Our team of specialist consultants.  


Greg is Hotel Creations'  Hotel Pre-opening and Turn-key Management consultant. Following 25 years' experience at a senior level in both operational leadership and development within the hotel and leisure sector, he has assisted developers and investors in developing and launching some of the most successful hotels in the UK. Greg Place is an expert at planning and delivering the numerous and intricate steps leading up to a successful hotel opening.  


Joining The Ivy as Head Chef in 1992 Des worked his way up to the CEO role where he oversaw the whole group, including such names as The Ivy, Scott’s, J Sheekey and the Oyster Bar, as well as Le Caprice and its latest venture 34, other companies within the group also included the Birley Group, with Annabel’s and Harry’s Bar, also the Soho House Group. From 2008, Des secured deals in the Middle East and America to develop the group’s brands outside of the UK.


Matt has a wide range of architectural experience and is the Hotel Creation's Architect specialising in all aspects of planning, architecture and design.

Matt is a strong concept architect, with an excellent track record in gaining planning permissions. Extensive experience in working with listed buildings, in conservation areas, green belt and on sensitive sites. Experienced in engagement through public consultations, exhibitions and workshops


Jon Barker is Hotel Creations consultant on Corporate Identity and Interior Architecture. Following 20 years of professional experience at a senior level he left his position as Creative Director at BDG McColl, and in 2012 joined forces with Greg Place to create new hotel brands worldwide. Jon helps define the identity and character of brands, and develops the  positioning, brand standards and design brief to inform the development process.


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