Starting your career at the likes of Turnberry Resort, Chewton Glen and Ashdown Park almost guarantees you success in hospitality. And for Michael Purtill his strong start certainly set him up well to lead a very successful career in the industry.
Right now he is general manager at The Capital, the luxury 50-bed boutique in London that is owned by Warwick Hotels, while sector stalwart Kate Levin is on maternity leave. As part of his role at the five-star ‘grand hotel in miniature’, he oversees the Nathan Outlaw Michelin-starred restaurant, looks after sister property The Levin, plus his position also encompasses managing the group’s London Bakery and The Capital Apartments.
Formerly dubbed a ‘Four Seasons’ stalwart’ Purtill worked for 13 years with the brand, starting in 2003 following stints down south at Ashdown Park and Chewton Glen.
After three years with Four Seasons Hampshire, he made the leap to the big smoke and took his first general manager position at the brand’s Canary Wharf property in September 2007.
From there he migrated to Istanbul to take charge of Four Seasons there, before a position at the Principal Hotel Company caught his eye and he made his way back to the UK to embark on a new venture in Manchester. 11 months later and Kate’s departure saw Purtill head back to London.