Shiraz Boghani was born in Kenya, but moved to the UK in 1969 to begin working as an accountant in a small firm. Eventually, he moved to Thomson McLintock & Co and quickly established himself as an innovative and forward-thinking businessman. His ability to see growth and development opportunities in business has led him across businesses and he has touched both the hospitality and the health care communities in a profound way.
Mr. Boghani is a founding joint partner of Sussex Health Care, founded in 1985 and is today comprised of 18 care facilities and more than 500 beds. He is also a founding partner of Sojurn Hotels LLP, and its Chairman. He is Managing Partner and Director of Splendid Hotels Group, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in both England and Wales. He has a total of 30 years in the hospitality business, and notably helped develop limited service hotel brands in London in the 1990’s.
Mr. Boghani’s work with the Splendid Hotels Group, which has an impressive portfolio of over 19 hotels including the 5-Star Conrad London St James and the 5-Star Grand Hotel and Spa in York, earned him the Hotelier of the Year Award at the Asian Business Awards in 2016. This prestigious award is given to the best of the best in the hotel industry, and he was praised by Stuart Bailey, CEO of Splendid Hospitality Group for exceptional hard work, dedication and inspiration he provided to his team. He continues to grow the hotel industry with new acquisitions including New Ellington in Leeds and Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel.
In addition to being an award winning hotelier and entrepreneur, Shiraz Boghani also demonstrates a strong commitment to giving back to his community and is heavily involved in numerous charitable organisations. He holds senior positions within the Ismaili Community, which is part of the Shia branch of Islam. Charity and giving back to the community is of great importance to Mr. Boghani, who serves with Aga Khan University, and is a member of the National Council. He is also Chairman of the National Conciliation and Arbitration Board, which handles international cases and appeals for disputes among Ismaili Muslims.