With a background in Marketing and Project Management, Bianca has a wealth of experience in managing teams from a broad spectrum of industries. From London-based Design and Communication agencies to Canadian Health and Wellness; living and working in multiple cities around the world has fuelled Bianca’s true passion - Travel and Hospitality. As Managing Director for Boutique Hotel Awards, Bianca brings a positive, solution-focused approach to business, a fine eye for detail, an honest and grounded management style and a thirst for world travel and exploration.
Lily Silverton is a writer, journalist, and public speaker with over twelve years experience covering arts, fashion, travel, music, wellbeing, health, and culture. For four years she worked with Rankin as Features Director at Hunger Magazine, and has contributed to a number of international publications including Vogue, Refinery29, POP, Dazed & Confused, Huffington Post, Women’s Health, Lula, and more. She is also a yoga, meditation, and mindfulness teacher who travels and teaches worldwide. She has trekked the Patagonian Ice Fields and the Arctic Circle, but her favourite place to be is up a remote mountain somewhere in India.
With a background in communications and marketing, Paolo is a luxury holiday rental entrepreneur and a private villa expert with more than 12 years’ experience. He was the CEO of a company dedicated to promoting luxury villas and luxury travel experiences to some of the most important agents worldwide, including Amex, Knight Frank, Christies Real Estate and John Taylor International. In 2012 he founded My Private Villas: an exclusive collection of only the highest quality luxury holiday villas. This is an exclusive portfolio of villas, chalets and private islands available to rent directly from their owners in the most iconic destinations worldwide.
Holding a degree in Hospitality & Event management as well as a degree in Mathematics and Economics, Nathan joined Boutique Hotel Awards while he was still a student. He is now travelling South America, discovering exciting new boutique hotels.
Freelance writer for UK top press, Christabel Milbanke is a journalist who believes a return to the traditional tricks of the trade may combat the trend of modern mediocrity prevalent within online and print journalism. Graduating in American Literature, from Kent and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, Christabel interned at United Nations based on her belief in the power of poetry to enlighten society. A born traveler with an innate love of culture and eye for aesthetics, Christabel has a unique perspective on the true meaning of luxury.
Having written for The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, City AM, Quintessentially Insider, The Financial Times, GQ and Brides magazine, Cally now edits Belgravia magazine, and has regularly written about luxury travel for Mayfair Times. A graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge, Cally initially trained in corporate law before making the switch to journalism six years ago.
Nathan is a freelance journalist based in the UK. He has written extensively for the Financial Times in London, and Art Basel Magazine in Miami, Florida. Nathan has covered topics including the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan and the state of the property market in New York City for the House and Home section of FT Weekend. Before becoming a freelance journalist, Nathan travelled widely, spending time teaching English in Hong Kong and Guangdong, China.
Hilary Lancaster has over 20 years of design expertise, after graduating in Sydney in 1992 and starting her career in Singapore. In the UK as Head of Design for Dexter Moren she designed hotels for IHG in Dubai, then established Fusion Interiors Group (FIG) in 2007 working with the 5 Star Somerset Ascott brand in Shanghai. She continues to work with Ascott on boutique lobbies and guestroom concepts for their Citadines Prestige brand in France, and Barcelona. Hilary and her team have also designed a 5 Star private jet lounge in the UK and a luxury spa resort in Qatar. With offices in Jeddah, Doha and Sydney Hilary is expanding hospitality projects globally as well as launching her own range of hotel furniture and carpets.