Our Leadership Team
Aimbridge Hospitality EMEA is built on intelligence, experience, dedication and integrity. We are committed to making a positive difference in the hospitality industry and this is exemplified by our executive leadership. Our top-level team enables our owners to experience remarkable operational success and achieve significant financial growth.
David AndersonDivisional President
David Anderson is Divisional President for Aimbridge Hospitality EMEA, a division of leading U.S. based global hotel management company Aimbridge Hospitality. David is responsible for over 120 hotels in the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe and CIS.
David has more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry across Europe and the Indian Ocean, spanning both luxury resorts and midscale hotel portfolios. He leads the senior management and support teams to provide superior returns for hotel owners and plays a pivotal role in the company’s growth.
Prior to joining Aimbridge, David spent 3 years as Chief Executive Officer of SUN Ltd (Hotels & Resorts) in Mauritius. He also held the position of Regional Vice President of the Wyndham Hotel Group, directly managing a European portfolio of 182 hotels across 5 brands. During his tenure as Managing Director of Dolce Hotels and Resorts, David had responsibility for a portfolio of leading MICE hotels across major European cities. David also held the position of Regional Vice President for Northern Europe for the Louvre Hotels Group.
Darren BrennenExecutive Vice President of International Finance/Chief Financial Officer
Darren Brennen is Executive Vice President of International Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Aimbridge Hospitality EMEA, and he is responsible for hotel finance in the United Kingdom and Europe. In his role, Darren oversees the company’s financial and accounting functions for all hotels across these regions in addition to corporate branch offices in Glasgow and Amsterdam. He joined Aimbridge in 2009 as Senior Vice President of Hotel Finance and has been a key force in driving growth in Europe since.
Darren started his hotel career as a financial analyst with Forte UK, before becoming a property Director of Finance in Moscow, Beijing and Prague with Radisson and latterly Marriott International. From 2005, he was the Area Finance Director for Marriott International based in Frankfurt Germany, covering 35 hotels in Western Europe.
Barry DawsonSenior Vice President of Hotel Finance
Barry Dawson is responsible for leading the hotel based finance function and driving performance through improved efficiencies and cost management. Barry joined Aimbridge Hospitality EMEA from Macdonald Hotels and Resorts, where he worked throughout his career in a variety of roles stretching back to the late 1990s.
He started as a Hotel Financial Controller, before being promoted through the ranks to Hotels Finance Director for a group of 45 hotels; a position which he held for five years. Barry is an acknowledged visionary with a proven track record in financial management.
Carol DoddsSenior Vice President of Commercial
Carol Dodds, Senior Vice President of Commercial for Aimbridge Hospitality EMEA, is responsible for leading and directing the specialist commercial functions of revenue strategy, sales, marketing and e-commerce. Carol has played an active role within the development team for many years supporting the growth of the organisation through new client relationships. She joined the company following Aimbridge’s acquisition of Chardon Management Ltd in September 2013, following an 8-year tenure as VP Revenue Strategy and E-commerce.
Carol has been working in the industry for over 30 years, covering both the London and provincial markets with experience within many major brands, including 10 years with Forte Hotels and five years with Intercontinental Hotels Group in regional senior commercial leadership roles.
Liz DixonVice President of IT
Liz Dixon, Vice President of IT for Aimbridge Hospitality EMEA, oversees the implementation of technology into business operations with the goal of using technology to improve operations and efficiencies through IT strategy, tactical delivery, guidance, and governance. Liz leads a team with extensive technical & specialist knowledge across technology and programme management, as well as leveraging global team specialisms.
Liz has three decades experience within global brand and hotel management with specialist expertise in technology, as well as previous operational & revenue experience, and has been with Interstate for 15 years, most recently as Director of Openings and Transitions IT.
From our corporate offices in Birmingham, Glasgow, and Amsterdam, to our team members in each hotel we manage, we strongly believe that people make the difference. Possessing over a century of combined experience in the hospitality industry, Aimbridge’s leadership team ensures superior returns for our owners.
Steve TerrySenior Vice President of Development
Steve Terry, Senior Vice President of Development for Aimbridge Hospitality EMEA, is responsible for growing the third-party management business, for both branded and unbranded hotels. He joined the company following Aimbridge’s acquisition of Chardon Management Ltd in September 2013.
