Francisco is the General Manager for Cliveden House and Operations Director for Iconic Luxury Hotels; before this role, he was the General Manager for Bovey Castle in Devon where he oversaw a £12m refurbishment of the property and managed the team that took it from no star rating to 5 AA Red Stars in under 24 months.
With over 20 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry, Francisco has worked across several Countries leading various hotel openings as part of an expansion project and was responsible for all commercial as well as operational decisions including recruitment, training, and coaching of team members across all areas of a Hotel Operations.
Francisco did not always want to be in Hospitality and in fact his focus was initially on studying Medicine but he quickly realised that a degree in Hotel Management was really what he wanted to do.
He is a true believer that we have a duty of giving back, and currently serves as the Chair of the London Advisory Board for Springboard as well as the Institute of Hospitality Thames Valley Branch and as a Mentor via several organisations namely Oxford Brookes and IoH.
Amongst his passions, Francisco has a keen interest in wine and is a Member of the Champagne Academy and a Certified Educator for WSET as well as a WSET Diploma holder