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition for Hospitality Finance, Revenue Management, IT and Commerce Professionals on 26 November at Sofitel London Heathrow, Terminal 5 – is the largest and most prestigious annual gathering of like-minded hospitality practitioners in the UK

HOSPA has pleasure in announcing the HOSPACE 2015 ‘HOSPA Spotlight’ panel of top multi-disciplined hospitality industry specialists to examine in-depth ‘The challenges of effective and Inward and outward hospitality management’. The session will bring HOSPACE 2015 Conference and Exhibition to a climactic close on 26 November.

Under the astute chairmanship of industry strategic advice and corporate finance guru Paul Slattery, Co-Founder and Director of Otus & Co, the panellists – all experts in their fields – will be addressing how to juggle such diverse concerns as hospitality owners and other stakeholders, guests and staff, fraud, own bookings versus OTAs (Online Travel Agents), and funding.  

The panellists will be: Heiko Figge, Head of private equity company Moorfield Group’s hospitality portfolio, who was himself a leading operator in the hotel industry; Jeremy Rata, Operations Director, Luxury Hotel Partners - worldwide specialists in boutique hotels; Sarah Freeman, Director, Business Partner, Hotel Operations Europe, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG); and Adrian Hands, Senior Director, Metasearch/Instant Book, EMEA, for TripAdvisor.

Commenting on the ‘HOSPA Spotlight’ session, HOSPA Chief executive Carl Weldon said: “The issue of how best to juggle all the internal and external considerations involved in effective inward and outward management, is one of the particular challenges and quirks of the hospitality industry and its ownership structures. The topic will provide an absorbing ‘HOSPA Spotlight’ climax to our one-day HOSPACE Conference and Exhibition. We are delighted to welcome Paul Slattery, for whom this is his first time at HOSPACE. On the receiving end of his probing questioning, we are fortunate to have an expert panel – covering all angles of this vitally important in-depth discussion, exploration and illustration of the key issues involved.”

The first in-depth, 70-minute ‘HOSPA Spotlight’ session of the day will focus on ‘Hospitality and the Digital Challenge’. Both HOSPA Spotlights will be supported by the latest cutting-edge, interactive technology to ensure full delegate participation – including voting on issues raised.

Delegates, and those unable to attend HOSPACE 2015, can interact on the day with the Conference –to be held at the Sofitel London Heathrow, Terminal 5 – by tweeting on ‘@HOSPATweets’, ‘#HOSPACE’, or ‘#HOSPACE15’. HOSPA has over 15,000 followers on all social media platforms, and the Association would be delighted for industry members to join in the discussions via social media on 26 November.

In addition to the ’HOSPA Spotlight’ sessions, there will be the traditionally popular annual ‘Leaders Panel’ discussion, setting the scene for the one day Conference and Exhibition; and two in-depth face-to-face interviews with two of the hospitality industry’s most influential and dynamic leaders – British Hospitality Association Chief Executive Ufi Ibrahim and citizenM hotels co-partner, founder and Chief Operating Officer Michael Levie.

As in previous years, delegates will have the opportunity to attend three half-hour ‘HOSPACE Workshops and Technical Updates’ – with a choice of one from up to eight available sessions per half-hour. Also, HOSPACE 2015 will be hosting its ever popular and growing exhibition of hospitality technology solutions – providing delegates with a ‘one stop shop’ to view and interact with the latest and ‘best in class’ technologies – covering all eventualities for any hospitality business, whether they be start-up, established independent, or multi chain-owned, operations.

The event’s grand finale Gala Dinner – including the signature HOSPACE entertainment – is one of the traditional social networking highlights of the Conference.

For regularly updated information on HOSPACE 2015, visit the HOSPACE Website at: . For bookings and further details for HOSPACE 2015, contact the HOSPA Membership and Events Office on telephone: +44 (0) 203 418 8196; or email:

Photo captions:

Panellist Heiko Figge, Head of private equity company Moorfield Group’s hospitality portfolio

Panellist Sarah Freeman, Director Business Partner, Hotel Operations Europe, IHG

For further information:

