Talented industry professionals working towards delivering superior class hospitality

Hand Picked Hotels benefits from a wholly owned and managed estate. The management team is made up of talented industry professionals with a broad experience and knowledge base centred on delivering the service, quality and business goals of the company.

As a privately owned business Hand Picked Hotels also benefits from the leadership and close involvement in the business of the owner who brings her unique style to the hotels and ensures the Hand Picked Hotels' atmosphere is consistently achieved through superior product and delivered through seamless service.

Members of the board may be contacted via Louise Fiksen on 01732 471 000.


Julia Hands – Chairman & Chief Executive Officer 

As owner of Hand Picked Hotels Julia is the driving force behind the unique style of Hand Picked Hotels and the atmosphere of relaxed luxury that is prevalent in all properties.

Douglas Waddell – Operations Director

An experienced hotel, leisure and multi site operator with more than 20 years of sector experience. Douglas is committed to ensuring that all of Hand Picked Hotels’ product and service values are maintained and the commercial goals of the company are achieved.

Ken Arkley – Commercial Director

A charismatic industry leader, Ken brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in developing and operating fine hotels and is responsible for the development of the collection through the creation and execution of Hand Picked Hotels’ unique style and facilities. As well as development Ken is also responsible for purchasing, information technology and legal.

Stewart Fairs – Finance Director 

A talented financier with a strong hospitality background, Stewart ensures the company’s finances are properly managed and a stable sound financial platform created to drive the future growth of the collection.



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