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The Hand Picked Board of Directors

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 indulgence that is prevalent in all properties.


Douglas Waddell – Operations Director

An experienced hotel, leisure and multi site operator with more than 30 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.



Chris Webster – Group Transformation Director

Chris joined Hand Picked in early 2021, having spent 20 years building, scaling and transforming omni-channel consumer businesses across a range of sectors.  He is focused on developing Hand Picked’s growth strategy, investment plans and leading the change programs to realise the strategic vision.


Huw O'Connor – Interim Chief Financial Officer

Taking over from a long-serving member of the team, Huw joined the Hand Picked team in April 2021 as Interim Chief Financial Officer. Huw has extensive finance experience in the hospitality industry with emphasis on performance, growth and planning.