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All in a Day’s Work Debrah Dhugga
Debrah Dhugga, managing director, Dukes London

Bio for Debrah Dhugga

Debrah Dhugga is responsible for all operations at the century-old, 5-star Dukes London hotel, reporting directly to the hotel’s owner, Seven Tides in Dubai.

Prior to joining Dukes London, she was director of retail and spa at ghd, a Leeds, U.K.-based beauty brand.

Previously, Dhugga spent four-and-a-half years as CEO of Tom’s Companies, a Durham, U.K.-based hotel and restaurant and spa group with holdings including The Samling and Seaham Hall hotels. There she oversaw a staff of more than 200, including the Tom’s Companies executive management team.

Much of Dhugga’s experience on the way up was in sales and marketing, including positions as director of sales at Malmaison Hotels and area sales director of the Thistle hotel group. She got her start in 1981 with Swallow Hotels, where she worked as a trainee and assistant manager, spending most of her time in the front of the house.

Dhugga holds a fellowship with the Institute of Hospitality and is a member of the Institute of Directors, the Spa Association Advisory Board and Business Women Leaders.

Born and raised in Northumberland, Dhugga is married with two children and counts skiing, horseback riding, mentoring young people in the hospitality industry and contemporary hotels among her interests.