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Hospitality concepts and design

A trusted partner to the hospitality industry, from feasibility studies through to completed project delivery, NEXT provides unique customised Food & Beverage consultancy and design services to the highest international standards around the globe, focused on sustainable quality and outstanding results. NEXT presents the necessary experience and demonstrates the unwavering capabilities, to exceed client expectations in all aspects of hospitality concepts, design and solutions.

Russell Paine, FIH

Founder & CEO, nextIhospitality

Russell has been in the development consultancy and management side of the restaurant and luxury hotel industry for over 20 years, he now focuses a passionate, creative as well as dynamic yet balanced approach to nextIhospitality founded in 2012.

After Russell successfully completed his Hotel Management Studies in England he went on to work with some of the finest hotel groups in the world located in Asia Pacific and Europe such as Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong & Macau, Gleneagles Hotel Scotland, Claridges London, St. Regis Beijing, Dusit International, Ritz-Carlton Bali and Peninsula Group followed by studies at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

Russell’s last position in the luxury hotel industry was Corporate – Director of Food & Beverage for Europe with Hilton Worldwide charged with responsibility for all food and beverage operations for new and existing hotels in Eastern Europe, Turkey, Israel and Russia, responsible for Hilton International, Conrad Hotels and Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts and all mid range brands.

Prior to Hilton Worldwide Russell was Group Director of Food and Beverage for Marco Polo Hotels, Asia Pacific responsible for food and beverage operations for new and existing hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the Philippines.

Notably, in recognition of Russell’s commitment to professionalism over the years within senior leadership roles as well as good standing in the luxury hospitality industry, in 2009 he was elected a ‘Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality’ which is the highest honour awarded by the institute. The Institute of Hospitality is based in London and has a professionally recognised and respected network established around the globe.

Harry Littlewood, MBA

Non Executive Advisor, nextIhospitality

Harry focuses mainly on the development of the nextIhospitality portfolio and certain aspects of the nextIhospitality operations. Being associated with brands throughout his professional career, he began as a food and beverage management trainee at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental in Central Hong Kong.

Being associated with brands throughout his professional career he began as a food and beverage management trainee at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental in Central Hong Kong.

Before starting nextIhospitality with Russell, Harry’s last position held was with Standard Chartered

Bank where he worked on the design, fit-out and operations (with a focus on service excellence and enhanced service levels) for three of the Bank’s flagship buildings: 24 floors of Marina Bay

Financial Centre Tower One plus two buildings located at Changi Business Park all located in Singapore.

Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, Harry worked for the hotel arm of Great Eagle Holdings; Langham Hospitality Group as Director of Development whereby upon his departure (after two years) a number of leads had reached contract stage.

Before Langham Hospitality Group, Harry worked for a privately held Chinese company based in Guangzhou. Harry arranged this company’s luxury and super car initiative and progressed the company to represent Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche and Rolls Royce generally covering the South China (Mainland) area.

Harry holds an MBA focusing on international business, speaks Cantonese fluently, is a good communicator in Mandarin and holds strong networks throughout Asia after living in the region for two decades.

Harry was accepted into Delta Mu Delta upon graduation by graduating within the top ten percent of candidates.

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