Who we are, what we do and the people behind the scenes
Dinesh Dhamija is a pivotal part of thesqua.re team. Sitting on the board as our Board Advisor, his insights and experience play a huge part in our growth.
Having graduated with an MA in Law from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, Dinesh has had a varied and hugely successful career.
He founded Flightbookers in 1983, which grew to become the 10th largest leisure agent in the UK and employed 235 people. Additionally, he increased Flightbookers' focus on eCommerce, helping grow revenue from $23 million to $1 Billion in 2004. In 2005, Dinesh IPOed Flightbookers and Ebookers on the NASDAQ at a valuation exceeding £200m. He then went on to make 11 corporate acquisitions in Europe in seven months.
Currently he is part of Active Angel VC, a property investor in the UK and serves as the president of TIE, UK.
Moving between cities for business, I always felt that something was missing in the apartments where I stayed. Whether it was comfort, technology, decor or community events to help globally mobile citizens in a similar situation to myself settle into a new city: that is why we created thesqua.re.
At thesqua.re, we are constantly striving to execute innovative ideas to ensure we provide guests with more than just a serviced apartment- we offer guests with all the necessary tools to help them settle into their new city.
Our online and offline community, world-class services and practical advice about new surroundings ensure that our guests are able to acclimate to their new city. We are focused on providing outstanding guest experience that extends far beyond an apartment.
I have lived in various big cities throughout my career - After completing my Bachelors in Computer Science and Philosophy in Ohio, I did my Master's in Finance at London Business School. Being a geek, over the years I have attended several courses in real estate/tech/finance/marketing - including Structured Finance at New York University, Investment Management at London Business School and Value Investing at Columbia Business School.
Before launching thesqua.re, I worked at Morgan Stanley in NYC and later at Citigroup in London as a Vice President trading structured credit and mortgage backed securities.
Joining the team in 2017, Dynshaw Italia is the Financial Advisor of thesqua.re. With over 20 years experience in a variety of management and board roles, he’s helped to develop a whole range of exceptional brands.
Joining the team in 2017, Dynshaw Italia is our Director of Finance. With over 20 years experience in working and developing fast growing brands, Dynshaw has a wealth of management and board experience covering a number of roles.
Since he started his career in 1993, Dynshaw has held Group CFO positions at the likes of Lebara, Cobra Beer and ebookers. His previous roles include Chief Finance Officer at Blue Water Bio (Raised £25m from P/E and Hedge Funds), Group Chief Financial Officer at Lebara Mobile (EUR 1.3 billion of revenue, Raised Eur 70m of Debt), Group CFO & COO Cobra beer (Raised over £50m and partial exit to Molson Coors via a Joint Venture).
At ebookers, Dynshaw was pivotal in floating the company on NASDAQ, Neuer Market in Germany and the London Stock Exchange. ebookers became the largest online travel agency in Europe with over 2,000 employees and revenues of over US$1.5bn. Additionally, Dynshaw played an important role in making 15 acquisitions in Europe including negotiating the deals and carrying out the due diligence.
Giles Walker joined thesqua.re group in November 2017 as the Director of Supply Chain. With over 25 years in the hospitality industry, Giles Walker has worked for several high profile companies throughout his distinguished career.
Giles Walker has consistently performed at a high level in every position he has held. Operating with professionalism, dedication and a personable approach, Giles Walker added expertise has helped grow thesqua.re network.
Giles enjoys his commute into the London office on his 1300cc motorbike and was once Joan Collins’ bodyguard for one night on the The F word, a television cooking show hosted by eminent chef Gordon Ramsay.
Managing the 24/7 Global Reservation team for corporate and leisure. Responsible for ensuring that all operations run smoothly and efficiently,implementing new systems and procedures. Providing a fit quality and customer focused service delivered in a timely manner to our global guest
In the last 5 years I worked in the Customer Experience department for a luxury fashion brand where I led a 24/7 global team of up to 50 people. I was accountable for ensuring service excellence was provided to all our customers and achieved a revenue of 2M in sales and achieving high standard KPIs through a multi channel call centers.
