Speaker Profile

Sir Richard Hawkins Bt.

Regional Director Hotel Operations – Africa
Minor Hotels

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Sir Richard Hawkins is Director for the Minor Hotel Group in Africa, where he is responsible for driving the performance of Minor Hotels’ properties in sub-Sahara Africa and leading its team of professional managers. He is also tasked with growing the Group’s footprint on the African continent, spearheading its goal to grow from 25 hotels to 50 hotels in Africa within the next five years.

Before joining Minor Hotels in 2015, Hawkins fulfilled various roles within the Sun International hotel group, including being the Managing Executive for Sun City, and overseeing operations for the Royal Swazi Sun complex, the Botswana Sun international operations, the Kalahari Sands (now AVANI Windhoek Hotel & Casino) in Namibia, and the Fish River Sun.

Hawkins holds a B Comm Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand, a B Comm Hons from the University of South Africa, and is a CA (SA) specialising in Mining.