Jane Pendlebury,

Head of HOSPA Membership and Events Office  

Longdene House


Surrey GU27 2PH

Tel: 0203 418 8196


Dr Julian Demetriadi FIH MTS

Managing Director, CommunicationsPoint

Tel:        01722 238 627     

iPhone: 07585 505309

Notes to Editors


HOSPA Spotlight 2 Chairman - Paul Slattery, Co-Founder and Director, OTUS & CO

Paul Slattery is a director of Otus & Co Ltd, which has two businesses: Otus Corporate Finance advises hospitality and travel companies and other investors on mergers and acquisitions. The Otus strategic advisory business is unique. It advises its clients on medium to long-term strategies for growth and performance. Paul worked for Kleinwort Benson for 15 year in both equity research in investment banking. He holds an undergraduate and a research degree in Hospitality Management, is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and former Chairman of The International Hotel Investment Council. The second edition of his book, The Economic Ascent of the Hotel Business, addresses the big investment and strategy issues of the hotel business.

Heiko Figge, Moorfield Group Head of Hospitality Portfolio, Moorfield Group

Educated and trained in Germany, Heiko has held roles as General Manager, Group Operations Director, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, ranging from city-centre and regional hotels to luxury golf, leisure and spa resorts. More recently, Heiko joined the Moorfield Group, a UK real estate and real estate related private equity fund manager, managing their hotels, hospitality and leisure portfolio operations. He is a Board director of the British Hospitality Association, and a Board director of Springboard UK, a hospitality industry charity organisation that focuses on providing job and training opportunities for young unemployed and disadvantaged people. Heiko recently joined the Executive Council of the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) and is one of the founding members of the ‘Big Conversation in Hospitality’ initiative. An initiative that is committed to encourage hospitality employers to provide significantly more structured work placements, promote the employment young people as well as more apprenticeships.

Sarah Freeman, Director Business Partner, Hotel Operations Europe, IHG

As Director Business Partner, Hotel Operations Europe, Sarah sits within the Global Procurement and Cost Efficiency team. Responsible for the relationships, and providing support to both Internal Stakeholders and Owners across all brands within the region to ensure we deliver commercially valuable propositions. Prior to IHG Sarah was a Procurement Manager at Orchid Pubs & Dining, following a previous role at the London Stock Exchange. She joined IHG in January 2013. 

Jeremy Rata, Operations Director, Luxury Hotel Partners

Jeremy Rata is Operations Director at Luxury Hotel Partners (LHP), sister company of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). He was formerly Managing Director of Bovey Castle in Devon, which he left after 6 years – following the hotel’s acquisition in summer 2014 by the Eden Hotel Collection.  LHP manages hotels on behalf of owners, while SLH drives business to properties as a sales and marketing organisation. The two elements of the business are owned by Hill, Goodridge & Associates, which was bought last year by Daniel Shamoon. Jeremy’s role is primarily to oversee the management of five hotels for LHP – two in the UK and three in the Baltic states. The two UK hotels are the 54-bedroom No 11 Cadogan Gardens, London, and the 73-bedroom Raithwaite Estate in Whitby, North Yorkshire. He continues to own a 50% share in his photography business which specialises in hotel and restaurant commissions.

Adrian Hands, Senior Director of CPC/META for EMEA, Trip Advisor

As Senior Director, Metasearch and Instant Book EMEA, Adrian is responsible for all eCommerce revenues for TripAdvisor from Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and Hotel Chains based in EMEA, TripAdvisor’s largest geographical region by revenue. Adrian spent the first part of his career in media sales person with Haymarket, the Guardian & VNU before switching to the media technology sector working for early stage digital businesses Saffron Digital, Breezetech and Tagman. He joined TripAdvisor in September 2011.


HOSPA (Hospitality Professionals Association for Finance, Revenue Management and IT) is a non-profit educational organisation, formed to bring together those hospitality industry professionals involved in Financial Management, Revenue Management and IT. Not only is HOSPA recognised as the UK’s authoritative voice in the hospitality industry on financial management, technical accounting issues, taxation, and hotel valuation, but also as the leading arena for debate on hotel technology developments and issues, and Revenue Management topics, through their prestigious annual HOSPACE Conference and meetings programmes ( . The membership has expanded to nearly 1,100 members. HOSPA – which has provided an industry specific, hospitality focused programme in Financial Management for over 23 years – has recently introduced a similar programme for Revenue Management. HOSPA is on all major Social media channels especially Twitter on @HOSPATweets

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