Name: Adam Smith
Job title: General Manager of Ockenden Manor Sussex
Highlight of your career so far?
The launch of the spa here at the hotel – there is nothing like it in the area
If you could choose three guests, dead or alive, to dinner, who would you choose?
Elizabeth the 1st / Einstein / Disraeli
Last hotel you stayed at?
Best piece of advice you ever received?
Cleanliness is next to godliness (for a hotel)
Biggest service bugbear?
If you went on Stars in their Eyes, who would you portray?
You would never get me on stars in their eyes!!!
Which other company (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire and why?
Apple – because they are innovative and have changed are lives in every way possible
What’s the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning?
Have a coffee and check my breakfast guests
Your first job?
If you weren’t a hotelier what would you be doing?
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
At Ockenden still re-developing the offering and bringing the next phase of rooms to life for our guests
Your dream job?
Something you wish you knew before joining the industry:
That guest would never seize to surprise me
In one word…
Favourite food? Mac and cheese
Favourite UK city? Edinburgh
Favourite request on the jukebox? Vogue
Favourite drink? Martini
Favourite holiday destination? Cape Town
Favourite film? First Wives Club
Favourite gadget? Iphone
Favourite thing you own? Currently my spider arbarth 124