David Williams (Associate)
Areas of Expertise: Asset Management, Financial Control, Management Contract Negotiations, Sustainability
David Williams has spent many years at the sharp end of hospitality businesses, in ten different hotel management teams and in corporate roles, mentoring and troubleshooting operations on five continents.
At Hotel Solutions Partnership, he provides consultancy services in the areas of Asset Management, Feasibility Studies, Hotel Operator Search and Relationship Management, Investment Appraisal, Financial Control Implementation, Risk management, Audit and Sustainability advice.
David spent 19 years based in Hong Kong and has worked in nearly every country in the Asia Pacific region. After gaining his degree from the University of Surrey, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant through the offices of Horwath & Horwath and KPMG in London. He then embarked on a career as a Financial Controller in the hospitality sector, including six years with Hyatt International.
After leaving Hyatt, he took on the role as Owners’ Representative and General Manager of the owning entity for the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, gaining insight into the asset management world and undertaking several redesign and construction projects in the expansion and renovation of the hotel. He was then appointed Finance Director and later Managing Director of the green field construction of Five Lakes Hotel, Golf and Country Club in the UK, a complete design and build project including the construction and operation of a 200 acre European Tour golf course.
David was appointed Group Financial Controller for Peninsula and allied companies, followed by a lengthy period as Head of Audit and Risk Management. He initiated, planned and executed the Peninsula Hotel Group’s sustainability activities and the publication of their first yearly Sustainability Reports as part of the group’s annual financial report documents, achieving the Global Reporting Initiative Certification, C+ standard.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Certified CSR Practitioner, and a member of the Institute of Hospitality.