Russell Kett is Chairman of the London office of HVS, having joined the firm in 1995. He was appointed managing director in 1996 and became chairman in 2012. He has 40 years’ specialist hotel consultancy, investment and real estate experience, focused on providing valuation, feasibility, shared ownership, property, brokerage, investment, asset management, strategy and related consultancy services, advising hotel, serviced apartments and hostel companies, banks, developers and investors on all aspects of their hospitality industry related interests, throughout the EMEA region. Russell is a frequent writer, moderator and speaker on the international hotel industry, especially topics relating to hotel valuation, investment, marketing and finance. Russell received a Lifetime Achievement Award from HOSPA, the hospitality professionals’ association, in 2011. He received the ‘Hall of Fame’ Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hot.E hotel investment conference in London in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and a member of the International Hotel Investment Council.