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Steve

Stephen Carter OBE

Chairman

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.

Alan

Alan Hogg

Managing Director

Alan Hogg’s Bio

Alan is a true and experienced professional recruiter who has a long history of success, working with companies such as: Kerry Roberts, Orange People Solutions, Berkeley Scott, and Leisure People.

His energy, leadership and personal affinity with clients has seen him perform professionally for a significant number of years.

His “close and consistent relationship management” style has proved to ensure not only client-recruiter longevity but has also proved invaluable when working through the long term strategy of a company.

Alan brings a wealth of experience in hospitality from senior management positions within Grand Metropolitan, Choice, Corus & Regal, Marriott, and Crown Plaza hotel groups.

Getting to know Alan

What is your favourite telephone message you receive?
“Hello Alan, I wonder if you can help me”

What is the weirdest food you have eaten?
“Wok-Fried Insects”

What is the best concert/event that you have attended?
Oh, so many! David Bowie (Serious Moonlight Tour) Rolling Stones; Madness (Ska Revival); Wishbone Ash; Live Aid

Name your six Fantasy Dinner Guests?
“Sean Connery; Stephen Fry; Sandra Bullock; Charlize Theron; Sir Chris Hoy; General Colin Powell”

What is your hidden talent?
“Cordon Bleu Chef”

What was your largest purchase made when you were teenager?
“My first Motorbike”

tom

Thomas Graham

Operations Director

Thomas Graham’s Bio

Thomas brings extensive experience in both the hospitality and healthcare industries and was originally mentored under the leadership of Sir Reo Stakis, opening their first new-build hotel at Edinburgh International Airport.

In the hospitality industry, Thomas has served in general & regional management and operations directorship roles with companies such as; Forte, Stakis, Hilton, Whitbread, Swallow, and InterContinental hotels.

In the healthcare industry, he has served in general & regional management roles within Bupa Care Homes and Audley Care, gaining invaluable experience in hands-on, person-centred care and he gained additional new-build experience when opening the luxury, £25m Audley Inglewood retirement village in Kintbury, Berkshire.

In recruitment, his wealth of knowledge in people management, operations and development, in addition to his experience in dealing with a number of recruitment companies affords him a focus on client needs, service delivery and an ability to lead our long-term people strategy.

Getting to know Tom

What would you name your boat if you had on?
“The Sandra D”

What celebrity would you rate as a perfect 10?
“Diletta Leotta, presenter of Italy’s Match of the Day”

Name your six Fantasy Dinner Guests?
“Stephen Fry, Margaret Thatcher, Diletta Lotta, David Attenborough, Peter Kay & Prince”

Favourite Movie of all Time?
“Scent of a Woman”

What would you make illegal if you had the power?
“Reality TV & Fake Celebrities”

Where is the best place you have visited, to enjoy a mojito?
“The Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach, Florida”

Sandra

Sandra Graham

Company Director

Sandra Graham’s Bio

Sandra is a director of the company, who takes more than a passing interest in the fortunes of G.P.S. whilst maintaining her senior role within local Government.

An experienced people-manager and administrator, Sandra brings a wealth of experience in client relationship management, organisational skills and has a natural affinity for assisting people; no matter their role.

Getting to know Sandra

Name your six fantasy dinner guests?
“Brad Pitt; Marlyn Monroe; Brian Laudrup; James Hunt; Prince; HRH Queen Elizabeth”

What is the best concert/event that you have ever attended?  
“The Lovesexy Tour by Prince & The Revolution”

What was the largest purchase you made when you were a teenager?
“My Versace Shirt & Boots when visiting London”

What would you name your boat, if you had one?
“Purple Rain”

You are 20 years old again, in which period from history would you like to live?  
“The Roaring 1920’s”

Which fashion trend needs to be brought back?                                                           ” Shoulder Pads”

Nico De Freitas

Associate Director

Nico De Freitas’s Bio

Nico was born and raised in Island of Madeira, Portugal with an ambition to be a hotelier.

Excelling in Food & Beverage Management, he travelled to Jersey to work at Jerseys largest hotel, Hotel De France where his parents had worked prior to Nico joining them in the UK.

Nico then moved to Scotland holding Senior Management positions Hilton, Scottish Highland Hotels, Friendly Hotels and P&T Classic Hotels in England.

In his late 30’s he started Alliance Hotels Ltd that operated three hotels and a hospitality consultancy business. Nico, now based in Edinburgh served East Lothian Community for over 20 years in senior roles in Tourism, Golf, Licensing, Community Counsellor and in Haddington Community Development Board.

Utilising that vast knowledge, delivered in his own inimitable, professional style, makes Nico a welcome addition to the G.P.S. team.

