Published: 22 January 2024

Unilife’s Richard Powell to join SHTM as ‘Executive in Residence’ 

We are excited to announce that Richard Powell, Chief Operating Officer of Unilife, will be joining the University of Surrey’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM) as Executive-in-Residence (EIR) this spring. 

Our EIR programme contributes to the life of our students, academics, and leadership by informing relevant challenge-based education, bridging theory and practice, and emerging opportunities for impactful industry research. 

Richard has a two-decade career in hospitality and his passion for hospitality has guided him through various roles, from managing campsites in France, to overseeing operations as a General and Area Manager in the hotel industry and running luxury retirement villages. Each role shares a common theme of creating magical moments for guests, with passionate and empowered teams. He joined Unilife, providers of student accommodation, last year.   

Head of SHTM, Professor Iis Tussyadiah, says: “We are delighted to welcome Richard as EIR. He has an impressive hospitality background that is rich in strategic positions. Our EIR programme offers unique insight on timely business issues to support practice-based education, and provide mentoring and advice for students on career, business opportunities, and professional development. I look forward to Richard sharing his insider-perspectives of the sector, inspiring our community as well as challenging the way we think.”  

Speaking about his role, Richard says: “Spotlighting hospitality as a rewarding career path has always been a goal of mine, and there's immense joy in nurturing potential and witnessing individuals' growth and success. At Surrey University, I am keen to leverage my industry knowledge and passion for mentoring to inspire and guide the next generation of hospitality and business leaders. I look forward to an enriching and collaborative experience at Surrey University, contributing to the vibrant academic community.” 


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