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Gordon Cairns 

Gordon is an Edinburgh law graduate and a KPMG-trained Scottish CA.  His past roles have included FD and Joint MD of Laidlaw Group plc, a 1000 employee retailing group where he learned most about people management in a tough environment. He was also head of corporate development and CFO of Cairn Energy PLC.

In 2000, preferring to deal with people rather than figures, he set up a headhunting firm. In 2010, he added executive mentoring and business advisory work, his clients include Vets Now and Genius Foods.  He is now also a director of Livingston James, Scotland’s fastest-growing executive recruitment firm, and NXC of a £15m wholesaling business.

Ricky Kapoor

A graduate of Leicester’s DeMontfort University, Ricky Kapoor began his career in the Hospitality Industry some 20 years ago. 

He is Commercial Director of his family group of businesses which includes Commercial Offices, a London Wine Bar and The Edinburgh Collection which owns the five star boutique Howard hotel, four star Holyrood apartHOTEL, three star Old Waverley Hotel and four star boutique Channings in Edinburgh. 

He has 'hands-on'  operations, technology and sales experience in running hotel booking agency First Option prior to being sold to lastminute.com in 2004, and boutique hotel booking agency Hotelworld. 

He is also currently chairman of the HBAA Apartment committee and sits  on the HBAA executive committee where he has had involvement with the HBAA since its inception promoting best practice in the procurement of Accommodation, Conferences, meetings and events. 




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Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh 35 Drumsheugh Gardens

0131 274 7404

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Ricky Kapoor, The Edinburgh Collection, www.theedinburghcollection.co.uk


  • Gordon Cairns, Cairns Walker, www.cairnswalker.com
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