Andy Townsend


Chief Executive Officer and Founding Director

With over 28 years of operational experience in the hospitality and leisure sector, after early career years with DeVere Hotels and Whitbread Lansbury Hotels, Andy is a former Divisional Managing Director of Barrett International Resorts, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts and previously Director of Food & Beverage with Hilton Group and formerly Stakis Hotels & Resorts.

In 2005, Andy co-founded Legacy Hotels & Resorts as a dedicated full service management company focused on the un-branded, 3 & 4 star hotel sectors with hotels throughout the UK & Southern Spain.

In September 2012, Legacy Hotels & Resorts created Branded Hotel Management (BHM) in a new joint venture partnership.

In early 2013, BHM were announced as the operator selected by Liverpool City Council to manage the 216 bedroom, four star headquarter hotel which opened in Q1 2016 as part of the development of the convention centre at the Echo Arena. This development in the North West brings the first ever, new build Pullman branded hotel into the UK. Also in the North West of England, BHM are the JV partner for the preferred operating company to develop and deliver a mixed use residential scheme on the Wirral to include a Jack Nicklaus championship golf course and a core brand, 90 guestroom, full service Marriott Hotel.

Under construction for opening in Q4 2017 – Legacy are developing a new build 115 guestroom Mercure Hotel with a Marco Pierre White Steak House in Bridgewater, Somerset which is the site of the new Hinckley Point Power Station

Andy is the independent non-executive director of a 200 bedroom hotel, exhibition and convention centre in Skopje, Macedonia and current Chairman for the British Hospitality Association – Heart of England.

Often Andy supports the recovery, turnaround of assets, Independent Business Reviews, Bank Monitoring and NED positions for various banks and stakeholders through the advisory business Andy co-owns, Hospitality Ventures Ltd (HVL).