It's always a privilege to be asked to be a keynote speaker, judge or panellist when it comes to sharing my love of hotels, travel, sustainability and social media. I’ve explored the world, staying in stylish hotels from Sydney to Sao Paulo and Shanghai to Somerset and I know what guests want from a charming B&B, inner-city design hotel or a five-star spa, and the secret to attracting the right mix of people and getting them to make the right noises. London is home, but I have enjoyed spells living in Bali, New York, Athens, India; you could say I’ve slept around.
—Judge in National Geographic's Big Sleep Awards 2018.
—Hotel industry expert, BBC's The Apprentice: You’re Fired (2017).
—Presenter The Smiths Hotels for Two, a TV series for DISCOVERY LIVING, produced by Outline Productions (2006).
—Monthly guest on Radio BBC London on Robert Elms' show, celebrating the finer things in London (2016—)
—Host and speaker, Soho House events (2016, 2017): 'Building a Personal Brand on Social Media' at Electric House; 'Where to Go this Winter?' breakfast morning at 76 Dean Street; 'How to Design a Sustainable Break' at Shoreditch House.
—Speaker at PURE Life Experiences, Marrakech (2014, 2016, 2017)
Workshops on the ART OF STORYTELLING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Talk on MAKING SUSTAINABILITY SEXY: ECO-TALK THAT SELLS
Talk on BE MORE SOCIAL: CREATING CHARISMATIC CONTENT
Talk on TELL DON’T SELL: HOW TO GET YOUR BRAND NOTICED: how to get your brand noticed – including identifying your target audience; crafting a consistent brand voice; building a community and reaching the right influencers; and talking directly to them by sharing enlightening, inspiring stories that entertain and inform.
—Judge in Smith Hotel Awards (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016); Business Travel Journalism Awards (2016); 100 Best Hotels and Resorts for International Traveller magazine (2014); WAN Hotel Interiors Awards (2013); WIN Hotel Awards (2014 and 2017); Sleep Hotel Awards (2008)
—Speaker at the Oxford Inspires Conference, University of Oxford.
—Presenter, Boutique Hotel Awards 2017; ‘We believe that luxury hospitality can be a force for good and that we can have a positive effect on the future. It’s not just about where we stay — it’s about how those hotels make us feel and the people, the visionaries, and the individuals behind those hotels and their attention to detail and passion, that creates extraordinary experiences.’
—Chair, MSL's Travel Trends Roundtable, The Beaumont Hotel (2016)
—Speaker, Salon North, Harrogate Festival (2016), WHY DO WE EXPLORE?
—Panellist at Independent Hotel Show
A SHARED EXPERIENCE — THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY (2017)
THE POWER OF DESIGN (2012)
—Speaker at 100% Design. How to cultivate the right tone of voice and cut through the noise with relevant storytelling (2016)
—Speaker at SideStory x Andaz on the Future of Travel (2016)
—Speaker at Stylus Live (2014) at their Innovation Forum on the topic of the MODERN FAMILY, highlighting that hospitality brands today need to 'surprise and delight' the whole family.
—Panellist at the Hampstead Theatre for Harper's Bazaar's pre-show discussion about whether women can have it all (2014)
—Speaker, VisitEngland’s PR conference at The Barbican (2014)