Name: Pontus Carminger
Job title: Joint managing director, Historic Sussex Hotels
Highlight of your career so far?
Please may I have two? Building a successful and supportive management team and also creating and opening Ockenden Manor Spa.
If you could choose three guests, dead or alive, to dinner, who would you choose?
David Bowie, Robin Williams and Astrid Lindgren.
Last hotel you stayed at?
The Marine Hotel, Dartmouth.
Best piece of advice you ever received?
Work with people you like and whose company you enjoy.
Biggest service bugbear?
Unnecessary restrictions and policies – for example ‘you can only have breakfast between these hours or you can only do this in that place’.
If you went on Stars in their Eyes, who would you portray?
I can’t think of anything more terrifying!
Which other company (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire and why?
Hestra Gloves, A family business in its third and fourth generation, focusing on what they are best at, making gloves and achieving worldwide recognition for their exceptional quality and design.
What’s the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning?
Walk around the hotel and check-in with the team.
Your first job?
Word-counter for translations – I was paid by the word!
If you weren’t a hotelier what would you be doing?
I would love to work with architecture and interiors.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Still working with our family business.
Your dream job?
Voluntary work for a children’s charity.
Something you wish you knew before joining the industry:
What diverse and interesting people you work with and guests that you meet.
In one word…
Favourite food? Löjrom (bleak roe)
Favourite UK city? London is quite exciting but there’s nothing quite like Lewes
Favourite request on the jukebox? Anything by David Bowie
Favourite drink? Red wine (perhaps the odd Negroni!)
Favourite holiday destination? Anywhere with lots of snow and steep slopes
Favourite film? Anything romantic
Favourite gadget? I’m not really a gadget person
Favourite thing you own? My grandfather’s cufflinks