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Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, England

  • Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane, Dogmersfield, Hampshire RG27 8TD, England
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Charlie Parker

General Manager

“Properties like Hampshire offer the opportunity to go beyond being hospitable into being a host. As a manager, that’s very exciting.”

Four Seasons Tenure

  • Since 1996
  • First Four Seasons Assignment: Administrative Assistant to Regional Vice President, Four Seasons Hotel London

Employment History

  • Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh; Four Seasons Hotel Doha; Four Seasons Hotel London; Four Seasons Explorer, Maldives; Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa; Four Seasons Hotel London; Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas; Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach; Four Seasons Hotel London

Birthplace

  • Edinburgh, Scotland

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management, Michigan State University and University of Surrey

Languages Spoken

  • English

Like the weather in rural England, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is always changing. “We switch hats twice a week,” explains Charlie Parker, who joined the country house hotel as General Manager in January 2011. During the week, business travellers favour the Georgian manor for flawless meetings steeped in rural charm. On the weekend, escapees from London arrive for adventurous pursuits across 500 acres (202 hectares) of land. “Sometimes we may well be marketing both aspects to the same guest. The challenge is to come across as a place of leisure while appearing business-like.”

The dual focus makes good use of Parker’s wide-ranging skill set – arguably among the widest in Four Seasons. Since joining as an intern in London in 1996, he has seen work at city hotels, beach hotels, island resorts and o’er the bounding main as Cruise Director of Four Seasons Explorer, Maldives. That year-long gig found him cruising the 1,200-island nation to remote destinations offering diving sites, indigenous culture and welcoming hospitality. Even before the vessel was launched, Parker was on scouting trips to islands that hadn’t seen visitors in years. “The role wasn’t on the traditional Four Seasons career path, but I really got a lot out of it by being creative and thinking strategically,” he says. “Besides, all I ever had to wear were swim shorts and polo shirts.”

Parker was destined for the hotel industry, following in the footsteps of his father whose career took the family to Germany, Belgium and the UK. Aside from his time on Explorer, Parker has always focused on rooms and enjoys the functionality of the division. “From a product standpoint, food & beverage can be more exhilarating. But at the end of the day, the room is often what pulls guests into a hotel, and friendliness and cleanliness are what keep them there.”

Active, athletic and still in his 30s, Parker fell hard for tennis, golf and water sports during his four years as Resort Manager at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh. Now he plans to add Hampshire’s equestrian sports and clay pigeon shooting to the mix. “Resort properties like this are what I’m into,” he says, contentedly. “What would I do with myself in a place like Paris? Drink wine and wait for the English rugby team to come to town, I guess!”

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