Power List 2016: Business Leaders – David Morgan-Hewitt, MD, The Goring

David Morgan Hewitt

David Morgan-Hewitt is synonymous with The Goring, having worked at the luxury five-star hotel for the last 25 years, starting as restaurant manager in 1990, before being made general manager in 1996 and then onto the role he plays today in 2006. During this time, he has led the hotel through significant developments and exciting periods of transformation, not to mention striking up a powerful relationship with Her Majesty The Queen and her extended family. David has been instrumental in upholding the highest standards of hospitality at The Goring, driven by his passion for luxury hotels.

His charisma, strong character and infectious jovial nature saw him awarded the honour of General Manager of the Year in 2015 by Luxury Travel Advisor, beating off stiff competition from some of the world’s leading lights in hospitality.

Last year also marked a turning point for The Goring, as it reopened in March after being closed for the first time ever to undergo an extensive transformation. Working closely with the hotel’s CEO Jeremy Goring, David and seamlessly oversaw the refurbishment and continues to be a fundamental force in The Goring’s ongoing success.

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The 69-bedroom hotel in London is the capital’s oldest family-owned and in 2015 it celebrated its 105th year in business. David’s ability to make this heritage relevant to the modern day and maintain the hotel as a real international market contender helped secure The Goring a Royal Warrant by HM The Queen in 2013 – an accolade never before granted to a hotel. This adds to the multitude of foodie, accommodation and service awards handed to The Goring since its humble beginnings.

Alongside his day job, David also sits on the executive committee of the Master Innholders, is chairman of Pride of Britain Hotels and an Honorary Catering Advisor to the Army.

And he loves it all too; his Twitter bio simply states: “I have the best job in the world”.



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