Meet the Team


Meet Zinnia's executive team:


Geoff Hudson - Chairman

Geoff has over 35 years’ experience in the real estate sector. He was a founding director of the Stannifer Group and Stannifer Hotels Group (now called Somerton Hotels and one of Intercontinental Hotel Groups largest franchisees in the United Kingdom) and through Stannifer was engaged in the development of hotels, retail centres and a number of city centre regeneration projects.


Alastair Cattrell - Managing Director


As managing director, Alastair brings over 20 years of direct development experience to Wylam. He has a particular expertise in hotel development and hospitality.  Alastair has completed the construction of 18 limited service hotels and 2 full service hotel – principally in conjunction with InterContinental Hotels Group. Alastair commenced his career with Chesterton International in Hong Kong where he managed departments for them. He later moved to London and Singapore. Alastair initially joined Stannifer Hotels Group before moving to Wylam in 2006. 


Will Tasker - Technical/Projects development Director 


Will is a Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager and has had more than 30 years experience in the construction industry; he joined the group in August 2007.  Will possesses considerable expertise through the provision of project management, project co-ordination, quantity surveying and other advisory services on new-build and refurbishment projects for a wide range of public and private sector clients such as HSBC, Barclays Bank, Co-operative Group, McDonalds, Healthcare and Branded Hotels. Will is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Association of Project Managers.  Will’s main focus is currently on branded hotels mainly Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express and has successfully overseen the construction of all our hotels right to their opening.


Jean-Brice Raybaud - Operations Director


Jean-Brice started his career in the Catering and Hospitality Industry over 34 years ago and was promoted through the ranks very quickly gaining a wealth of knowledge; he has an extensive experience working in senior management positions.  Jean-Brice has worked for a broad range of hotel brands such as Loews Hotels Holdings, Trust House Forte, Concorde Hotels & Resorts and others as well as working for prestigious establishments in Scotland, Monaco, London and Cannes. Jean-Brice main focus is the day to day management of Zinnia Hotel’s operations and overseeing the operational side of hotel development projects from construction to opening. He has successfully managed the opening of all our hotels.


Karen Le Lievre – Interior Designer 


With over 30 years experience in the property development and residential markets, Karen has established a reputation for producing timeless and elegant contemporary designs. Her designs encompass a broad range of styles and brought many aspirations to life.Karen coordinates all professional teams and suppliers responsible for the execution of the interior design. Karen provides invaluable experience and expertise on the design elements of hotel projects.  


Tony Hopkins – Financial Director


Tony is the Finance Director of the Wylam Investments Group based in their Guernsey head office and has been with the Group since its inception.He attended the prestigious King Edward’s School, Birmingham and Manchester University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. After obtaining audit experience with one of the Big Four accounting firms he left the UK in 1977 and worked in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Switzerland before settling in Guernsey in 1996.

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