Getting to know Nico

What is your favourite telephone message that you have received?
“From my son, telling me that I was going to be a Grandad”

Name your six fantasy dinner guests?
“Demi Moore; Sir Charles Forte; Barrack Obama; Tom Jones; Charlize Theron; Monica Galettie”

What is your favourite song?  
Sogno by Andrea Bocelli”

What was the largest purchase you made when you were a teenager?
“My first car; a Fiat 128”

What would you name your boat, if you had one?
The Suzy after my late, little sister”

You are 20 years old again, in which period from history would you like to live?  
“The 1940’s in America”

stacey

Stacey Cole

Associate Director

Stacey Cole’s Bio

Raised and educated in Africa, to British ex-pat parents, Stacey was well travelled from a young age; knowing early on, that hospitality beckoned, starting on a small Safari Camp in South Luangwa National Park.

Focusing on Front of House management, she soon travelled to the USA, working for the prestigious Mayflower Inn in Connecticut and later to the UK to work at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxford.

Stacey then moved into a senior role as Deputy GM with Virgin Limited Edition, owned by Richard Branson, spending time working on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands and the Moroccan Retreat, Kasbah Tamadot.

She went back ‘home’ to Zambia to help her manage her families’ new safari and hospitality business in Lusaka for 5 years.

Stacey brings diverse knowledge and experience that will assist G.P.S to break new ground into other industries in addition to her home industry of hospitality; working from her office in Yorkshire.

Getting to know Stacey

What is your favourite activity when work is over?

“Just welcomed a new German Sheperd puppy, so walking with her is way up on the list”

What is the weirdest food you have eaten?

“Inswa Akak Flying Ants”

Which celebrity would you rate as the perfect ten?

“Charlie Hunnam……woof!”

Name your six fantasy dinner guests?

“Michelle Obama; Nelson Mandela; Tom Hanks; Mattew McConaughey; Emma Thompson; JK Rowling”

What was the largest purchase you made as a teenager?

“A Sunshine Yellow Beetle (old school bug style) she was awesome with her flame printed down the side!”

As a youngster, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“For a hot five minutes; a professional breakdancer (lol) More relevantly, a travel writer or hospitality professional (so I could travel)”

Luis

Luis Botsio

Associate Director

Luis Botsio’s Bio

Luis is an experienced recruiter who has worked internally and externally, and can identify when an organisation may need new talent.

He specialises within the growing IT and Technology sector, with experience working across multiple market industries including Government, Banking and SMEs.

He supporting organisations to recruit software developers, infrastructure engineers, IT project managers (Agile and Scrum) and C-Level Executives by building teams with talent and drive for large scale and high impact projects (remote or on-site).

Luis utilises a worldwide network of qualified and experienced professionals to bring quality and lasting change to businesses; working from his office in South London.

Getting to know Luis

What was your largest purchase made when you were teenager?

“A Round-The-World Flight Ticket to Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, North America”

What is the best concert/event that you have attended?
“Kanye West’s (Glow In The Dark Tour) @ O2 Arena in London”

Name you six fantasy dinner guests?
“Kevin Hart; Mike Tyson; Barrack Obama; Preacher Lawson; Kanye West; Donald Trump”

What celebrity would you rate as a perfect 10?
“Eva Mendes”

As a youngster, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“A Rugby Player”

What fashion trend needs to be brought back?
“The Mullet!”

Matt Ondrasik

Matt Ondrasik

Recruitment Consultant

Matt Ondrasik’s Bio

Matt, born in Slovakia and educated in Australia before taking up his first position in the UK as a Chef during those formative years working with London’s White Hart Gastro-Pub and Wagamama, leading to Head Chef roles in London with Zing, Zing and Yo! Sushi where his reputation for a quality delivery of product were becoming apparent; then appointed Head Chef with “The Noodle House” and successfully led the kitchen brigades in London and eventually, Abu Dhabi.

Matt’s first sojourn into recruitment was with Angel HR where he was particularly successful in the accuracy of his search and skills-fit on filling vacancies to the clients, sometimes challenging requirements.

In early 2016, Matt joined the ranks of Leisure People where he utilised his B2B skills set and endearing personality to establish himself very quickly into this new environment, proving to be a fine asset to the company.

He was then attracted by the new and person-centred operational ethos within GPS and happily for us, he joined the team in 2017, operating from the office in the City of London.

Getting to know Matt

What is your favourite song?
“The Guns and Roses classic, November Rain”

What would you make illegal if you had the powers?
“Racism”

What fashion trend needs to be brought back?
“The fashion trend’s from the 1960s”

What is the best concert/event that you have attended?
“The Guns and Roses concert in 2017 in London”

Name you six fantasy dinner guests?
“Robert de Niro, Slash, James Hatfield, Mo Salah, Ozzy Osbourne, Axl Rose”

What would you name your boat if you had one?
“Barbara, after my girlfriend”

Work with G.P.S.

Would you like to be part of a forward-thinking, full-service, Executive and Management Recruitment Consultancy with over 100 years industry experience in: Hospitality; IT & Technology; Healthcare; Conference & Events; Leisure, Sports & Fitness; Travel; Retail and, Finance industries – recruiting and the placement of numerous positions from Chief Executives and General Managers to Executive Chefs and Chief Technical Officers.

Apply to be part of our team below

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