Chairman, Bench Events
Board Director, STR
Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events, is one of the founders and co-organisers of leading conferences for the hotel investment industry in Berlin (IHIF), Dubai (AHIC), Moscow & Sochi (RHIC), Istanbul (CATHIC), Addis Ababa & Nairobi (AHIF), Casablanca (MTIF), London (BHTS), Madrid (MR&H) and the recently launched Global Restaurant Investment Forum in Dubai.
Jonathan sits as a shareholder and board director of STR Global, a global benchmarking company with some 50,000 participating hotels following the merger of The Bench, Smith Travel Research and Deloitte’s Hotel Benchmark. Prior to The Bench, Jonathan worked for real estate consultants CBRE & Hotel Partners, hotel advisors PKF and hotel operators Forte & Holiday Inns. He also sits on the board of Hotel Swaps which allows participating members to swap empty hotel rooms with other members around the globe.
Jonathan and his colleagues have been involved in raising money for various causes including the Kenyan Red Cross and the anti-poaching efforts of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. More recently, considerable funds have been raised for TUSK, Cancer Research and the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation by participating in the Kili Madness challenge and breaking the World Record for the highest game of cricket ever played on top of Kilimanjaro as shown on www.mtkilimadness.com. Jonathan also sits as a trustee of Future Talent, a charity to provide financial support to gifted young musicians who need financial assistance to pursue their dreams and talent.