Whittaker 300The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP), the not-for-profit trade body for the serviced apartment sector, has announced that Richard Whittaker, Director of Supplier Management (EMEA) at Oakwood Worldwide, has been appointed as its new Chairman.

Mr Whittaker has held the position of Deputy Chairman of the Association since September 2016 and took over as Chairman on February 16, succeeding Don James, Managing Director of Berkshire Rooms, who has held the position for the last 2 years.

James Foice, Chief Executive of the ASAP, said he is delighted to welcome Mr Whittaker as the new Chairman of the Association. “Richard’s passion for our serviced apartment sector along with his very considerable experience, having held senior positions in the industry for the last 17 years, will be a tremendous asset to the ASAP,” said Mr Foice.

“He has been a very strong advocate of the Association since he first joined the industry and has been actively involved since being elected to our Steering Committee in 2015. Richard’s leadership will be particularly instrumental to the Association at this time as we continue our global expansion, with the further rollout of our Quality Accreditation Programme internationally.”

“I would also like to pay tribute to Don James for the fantastic contribution which Don has made as ASAP Chairman over the last two years. We are enormously indebted to Don whose leadership and vision has enabled the Association to expand significantly and consolidate our position as the voice of the serviced apartment industry.”

Incoming ASAP Chairman, Mr Whittaker of Oakwood Worldwide, said: “I am honoured to be taking over as Chairman of the ASAP and very much look forward to continuing Don’s excellent work by driving forward  the further growth of the Association and in particular expanding our ASAP Quality Accreditation programme to new overseas markets. We also have exciting plans to extend our global reach by partnering with other trade associations to strengthen awareness of our sector internationally.”