Andi Hirons

The Grand Hotel

Describe What You Do

I’m the People Director at The Grand Brighton, recent winner of the Cateys 2019  “Best Employer in Hospitality” award. Now in my 16th year at the iconic Brighton hotel, I am responsible for driving the hotel’s positive people culture and am at the forefront of developing employee engagement and retention initiatives. From progressing the hotel’s future leaders through academy training programmes to implementing company perk platforms, I’m passionate about creating an environment for continual development and recognition among The Grand team. 

Prior to joining The Grand Brighton as Deputy General Manager, I started mycareer in hospitality back in 1995 at Whitbread Hotels and has also held previous positions as Operations Manager and Food & Beverage Manager at Marriott International in various UK locations. 

I balance my time way from the hotel with my family and love of the outdoors, and can be found either exploring the country in our campervan, or as a dedicated community and charity fundraiser to causes close my heart, hiking some exceptionally long walks!

Why Have You Signed up to Be a Sand Mentor?

Investing in future talent is key to our success at The Grand and inspiring young people and providing opportunities to those who may not have thought about a career in hospitality is a key part of our people culture.

What Is Your Business/Work Ethos?

Building connections with our next generation employees, and allowing young people to experience a taste of what it’s like to work in the world of hospitality and guest service, and introducing them to careers they may never have considered is really important to me!