Board of Advisors

SHML is also delighted to welcome to our Board of Advisors the following top hospitality personalities, who have marked the industry during the last decades:

Mr. Hans R. Jenni

EHL graduate
President, GHM (

"The opportunity to sponsor the SHML, reaffirms Mr Jenni and GHM’s commitment to making a difference within the hotel and tourism industry by offering students practical training at some of the world’s leading hotels and building relationships with emerging talents."

Gavin M Faull JP

Chairman & President of Swiss-Belhotel International

Gavin Faull, a New Zealand national and business graduate from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, has over 30 years’ experience in hotel management and operations, corporate development and administration. Prior to joining Swiss-Belhotel International in 1990, he held senior positions with The Peninsula Group, Hong Kong and Kingsgate International, Australia and New Zealand. Under his leadership, Swiss-Belhotel International has grown from 3 hotels to an impressive 60 hotels and projects since he took it over as President & Chairman in 1995. He is also a director and investor in a number of private agricultural, property, management and consulting companies in Australia and New Zealand, and is the major shareholder and Managing Director of a 270 hectare, 700 cow dairy business in North Taranaki, New Zealand. Mr Faull is also a Chartered Accountant being a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Society of Accountants, a member of the Institute of Directors and a Justice of the Peace.

“The hospitality industry is all about Passion & Professionalism. Having previously been involved with other hotel management schools, such as Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School in Australia, I am proud to now be associated with SHML. I believe that well trained hotel professionals are key to the guest experience. Young professionals at SHML will learn to exceed guest expectations and make the guest experience the comfort and security of a second home. Guests will ultimately enjoy and expect the passion and professionalism displayed by SHML alumni.”

Claire Wellings

Head of Department of Leisure, Tourism,
Hospitality and Events at the University of Gloucestershire.

Claire has lectured in tourism management since 1991, at three different Higher Education institutions, and has also worked in the events and museums sectors. She is currently an External Examiner in Germany and Greece, and is a Non-Executive Director of South West Tourism, the regional tourism body for the south west of England.

Claire’s interests are in tourism education, skills and training and in raising the profile of tourism as a positive career choice. She has worked for many years with the Association for Tourism in Higher Education, and with industry bodies such as Cheltenham Tourism Forum and the Tourism Skills Network South West.

Miguel Gispert Cerqueda

President, Genesis Hotels & Resorts

Born in Lerida, Spain , a product of the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland married a Filipina and bore 2 sons Miguel, Jr. and Marc, also Hoteliers in their own right.

From several stints in Germany, Switzerland and Spain, he started his career in the Philippines in 1971 with the Intercontinental Group prior to his joining the Manila Hotel in 1977 until 1999 holding the positions of Food & Beverage Manager, Resident Manager, General Manager, and Vice President- Operations for an international venture.Successfully established enterprises in his personal capacities including restaurants.

In 1999, he set-up Genesis Hotels and Resorts Corporation (GHRC), a hotel and resort management company where he is the President. At present, the corporation has under its wing managed and still managing such properties as the Astoria Plaza Suites, Astoria Boracay, A. Venue Hotel , Antel Spa Hotel Suites, Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa, One Tagaytay Place, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Hotel St, Ellis, Misibis Bay, and Midas Hotel and Casino.

As a Hotelier, he has established networks and contacts both locally and internationally.