The Team

Chairman & CEO


In 1999, Simon formed Lester Hotels, a company that owns and manages mid-market hotels throughout the UK and Ireland, and also founded the Venue Resource Group, a company providing global hotel and conference booking services, before successfully selling the business in 2009. In 2018 Simon launched his new aparthotel brand called CitiHome and is looking forward to introducing his new concept in accommodation described as ‘co-living for professionals’ to key cities across the UK and beyond.

Finance Director


Martin’s hospitality career began with Thistle Hotels holding various operational management roles before taking the opportunity to move into the finance arena. Since qualifying as an accountant (CIMA), Martin has developed a unique financial expertise in the hospitality industry enabling a strong communication between all functions of the business. Martin is responsible for the financial performance of all units within the group focusing on key margins, returns on investment, detailed financial feasibilities and budgets.

Development Director


From heading the property department of a London Law Firm, Michael took a board position at the MWB group, managing the highly successful acquisition and development programme which included hotels in iconic brands such as Malmaison, De Vere, Hotel Du Vin and Village hotels. As well as working with RAM, owners of the highly acclaimed Great Northern Hotel and Lester Hotels. Michael as Development Director of CitiHome has a particular focus on operating agreements, management contracts, development and refurbishment.

Revenue Director


Experienced Cluster Revenue Manager who has managed the hotel revenue departments of hotels across three continents. As a hospitality veteran and revenue consultant, Lisa is frequently required to engage in a variety of different revenue management assignments for all accommodation types, this has enabled her to develop expert data science skills and a deep analytical understanding pertaining to all areas of hotel economics.

Director of Sales


Barry has been building and launching hotel brands for over 20 years now having started his hospitality career carrying luggage in a 5* hotel in Paris. He successfully helped build the Grange Hotels chain opening 17 hotels in 15 years before launching Arbor Hotels in London. He then continued his career by moving to Italy where he opened Rome’s finest urban resort hotel, the Aroma Hotel, and launched to great acclaim, one of Venice’s leading hotels, the Palazzo Venart. He is responsible for all areas of sales and marketing.

Brand Architect


David is an Architect & Interior designer who has specialised within in the Hospitality industry for over 40 years. Working with many major Hotel brands from Gleneagles to Holiday Inns, together with iconic flagship restaurants such as The Cinnamon Club in Westminster and Roast in Borough Market. His passion is to create exceptional innovative designs that dovetail with, and improve the operation of the particular project. As brand architect for CitiHome he ensures that the Architecture & Interior Design aesthetics merge seamlessly creating a homogenous, yet site specific, brand design.