Shiraz Boghani traces his origins from Kenya. He moved to the UK in 1969 to study accounts at the Chartered Accountants firm, before serving at the KPMG, formerly known as the MCLintock&Co.
Shiraz Boghani is the chairman and founding partner of the Sojourn Hotels, parent of the Sussex Healthcare Limited and Manager Partner at the Splendid Hotels Group & Hotels. He owns and manages over 19 hotels in the UK. He was the first hotelier to start limited service branded hotels in London in the 1990’s.
He is a seasoned hotelier with over thirty years of experience. At the helm of the Splendid Hospitality Group, his role is directing the growth strategy of the enterprise.
Currently, Splendid runs 20 trading hotels which include the 256 bed roomed Conrad London St.James, Ibis York Centre, 292 bed roomed Hilton London Bankside, 336 bed roomed Holiday Inn and the Grand Hotel&Spa. It is among the UK’s fastest growing, privately- owned hotel group. Shiraz Boghani recently launched the Hilton London Bankside. His recent acquisitions are the New Ellington and the Mercure Bristol Bristow Hotel.
By being innovative and forward-thinking, he is good at identifying business opportunities. He is the founding joint partner of the Sussex Healthcare. Since its formation in 1985, it has 18 Care Homes with over 500 beds. All this is attributed to Shiraz’s visionary leadership skills. The group offers excellent and sufficient support for the elderly and people with physical, mental and learning disabilities.
The visionary leader also uses his resources and time to various charitable initiatives. He supports the UK’s Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan Development Network globally. He has also worked closely with the Arbitration Board, National Council and the Resource Development Convener for the National Conciliation and the Aga Khan University.
Shiraz has received several awards over the years. His recent milestone is the recognition by the Asian Business awards in 2016 that gave him the award of the Hotelier of the Year. This prestigious award reflects his exceptional leadership skills and exploits in the hospitality industry. While receiving the award, Shiraz said that he is proud to be part of Splendid’s success story. He also acknowledged the role of his family in his achievements. This award is run by marketing Group(AMG) and Asian Media. The event was attended by star-studded guests like Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq, Sky News presenter, Preeya Kalidas and Jannat Jalil.