Stephen Carter’s Bio
Stephen Carter OBE is our Chairman
Stephen is a renowned, legendary hotelier and man-manager with a long, distinguished and award-winning career in the hospitality industry. Such was his reputation and level of achievement, Stephen was awarded the OBE for service to the hospitality industry in 2007.
His leadership, business skills and genuine understanding of the people-elements in successful business were honed during his early years with Holiday Inn Incorporated and Stakis, before assuming executive roles with The Cliveden Group, St Andrews Bay and De Vere Hotels and Resorts.
Stephen’s personal affinity with people has seen him lauded throughout the industry and he has excelled in his mentorship role throughout his career, mentoring several industry leaders including Robert Cook (De Vere) and Douglas Waddell (Handpicked Hotels).
He has mastered the rare skill of successfully combining his old-fashioned approach to hospitality with a modern and strategic outlook to business and a nurturing nature with his people. Stephen has served on the former area tourist boards in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife; the Board of Scottish Enterprise; the Hospitality Industry Trust and, Visit Scotland’s board of directors.