About Us

Meet The Team

An impressive portfolio. Even better people.

Our team has a successful track record at senior level in some of the country’s leading hotel brands including Hilton, Stakis, De Vere, Morethan and Thistle.


Barrie Dunn

Founder & Co-CEO

Barrie is one of the founding partners of thenhotels group, creating the company in 2007. Prior to that and together with Richard McKevitt, Barrie formed MoreThanhotels. They started the company and through strategic acquisition and construction of new builds they created a brand that owned and operated 12 Express by Holiday Inn Hotels. The business was sold in October 2007 for £120m returning more than £50m in shareholder value. Barrie’s experience also includes being a member of the senior executive team at Stakis/Hilton, helping the company’s 40 UK hotels generate a turnover of £400 million.


Chris Gillett


Chris Gillett joined the group in 2015 from Prima Hotels where he worked as Managing Director of their management contract division. Prior to joining Prima Hotels Chris has worked as Managing Director for Macdonald Managed Hotels and Managing Director of De Vere Hotels, as well as Chief Operating Officer for Thistle Hotels Ltd.


Greg Place

Strategic Planning Director

Specialist in creating and opening Hotels.
Experience of detailed planning and major project development from an operational logistical standpoint and from a customer experience position.
Good knowledge of resource management, budgets, people and process co-ordination.
Ability to create and communicate the visionary aspects of the development and bring them to life in every day experiences.

Career Highlights:
• Operations Director, Board position for Whitbread Hotels [operating 12 Marriott hotels in London]
• Opening General Manager for Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5
• Director of Development – Marriott Hotels[Whitbread Hotel Co.]

Jonathan Barker

Brand and Innovation Director

Skilled in identifying and designing all aspects of the customer experience. Brand management, Interior and Exterior Architecture, Concept Planning, Concept Studies & Design. Design Reviews/ Technical Services Development Strategy. Understands the importance of creating a clear brand strategy to support a clients marketing strategy and provide a platform for all the variety of brand expressions. Career Highlights: 25 years professional experience at a senior level working in consultancies, Peter Leonard Assoc., David Davies Assoc., Landor and BDG McColl where he left the position of Creative Director joining up with Greg Place to start Hotel Creations in 2012 before joining Then Hospitality in 2016