Nicola began her career in the hospitality industry working in Conference and Banqueting Sales with Queen’s Moat House Hotels in 1987. She then moved to London and was Sales Manager with Hilton International then Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels before moving back to Scotland in 1989 to lead Sales and Marketing for the exclusive private members health and fitness club, Parklands Country Club on the south side of Glasgow.
When her family sold this in 1993, Nicola moved back to London and started a ten year career in media, working for Glasgow Herald, Capital Radio and the Clients Sales team for DMGT, Mail on Sunday Newspapers.
In 2003 Nicola joined Chardon Management as a director and shareholder when it operated just four hotels and helped grow it into the UK’s leading independent hotel management company with a portfolio of £163 million employing 2500 staff, encompassing over 50 hotels and seven health and fitness clubs throughout the UK.
In 2013 Nicola played an instrumental role in the sale of Chardon Management to the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
Her family’s owned hotels and restaurant are now managed by Interstate UK and she oversees them in an Asset Management role.
Nicola currently chairs the European IHG Owners Committee and sits on the Global board for IHG Owners.