John Cole


John brings with him over 17 years of experience from the hospitality industry with leading development organisations and service operators in a variety of countries. More recently with the Tourism Development Investment Company (TDIC) in Abu Dhabi. Leading successful delivery and high quality customer service operations of landmark hotels such as St Regis Saadiyat Island, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa and Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort as well as other numerous commercial properties within the Emirate. John has successful premium experience with destination management projects such as Sir Bani Yas Island and Saadiyat Island. John played a key role in the development of the tourism strategy and commercial growth working with numerous government departments to ensure the smooth and organised growth within the vision of Abu Dhabi’s master plan.

From Dubai John worked for Leisure Corp, part of Dubai World as the companies International Operations Manager –  coupling and developing destination leisure, sports and residential models complimented with developing high quality customer service journeys around the world with leading projects in Scotland, South Africa and Dubai.

Current Role

As the Executive Director John leads all of the Link ME Advisory contracted business and is responsible for the operations and deliverables of Link ME to its current clients.  As part of the executive committee John ensures with the founders of Link ME that the vision of the company to become the world’s leading hospitality and human development advisory solution provider is met and continuously improved.

Educational Background

Graduating from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management and Human and Organisational Dynamics in Problem Solving from Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, John’s, now intrinsic hospitality experience with global operators and respected master developers has allowed him to contribute to the success of various high end tourism destinations.

Professional Affiliations

John was the proud winner of the Olive Barnet Award in 2004. The world renowned prestigious award is of the highest honours that is awarded an employee under the age of 30 within the UK hospitality industry.

John is also a qualified member of the Hotel Asset Managers Association. HAMA is an association of professional individuals who are dedicated to the enhancement of hotel and hospitality asset values. Our business is to provide intense semi-annual forums and industry communications to fulfil the purpose of the organization. HAMA promotes ethical standards of conduct and mutual respect among members and the hospitality industry. Our membership roster includes representation from insurance companies, individual owners, REITS, Wall Street players, national pension funds and pension fund advisors—all dedicated to the hospitality industry.