Our Team

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Management Team

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PAUL CALLINGHAM

Managing Director
Paul is a founding director of StarboardHotels and has been Managing Director since 2006. Paul brings with him over three decades of experience in the property industry and has been a director of Roselodge and its associated companies for over 24 years. He has particular expertise in financial matters surrounding real estate investment and development. Paul is especially interested in all developments in the IT and digital sector.

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JON BAKER

Financial Director
Having joined Starboard Hotels in 2015, Jon leads the Head Office finance team. He appraises each site, identifies funding and manages budgets, whilst providing payroll and HR support to the hotels. Jon holds a wealth of knowledge in the hospitality industry covering a number of high profile financial roles, including six years of Director of Finance for the Belfry where he was responsible for a business worth £32m. Jon has also constructed major investment appraisals and delivered large-scale hotel refurbishment programmes to time and on budget achieving significant increases in asset value.

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FRAZER CALLINGHAM

Development and Projects Director
Frazer is a qualified chef and has a strong background in the hospitality industry with his experience stretching from operations to events management. Working with Starboard since 2009 he is responsible for the Groups Food and Beverage delivery whilst liaising with the GM’s on the day to day operational requirements of the individual hotels. Additionally Frazer is actively involved in the property improvement programmes across the portfolio. Outside of work Frazer is interested in Charity Challenges and Martial Arts.

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KERIAN BARNES

Group Operations Director
Kerian has a long career in hospitality with over 25 years spent in senior management roles. Working with national chains and independent companies she brings a wealth of experience of sales and operational control. Joining Starboard in 2012 Kerian is responsible for the operational performance of the hotels. Kerian’s passion for training and development has seen the hotels credited with several awards for best in class for service and guest experience. Kerian also chairs the Lancashire Business in the Community scheme since 2013.

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MOHAMMAD UMER

IT Director

Mohammad has been in charge of the IT across the portfolio for the last 10 years. Mohammad specialises in optimising the IT Infrastructure, centralising data and applications and managing the every day support function of the hotels. Mohammad recently introduced Meraki guest Wi-Fi technologies across the entire group, which has enhanced the guest Wi-Fi experience tremendously. The Holiday Inn Express Burnley was the first IHG property in Europe to embrace this technology.

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ILKA SALZMANN

Marketing Manager

With previous experience in luxury and budget travel Ilka joined Starboard Hotels in May 2013. Ilka’s focus is on the strategic development of the assets marketing activities with her key strength being in digital marketing, PR and media relations, content management and developing suitable 360 marketing activities. Ilka is a keen traveller with hands on hospitality experience, a strategic approach and excellent communication skills.

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PAUL PAYNE

Regional Revenue Manager

Paul has over 22 years’ in hospitality management and has worked with some of the most respected and well recognised brands in the industry such as Whitbread, David Lloyd Leisure , Premier Inn, Days Inn and privately owned Boutique hotels and 5* Hostels. Paul has a wealth of knowledge culminated from roles in operations, multi-site sales and revenue management and is a proud father of two and a lifelong Liverpool FC supporter.

 

Board of Advisors

 
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ROBERT CROOK

Board Advisor

Robert is a 34 year Industry professional, spending the early part of his career working in hotel operations and franchising with IHG. For the last 17 years Robert has specialised in leading independent hotel management company growth with Chardon Management Ltd and Interstate Hotels and Resorts. Developing and opening numerous hotels, recruiting and developing teams of great professionals, introducing systems and technology to support the growth of Interstate Hotels and Resorts to 65 hotels across Europe. Robert has formed many excellent lasting relationships with a broad spectrum of industry specific contacts in banking, investment companies, hotel owners, hotel brands, industry specialists and professional bodies.

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BRIAN HARRIGAN

Board Advisor

Brian is a Transformation & Change Consultant. Following a successful career with the Metropolitan Police staff where, among other things, he designed and created a shared services structure providing support for operational policing in Finance, HR, Procurement and Planning, Brian joined the Starboard team in 2015. This followed a spell working in the charity sector, delivering organisational change projects. A Chartered Manager with qualifications in Leadership, Management, Finance and HR, Brian assists with organisational development projects including recently the introduction of an enterprise management platform across the business. He also helps with HR documentation and acting as client for some of our outsourced services.

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JOHN KILTY

Board Advisor

John has a long term background in the UK corporate banking market and a wealth of experience at director and senior executive levels in diverse roles at Allied Irish Banks. Following his banking career John has provided consultancy services to sizeable, successful owner managed businesses, with particular focus on hospitality and real estate sectors. In Starboard, John’s input is mainly in supporting the senior team in the areas of strategy, governance, risk management and financing.