Our Team

Peter Cashman – Chief Executive Officer

Peter CashmanPeter was a founding and main board director of CHE Hotel Group PLC for over 20 years and during this time was directly responsible for all aspects of the group including:

- All the group's assets and development including the conception, design and roll-out of CHE's new build premium budget brand “Sleep Inn”

- The operations of 80 managed, leased and owned hotels in the UK, Ireland, France and Germany

- The development and operation of a franchise business with 350 hotels across 14 European countries

- A founder Director, Chairman and – currently – a main board director of Choice Hotels Ireland, now one of Ireland's largest hotel groups with 10 large new-build 4 star hotels in Ireland and the UK

- The development and opening of more than 50 hotels in the
UK, Ireland and Germany.

Before joining the CHE Group, Peter started his career in Switzerland and then joined the London division of Trust House Forte. He has also held senior management roles with Centre Hotels (now predominantly Holiday Inns), Comfort Hotels International and Ladbrokes Hotels (now Hilton).

Alun Edwards – Managing Director

Before founding Focus Hotels Management with Peter Cashman in June 2007, Alun spent 5 years as Operations Director with Choice Hotels Europe. He was responsible for over 40 owned, managed and franchised hotels in the UK within the CHE Hotel Group. Alun was directly involved in management contracting, the development of CHE’s new build premium budget brand “Sleep Inn”, as well as opening two new hotels in the City of London.

Prior to working for CHE, Alun was involved in the management buy-in of County Hotels, a group of 25 three and four star hotels spread across the UK. He became a Founder Director and Shareholder of this newly formed company which was subsequently sold to Corus and Regal Hotels. Within Corus, Alun was a Senior Operations Director responsible for over 100 hotels.

Earlier in his career, Alun held management positions with Inter-Continental Hotels, Grand Metropolitan Hotels, Marriott Hotels, and Crest in their 4 and 5 star London hotels, before joining Moat House to open four new 4 star hotels.

Steven Frewer – Director of Hotel Operations

Steven FrewerSteven has worked in the hotel industry for over 30 years, operating and managing hotels across the UK and his experience is also supported by a number of years as Business Director for Unite Plc, a FTSE 250 property company, before working as an independent consultant, project managing hotel developments and refurbishments.

- Over 10 years as Operations Director for CHE Group PLC with responsibility for a portfolio of 40 owned, managed and franchised hotels throughout the UK.

- Considerable experience in management contracts, acquisitions, disposals and development projects and has undertaken numerous consultancy assignments.

- Experienced in opening numerous hotels across the UK, from full service hotels to branded budget operations.

- Early career involved several management positions with Trust House Forte and Friendly Hotels PLC, rising to Area Manager for 13 properties.

John Collis – Finance Director

John Collis

John, a UK Chartered Accountant of over 20 years standing,   is a senior finance director with in depth knowledge and experience of the hospitality industry (a member of the British Association of Hospitality Accountants).

John has worked for a number of large companies in senior financial roles, most recently as Finance Director for easyHotel Limited and prior to that as Finance Director for Arora International Hotels. Previously John has worked for HSBC and Queens Moat Houses Plc.

John has had hands on experience of acquisition, new build, extensions, rebranding and disposal of hotels during his career

He looks for process improvement and a strong balance sheet approach to the monthly accounts of the hotels we operate and manage, as well as developing the forecast tools to manage the business effectively.

He has been involved at head office level for most of his hotel career, but has also worked in hotels from the budget level to five star luxury hotels, setting up robust control procedures and reporting.

Jacqui Bentley McKenna - Commercial Director

Jacqui Bentley McKenna

An experienced hospitality expert, specialising in Sales, Revenue/Yield and Distribution Systems. Jacqui has had over 30 years industry experience and was previously Director of Reservation Services at Ramada Jarvis Hotels. Prior to that, Jacqui had worked with Ladbrokes (now Hilton) and Comfort Hotels International in various revenue and sales operational roles.

Jacqui, through her company Regoran Ltd, is contracted to Focus Hotels to provide these services to hotels managed by Focus. Jacqui offers a unique approach and solutions to business challenges, especially relating to sales and revenue performance. Usually this involves a full "Health Check" on sales, reservations systems and processes to identify and put in place "Quick Wins" and strategic plans for the longer term success of the business.

Matt Payton – Director of Revenue and Distribution

Matt joined Focus Hotels Management in 2009 as Director of Revenue and Distribution, bringing over 20 years of industry experience with him. Matt has specialised in revenue management for over 10 years has held Revenue Manager positions with the Real Hotel Company, Ramada Jarvis, Corus Hotels and at The Brigstow Hotel, Bristol.  

Chris Charalambous - Director of Development

Chris Charalambous

 

Chris has worked in the hotel industry for over 30 years, operating and managing hotels across the UK, and his experience is also supported by a number of years as a Senior Executive and at a later stage as the Chief Executive of St Johnstone Football Club, before joining Focus Hotels Management Ltd. 

• Over 1o years as hotel General Manager and Regional Manager with CHE Group PLC with responsibility for a regional portfolio of 5 hotels owned, managed and franchised hotels throughout the UK.

• Over 5 years experienced as a Hotel General Manager with Ramada Jarvis whilst having responsibility of the Scottish region’s sales development, payroll efficiencies and utilitiesmanagement.

• Considerable experience in management contracts, acquisitions and development projects 

Chris is currently developing a number  of properties in Scotland and England  whilst overseeing  some project work in England in supporting his colleagues at Focus Hotels Management. His knowledge and experience in operating hotels, multi-unit management, finance, development, IT , sales and marketing, purchasing and human resources is crucial on supporting and growing our company.

Chris holds the HCIMA qualification and over the years he won a number of awards including, hotel general manager of the year, hotel of the year and first hotel in UK to gain the IIP award.