Richard Johal, director of the St James Hotel in Nottingham, will be joining the board of directors of the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID).
Richard is joining the board to represent the interests of the BID’s hotel members, replacing Tom Waldron Lynch following his relocation to a business outside the BID area.
The Nottingham BID organises a range of initiatives for its members, which includes businesses in the retail, leisure, office and education sectors, within a defined area of Nottingham city centre.
New director Richard, as well as being a director of the St James Hotel, located on Rutland Street, is also chairman of the Nottingham Hospitality Association (formerly the Nottingham Hoteliers Association), a position he has held for the past two years.
Born in Nottingham, after completing an economics degree in Manchester, Richard had a brief spell in private banking before joining the family business, which has various hotel, conferencing and commercial property interests in Nottingham. He has spent over three years as general manager of the hotel, leading on its rebranding from Rutland Square Hotel to St James Hotel, as well as being a director of the hotel and his family’s other businesses.
Speaking about becoming a director for the BID, Richard said: “I am really pleased to be joining the board. I am passionate about Nottingham and keen to play my part in helping the city flourish. I’m looking forward to getting involved and taking an active role within the Nottingham BID so that I can put something back into the city.”
Jeff Allen, chairman of the Nottingham BID, commented: “It is great news that Richard is joining the board. As the director of a hotel in the city centre and chairman of the Nottingham Hospitality Association, he brings a wealth of relevant experience. This will ensure the hotel sector is properly represented and their needs considered while planning the next three years of BID activities.”