17th October: Tony Matharu
This week Elliot Moss is joined by Tony Matharu.
Tony is Founder and Managing Director of Grange Hotels – ‘London’s Leading Independent Hotel Group’ – former winner of the “Best Small Hotel Company”. (Business Travel Awards)
His responsibilities include designing, building and managing 18 luxury 4 star and 5 star central London hotels.
Tony combines his passion for hospitality with philanthropy, sport and community engagement; acting as founder and Chairman of IODR UK – a children’s emergency relief and development charity with projects mostly in the Indian Ocean Region; as London Chairman of the Lord’s Taverner’s - “giving young people a sporting chance”; as Vice President of the Oracle Head & Neck Cancer Research Trust; as Deputy Chairman of the Corporation of London’s ‘City Together’; as Chairman of the City of London’s ‘Vibrant & Culturally Rich City Group’; and as a Director of the London Business Improvement District (BID) – “In Mid Town”. Tony also holds a number of Board and other positions in the Arts, charitable sector, and sport - particularly cricket and hockey, and he continues to play at representative and international levels.
Tony has founded many successful start up organizations and companies. He was awarded ‘Hotelier of the Year’ in 2013; received a ‘Special Recognition Award’ for his Contribution to London’s Success and a Technology and Innovation Award in 2014. He founded and sold a successful specialist sports brand, Ayrtek®, now co-branded with Adidas. He founded a global hospitality consultancy which has created a number of innovative and award winning technology solutions, together with two award winning spa and guest amenity brands: Ajala Spa and Redwood & Feller. Tony has two more landmark hotels properties under construction and has more new hospitality focussed products and services in the pipeline. He continues to push the boundaries and to create new opportunities to drive efficiency and improved performance.