Head Office Employees

PAUL CALLINGHAM

Managing Director

Paul is a founding director of StarboardHotels and has been Managing Director since 2006. Paul brings with him over three decades of experience in the property industry and has been a director of Roselodge and its associated companies for over 24 years. He has particular expertise in financial matters surrounding real estate investment and development. Paul is especially interested in all developments in the IT and digital sector.

JON BAKER

Financial Director

Having joined Starboard Hotels in 2015, Jon leads the Head Office finance team. He appraises each site, identifies funding and manages budgets, whilst providing payroll and HR support to the hotels. Jon holds a wealth of knowledge in the hospitality industry covering a number of high profile financial roles, including six years of Director of Finance for the Belfry where he was responsible for a business worth £32m.  Jon has also constructed major investment appraisals and delivered large-scale hotel refurbishment programmes to time and on budget achieving significant increases in asset value.

KERIAN BARNES

Group Operations Director

Kerian has a long career in hospitality with over 25 years spent in senior management roles. Working with national chains and independent companies she brings a wealth of experience of sales and operational control. Joining Starboard in 2012 Kerian is responsible for the operational performance of the hotels. Kerian’s passion for training and development has seen the hotels credited with several awards for best in class for service and guest experience. Kerian also chairs the Lancashire Business in the Community scheme since 2013.

ADI HODZIC

Development Director

During Adi’s 15 year career with Starboard and Roselodge Group he has been responsible for driving numerous pan-European initiatives and establishing the company’s central procurement function. He leads Starboard’s national hotels activity through his extensive knowledge and network across key target countries. Additionally, he is in charge of all strategic procurement activities.

FRAZER CALLINGHAM

Assistant Operations Manager

Frazer is a qualified chef and has a strong background in the hospitality industry with his experience stretching from operations to events management. Working with Starboard since 2009 he is responsible for the Groups Food and Beverage delivery whilst liaising with the GM’s on the day to day operational requirements of the individual hotels. Additionally Frazer is actively involved in the property improvement programmes across the portfolio. Outside of work Frazer is interested in Charity Challenges and Martial Arts.

VEDRANA RILEY

Investment Manager

Vedrana’s has a strong background in investment and asset development. Prior to joining Starboard Hotels, Vedrana was Corporate Finance Manager at Pacific Investments and Managing Director of IPIN Global Capital Ltd. Vedrana worked at BridgePoint Ventures as Senior Vice President of Operations and Implementation. Vedrana graduated with a first class degree at the Sorbonne, Paris, followed by a Masters degree in London, where she got distinction. A French national who was born in the former Yugoslavia, Vedrana is fluent in five languages.

MOHAMMAD UMER

IT Manager

Mohammad has been in charge of the IT across the portfolio for the last 10 years. Mohammad specialises in optimising  the IT Infrastructure, centralising data and applications and managing the every day support function of the hotels. Mohammad recently introduced Meraki guest Wi-Fi technologies across the entire group, which has enhanced the guest Wi-Fi experience tremendously. The Holiday Inn Express Burnley was the first IHG property in Europe to embrace this technology.

ILKA SALZMANN

Marketing Manager

With previous experience in luxury andbudget travel Ilka joined Starboard Hotels in May 2013. Ilka’s focus is on the strategic development of the assets marketing activities with her key strength being in digital marketing, PR and media relations, content management and developing suitable 360 marketing activities. Ilka is a keen traveller with hands on hospitality experience, a strategic approach and excellent communication skills.

PAUL PAYNE

Regional Revenue Manager

Paul has over 22 years’ in hospitality management and has worked with some of the most respected and well recognised brands in the industry such as Whitbread, David Lloyd Leisure , Premier Inn, Days Inn and privately owned Boutique hotels and 5* Hostels.
Paul has a wealth of knowledge culminated from roles in operations, multi-site sales and revenue management and is a proud father of two and a lifelong Liverpool FC supporter.