Russell Kett appointed Special Advisor to Northern Powerhouse Developments Board

30 April 2018.  Russell Kett, chairman of the London office of global hospitality consultancy HVS, has been appointed a special adviser to the board of hotel and leisure investment company, Northern Powerhouse Developments (NPD).

Kett, one of the most respected names in the hospitality industry, brings 45 years of experience within the international hotel sector to this northern-based UK company.  His reputation and experience have helped advise and steer the fortunes of many of the world’s biggest hotel companies.  He has an unrivalled knowledge and global understanding of guest expectations along with investors’ requirements and those of lenders, owners, operators and brands.

He joins two other formidable hotel and leisure heavyweights at NPD: Peter Moore OBE – who introduced Center Parcs to the UK – is Chairman of NPD Leisure, and Richard Lewis, who is CEO of NPD Hotels.

Commenting on Kett’s appointment, the Chairman of NPD, Gavin Woodhouse, said: “I am delighted to be working with Russell, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to NPD, and his advice and industry insight will be invaluable as we move forward.”

“It is important to have someone to challenge the board and its decisions based upon their own global knowledge, and there is no better person to question our decisions, advise us on direction, growth and opportunities than Russell.”.

Talking about his new his role with NPD, Kett said: “I am looking forward to working with such an ambitious and innovative business.  I have been hugely impressed with the progress NPD has made over the past three years.  Having people of the calibre of Gavin Woodhouse, Peter Moore and Richard Lewis on board also reflects the company’s intentions and objectives.

“One of the biggest factors in achieving success in this industry is the ability to have a clear definition and to be differentiated from the competition, which NPD has achieved in a short space of time.  I look forward to working with the board as their growth continues over the coming years,” he concluded.