The Global Advisory Board is made up of carefully selected industry leaders who share our values and act as a sounding board for the direction of Bench Events.

We, like all industries, are having to innovate and to stay ahead of the curve and the Advisory Board’s role is to guide us in excelling as the leading platform for thought leadership, networking and deal making in the global hospitality industry. And most importantly to enable prosperity with those communities we engage with.

John Blakey

Founder – The Trusted Executive Foundation

Jennifer Fox

Industry Executive

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman and Founder, ESPA International

Gerald Lawless

Ambassador, World Travel & Tourism Council

His Excellency, Sheikh Mubarak Al Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabah

Chairman, Action Hotels & Vice Chairman, Action Group Holdings KSCC

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide and Quillon Hospitality

Nick van Marken

Industry Executive

Who attends our events?


Key influencers in the market. Leaders chosen for their industry knowledge, experience and insight.


Senior figures and decisionmakers; Investors, Hotel Owners, Lenders, Developers, Operators, Hotel Chain Executives, Financial Advisors, Real Estate Agents, Lawyers, Designers, Architects, Consultants, Tourism Officials, Timeshare Developers and Government Officials from all areas of the hotel industry and from all across the World.


Companies that are leaders in the hotel investment industry. They are there to network with delegates, showcase products and provide business solutions.