Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
- Block Ha My Dong B, Dien Duong Ward, Dien Ban Town, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Four Seasons Tenure
- Since 2016
- First Four Seasons Assignment: Current
- The Nam Hai, General Hotel Management; La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa – MGallery by Sofitel, Hue, Vietnam; Life Heritage Resort Hoi An, Vietnam; The InterContinental Doha; Evason Ana Mandara, Six Senses Resorts & Spa, Nha Trang, Vietnam; One&Only Kanuhura, Maldives; Maimaison, Newcastle upon Tyne, England; Columbus Hotel Monte-Carlo, Monaco
- Newcastle upon Tyne, England
- HCIMA in Hospitality, Newcastle College, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
A county rugby captain up to the age of 19, Anthony Gill has always faced every new adventure head-on and never shirked from a challenge. Largely inspired by his father – who, as one of 13 children, grew up with very little but still made a success of his life – Gill has long based his approach on hard work, high standards and unswerving respect.
Even before he was old enough to buy a beer in his native Newcastle upon Tyne – recently named the UK’s most entrepreneurial city – he was spending nights as a glass collector, carrying towers of pint pots through crowds of revellers. Lured by the industry’s hands-on approach, he took a foundation course in hospitality management aged 17 and was soon on a fast-track internship, finishing in the top two percent of his class.
His flair for communications, guest experience and mixology took him from Monte Carlo to the Maldives, before landing him in Ho Chi Minh City in 2005. “I remember coming out of the airport and being hit by the heat and the amazing jaw-dropping chaos,” he recalls. “It was such a buzz.”
Gill headed three Vietnamese hotels prior to joining The Nam Hai in 2012, where he set about creating one of Asia’s best employee experiences. Today, 98 percent of the 620-strong team hail from the local area and the Resort has the region’s lowest employee turnover. Equality is celebrated across all departments, cultures and abilities, and Gill likes nothing more than helping individuals unlock their inner talents. “I am very honest and not afraid to show my emotions,” he explains, “which encourages others to be open and follow their own heart in return.”
Away from the Resort, Gill’s own heart belongs firmly to his fiancée and three sons. He also enjoys relaxing with friends, trying new local restaurants, and getting lost in good music with a single malt whisky. But the next challenge is never too far from his mind: “I climbed Mount Meru in 2018 and am now preparing for Everest Base Camp,” he says, as ever epitomising The Toon mentality (a reference to his hometown's nickname) at its focused, self-driven best.