GETTING TO KNOW: David Lockhart, hotel manager, The Ned

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Find out what hotel manager at The Ned, David Lockhart, wishes he knew about the industry prior to joining and the highlight of his career to date.

Name:  David Lockhart

Job title: Hotel Manager of The Ned

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Highlight of your career so far?  My appointment at The Ned. It’s been brilliant to be part of a hotel which has dramatically changed the face of the City, as well as people’s perceptions of how British hotels can operate.

If you could choose three guests, dead or alive, to dinner, who would you choose? Richard E Grant, Victoria Wood and Isadora Duncan.

Last hotel you stayed at? The Principal Charlotte Square, in Edinburgh. The service was impeccable, it’s a fabulous place.

Best piece of advice you ever received? “To ignore is to accept”

Biggest service bugbear? A cluttered table

If you went on Stars in their Eyes, who would you portray?  Peggy Lee

Which other company (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire and why? The World Food Programme because it’s mission statement is to eradicate hunger.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning? Full floor walk

Your first job? Kitchen porter

If you weren’t a hotelier what would you be doing? I’d be a trauma nurse

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? I’d like to be MD of a progressive lifestyle hotel, where the approach to design matches the approach to service.

Your dream job? An ambassador somewhere with a tropical climate

Something you wish you knew before joining the industry: How often people invite you to become part of their lives.

In one word…

Favourite food? Mum’s lasagne

Favourite UK city? London

Favourite request on the jukebox? Grace Jones Le Vie En Rose

Favourite drink? Single malt

Favourite holiday destination? Thailand

Favourite film? Muriel’s Wedding

Favourite gadget? Steam cleaner

Favourite thing you own? A painting from Cuba

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