What did you want to be when you were 10?
I had no idea. It worried me that I didn’t have a plan, but in hindsight, I didn’t realise that I had plenty of time to change my mind. When I was young I loved being outside and spending time with people – so I knew it would be something related to one of those things.
What’s your go-to tipple?
Right now it’s tea and coffee as I’m on an extended Dry January and enjoying the benefits! Under normal circumstances, it’s usually a Bloody Mary.
What are you currently listening to?
I’m a big fan of podcasts, especially when I’m commuting or walking through London. At the moment I’m listening to That Peter Crouch Podcast and BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.
What has been your biggest highlight since joining The Athenaeum?
Setting up a base in New York City was memorable. About 20 years ago we converted a studio apartment in Manhattan into the US sales office for The Athenaeum. This was essentially me, several telephone lines and a fax machine set up alongside a bed. It was exciting and fast-paced – no other independent hotel was doing this at the time – although many followed!
How do you start your day?
Coffee, a run, porridge then a bike ride. All before my working day begins! When I arrive at The Athenaeum, I change into my suit and head for my nearest Nespresso machine.