Born in Kenya, Martin enjoys relationships across the African continent and has a passion for developing a truly world-class African hotel brand. He was part of the team responsible for the design and opening of The Grace in Rosebank, South Africa, which was voted the best small luxury hotel in the world during his tenure. He has been a director of Hyatt Hotels, amongst others.
Martin has served as Vice President – Development, of Lonrho Hotels, and Managing Director Moloko Hotels and Resorts, establishing the prestigious Athol Place and the Strathavon Hotel in Sandton.
Martin was instrumental in converting a derelict building in the Johannesburg CBD into the now famous Mapungubwe Hotel. He was part of the team that built Intercontinental Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, a prestigious five-star hotel. Martin brings with him a wealth experience in the fields of hospitality, operations, sales and marketing and is also a passionate chef.