And the winner of the 2016 Asian Business Awards for ‘Hotelier of the Year’ is Shiraz Boghani. Mr. Boghani has been in the hospitality industry for over 30 years and has proven to be a dynamic and hotel manager but this is not his only venture.
Shiraz Boghani is originally from Kenya but he travelled to the UK in 1969 to begin training as an accountant. His first job was at a small firm called Chartered Accountants. He eventually went to work for Thomson McLintock & Co (currently the global accounting firm KPMG) but he continued to seek additional opportunities. His concern for providing quality customer service, led him to research the health care industry and the ways in which he could improve the system.
He became obsessed with the treatment and care of those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other neurological disabilities. He realized the technological advances in care but noticed a void in facilities catering to these diseases. To fill this void, he co-founded Sussex Health Care in 1985.
The goal of the Sussex facility was to provide specialized care by using the latest equipment and technology, providing the best staff training available, and raising all the personal care standards. Shiraz Boghani made this venture so successful that today the company includes 18 Care Homes that can house more than 500 patients.
Healthcare was not the only industry in which Shiraz Boghani made an impact. He also saw an opportunity in the hotel industry and, in 1986, he opened the Splendid Hospitality chain. The success of this chain is obvious and the accolades for Boghani are well-deserved. The Splendid umbrella includes the Hilton London Bankside, The Conrad London St James, The Grand Hotel & Spa, York and Holiday Inn.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Shiraz Boghani financially supports a number of non-profit service organizations and volunteers his time as a Board Member to a variety of agencies. He also supports the Aga Khan Foundation and the Aga Khan Development Network which are UK registered charities.