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.
—Monthly guest on Radio BBC London on Robert Elms' show, celebrating the finer things in London (2016—present)
—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).
—Speaker Destination Australia, ‘New ideas for old friends’ — See video below on how Australian hotels should court high-net worth tourists and the media in the US and the UK (2019).
—Judge in National Geographic's Big Sleep Awards 2018, 2019.
—Moderator at LE Miami on a panel discussion on Using Sustainability And Creativity To Build A Better Business (2019).
—Business Travel iQ live webinar on Sustainability and the Environment: What More Can Business Travel Do? (2019)
—Host of the Long Run’s monthly 4C call, presenting on “Communicating Sustainability in a Digital World: The Art of Storytelling — Tell Don't Sell” (2019)
—Speaker at the Goldfinger Factory launch of their Goldfinger Academy on Can Sustainable Design Transform Communities? (2019).
—Speaker at Stylus' innovation summit, #DecodedFuture (2019) discussing what a more creative, collaborative and sustainable future holds for cross-industry brands.
—Moderator for Power Breakfast, Independent Hotel Show 2018.
—Host of a panel discussion on How to Make Hospitality a Force For Good, Further East 2018, Bali.
—Judge in ttgluxury Travel Awards 2018.
—Luxury Communications Council Leaders Forum 2018 — panellist on ‘Commanding loyalty & building community: what the hospitality industry can teach the world of luxury’
—Roundtable panelist on ‘The Hotel Room of the Future’ for the Independent Hotel Show 2018.
—Speaker at PURE Life Experiences, Marrakech (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Workshops on the ART OF STORYTELLING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Talk on WHO TO TRUST IN TRAVEL?
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.
—Host and speaker, Soho House events (2016, 2017, 2018): '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.
—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)
—Design Talk at Top Drawer, Olympia: Destination Dining. (2019)
—Judge in Family Travel Awards 2019, Angels & Urchins (2018)
—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 at the Oxford Inspires Conference, University of Oxford.
—Speaker, Salon North, Harrogate Festival (2016), WHY DO WE EXPLORE?
—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)
—Panellist at Independent Hotel Show —
A SHARED EXPERIENCE: The Importance of Community (2017)
THE POWER OF DESIGN (2012)