Hand Picked Hotels appoints Ignace Bauwens as Chief Executive Officer


Hand Picked Hotels (‘HPH’), a collection of 21 luxury country house hotels in the UK and Channel Islands, has today announced the appointment of Ignace Bauwens as Chief Executive Officer. Julia Hands – HPH’s Chairman and CEO – will be stepping down from the CEO position but will remain as Chairman.


As CEO, Ignace will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business, including the implementation of a number of core initiatives at the individual hotel level. His objective will be to make HPH the top collection of destination hotels in the UK and Channel Islands.


Ignace has over 30 years’ experience in leadership roles across a number of international hospitality groups. Throughout his career he has been responsible for focusing on quality, product evolution and managing large portfolios through challenging headwinds. In addition to his operational pedigree, Ignace brings a passion for restaurants and bars, having started his career in Food & Beverage.


He joins HPH from Corinthia Hotels, where he was Chief Operating Officer. Ignace was previously COO of Roya International in Dubai, and before that was at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts as Regional Vice President of the Middle East, Eurasia and Africa.


Prior to this Ignace spent 25 years in a variety of positions across a number of hospitality groups, most notably at InterContinental Hotel Group and ACCOR Hotels in Europe and the Middle East.


Ignace Bauwens said, “I am thrilled to be joining Hand Picked Hotels. The business has tremendous potential to become the leading destination hotel group in the UK, and it will be part of my responsibility to harness its existing talent and drive the ongoing initiatives. I look forward to working with Julia and the HPH team to take HPH to the next level.”


Julia Hands, Chairman of Hand Picked Hotels, said, “I am delighted to welcome Ignace, who brings with him a wealth of leadership experience in the hospitality sector. I am confident that he will guide the business in its ambitious objectives to provide an elevated, upscale service offering, as we continue to transform HPH into an exceptional hotel group.”


Ignace will join Hand Picked Hotels in December 2023.