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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.




Ken Arkley – Commercial Director

With over 35 years in the hotel sector, Ken brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in acquiring, 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 property matters, 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.