Steve has been at the forefront of branded hotel development for nearly 20 years. He started his career in hotel development with IHG, leading the development of Holiday Inn Express in the UK before taking on the role of UK Development Director for all brands. He has also worked as a Development Director for BDL Hotels, one of the UK’s largest franchise hotel operators, as well as Wyndham Hotel Group.
Sabina Wyss di CorradoVice President of Development, Europe
Sabina Wyss di Corrado joined Aimbridge Hospitality EMEA in the role of Vice President, Development to drive further growth across Europe through third-party management opportunities for branded and unbranded hotels, serviced apartments and resorts, within all chain scales.
With over 18 years’ professional experience in hotel development, planning, acquisitions, advisory and operations, Sabina worked for PPHE Hotel Group (FTSE 250), Christie & Co, TRI (now part of CBRE), the UNCTAD/WTO, various luxury hotels and Swiss International Airlines. Fluent in five languages and having been based in various countries around the world including Australia, Ecuador, Mexico, Switzerland and the UK, Sabina gained a wealth of experience across Europe and exposure to the Americas, Africa, the Middle and Far East as well as Australia. Sabina is also a lecturer at EHL (École hôtelière de Lausanne) as well as a frequent guest speaker and panellist at key industry events and institutions.
Nicole Turnhout-AmmerlaanVice President of Operations - Western Europe
Nicole Turnhout-Ammerlaan is Vice President of Operations for Aimbridge Hospitality EMEA, responsible for delivering excellence in performance in our growing portfolio of hotels in the Continent of Europe since November 2020.
Nicole has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She previously worked for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in the Caribbean, NH Hotel Group in South Africa, Europe and the UK and she spent 8 years at IHG in Europe prior to her current role. Nicole graduated in 2000 with a bachelor degree at Hotel Management School Maastricht and obtained an MSc degree at The University of Derby, before gaining a MA degree at Stenden University, both in 2019.
Nicole is a board member of the Hotel Leaders Network and the Advisory Board of Stenden Hotelschool in the Netherlands. She is passionate about people and culture and often lectures at some of the most prestigious hotel schools in Europe.
Matt StrayVice President of Operations
Matt Stray is a Vice President of Operations for Aimbridge Hospitality EMEA, responsible and fully accountable for delivering excellence in performance across a business region including hotels, restaurants, health clubs and spas. He joined the company following Aimbridge’s acquisition of Chardon Management Ltd in September 2013. With Chardon since 2007, he was responsible for the opening and integration of new hotels joining the portfolio, strategically working with IHG, Hilton, Accor and independent hotels.
Matt has over 18 years’ experience in the industry, working initially in various regional roles within the hotel health club and spa space with brands such as Hilton, Radisson, Thistle and Choice Hotels, before moving into the private health club sector. Matt then specialised in hotel management from 2009, during which time he has established a proven track record of success working with branded and unbranded hotels. Matt is also the UK&I Chair for the IHG Owners Association.
Simon BachelorVice President of Operations
Simon Bachelor, Vice President of Operations, joined Aimbridge Hospitality EMEA in April 2015 from IHG, transitioning the Cerberus owned IHG franchised hotels into Aimbridge management as Regional Director of Finance. Now in his current role, he’s responsible for a portfolio of 19 hotels across the UK under both the Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands.
Simon has 27 years of experience within the hospitality industry, predominantly working in finance roles, as well as holding the position of General Manager. He’s worked with many brands, included Marriott, Jurys, MacDonald and Principal and has completed rationalisation programmes in reducing cost and increasing efficiency.
Devin GrosseVice President of Operations
Devin Grosse, Vice President of Operations, is responsible for a group of both limited and focus service hotels across the UK. He joined the company following Aimbridge’s acquisition of Chardon Management Ltd. in September 2013 and was with Chardon since 2006. Devin currently plays an active role within the specialist purchasing of food & beverage and also development, completing business projections and feasibilities for prospective owners/investors from an operational perspective.
With over 25 years within the hospitality industry, Devin’s experience has taken him all over the UK at every level, including IHG, working with over 100 hotels specialising in strategic food & beverage policy and general management.