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Philip Houghton


Chief Executive Officer



Philip’s entire working career has been in the hospitality sector, with a background in FTSE 100 companies including Whitbread, DSGI, Bass and Allied.

In January 2015 Philip joined Safestay plc as their new CEO. Safestay, the world’s first listed hostel company, is a premium hostel brand with properties in London and York. The company has ambitious plans to significantly expand its portfolio across Europe.

Immediately prior to the move, Philip had been a founding Director of Starboard Hotels, a private property and hospitality management company specialising in hotel and hostel development, ownership and operations.

Philip successfully led the business from start-up stage to an established and respected organisation within the hospitality sector.

Philip has a BA Honours Degree in Hotel and Catering Management, and an MBA. He is also the Chairperson of the Executive Board of the WYSE Travel Confederation.