Shiraz Boghani is the Chairman of Splendid Hospitality Group. He has been highly involved with the hotel industry for over 30 years. And he is a recognized pioneer. During the 1990s, he became the first hotelier to introduce limited service branded hotels to London. One fairly recent work has been one of his most impressive: in 2016 he founded the luxurious and extremely stylish Hilton London Bankside. Other particularly notable hotels he has founded during his career have been The Conrad London St James, The Grand Hotel & Spa, York and Holiday Inn London – Wembley, New Ellington in Leeds and the Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel.
Boghani has led Splendid Hospitality to become of the fastest growing privately-owned businesses in the UK. Boghani was born and raised in Kenya. He moved to the UK in 1969 to begin his adult professional life. He immediately began training to be an accountant. He served an accounting firm in this capacity until his training was finalized. Afterward, he joined the Thomas McLintock & Co team. In 1985 he and several partners founded Sussex Health Care. At around the same time, he entered the hotel industry for the first time by co-founding Sojourn Hotels LLP.
Throughout the years he has remained fully committed to charitable giving and is an award-winning philanthropist. He considers his greatest work his work with Splendid. The organization currently has 20 hotels with an impressive combined total of 2000 bedrooms. It is supported by IHG, Choice, Accor, and Hilton. And Boghani has been a huge reason for all of this. He has become so revered for his many years of exemplary work in the hotel industry that in 2016 he was named “Hotelier of the Year” by the Asian Business Awards.
He is also highly involved in Ismali affairs, which is a branch of Shia of Islam. He has served in some of its senior positions for many years. He also serves as a member of the National Council at Aga Khan University.