I love travelling and the best journey of my life was in Peru where I reached Machu Picchu site.
Tim is the Senior Sales Manager (EMEA) at the London office, heading the sales and account management team, specialising in increasing revenue and motivating account management and sales personnel in achieving their targets.
Tim started out in the events and entertainment industry for 7 years in Miami, working with the likes of NBA, NFL and Orange Bowl putting together the biggest events in the city. After that he relocated to London, and had the opportunity to open Staybridge Suites in Stratford for the London 2012 Olympics, afterwards jumping into the sales department following success with corporate clients. Opening the Vauxhall suite later, this remains one of his proudest moments because he was instrumental in creating the sales culture along with building the relationships with corporate clients - whilst being awarded Sales Person of the Year by IHG.
After that he was Director of Sales at Crowne Plaza, learning about conferences and events, before heading to Oakwood as their Business Development Manager and then landing with us at thesqua.re - where he hopes to take his knowledge and expertise further.
As a child, he was scouted by major football teams like Chelsea, Arsenal and Charlton.
My goal is to sell our brand within the NYC market and help create that "buzz". I'm responsible for generating new business to meet revenue goals. I specialize in various verticals to meet these expectations such as United Nations, Film & Entertainment, Medical, Technology just a few to name.
I've been in the serviced apartment industry for over 10 years. I enjoy helping my clients find their "home away from home". I've been successful in building a brand within the NYC market and have a passion for finding new business as well as keeping long term relationships.
I had the exciting experience of being a guest star on the TV reality show "Jerseylicious" about a local hair salon. It was very short lived but so much fun being a part of it and to see the amount of work that went into filming for just an hour show.
My responsibility lies in sourcing, qualifying and managing corporate clients with their business accommodation and relocation requirements. My first concern is my relationship with my clients, I’m always striving to build successful and strong relationships, offering constant support and communication with our fantastic corporate, reservation and guest services teams.
I have extensive experience in managing the functions of Sales & Marketing with consistent record of delivering results in growth, account relationships and profitability. I have nearly 10 years of diverse experience in key accounts, general trade, marketing activities, and channel sales.
Passionate about cooking and cricket. Love to cook for friends.
Responsible for the day-to-running of Account Management functions; making sure that our clients always receive the best possible service
I studied tourism management in Greece. Since I moved to London I work in hospitality industry, and more specific in serviced apartments industry.
My motivation to learn English when I was a kid, were the Backstreet Boys! I can't wait to see their live performance this year for first time.
As a Business Development Manager, I identify new business opportunities, including new markets, growth areas, trends & customers. Manage corporate's across different industries developing a long lasting relationship with the appropriate contacts in an organisation to maximise ROI while creating long-term value.
Graduated with a BA in Business with Marketing. I have over 10 years experience within Sales. I have worked for Marriott, Millennium Hotels, Grange Hotels Head office and Marcus Evans.
I paint and I sketch in my spare time.
My responsibility lies in serving as the point of contact for all account management matters and building and maintain strong, long-lasting client relationships. I’m always striving to maintain successful and strong relationships, offering constant support and communication with our fantastic corporate, reservation and guest services teams.
I finished college studies and went straight into working in the hospitality industry and stumbled across the serviced apartments industry. Prior to working with serviced apartments, l didn’t know the value and need for an accommodation that felt like home especially for business travellers. Once identifying these needs, l knew l wanted to explore this further and TheSqua.re has provided me a great opportunity to do so.
I have a food page where I explore different London restaurants and write reviews on them for my own personal pleasure.
Cataraina is one of our supply chain specialists, and introduces TheSqua.re to different providers to bring them on board with us & increase the amount of suppliers to ensure that we have global reach. Currently mainly focusing in London and Europe.
Catarina has a long history of the travel & tourism industry, she has worked in many departments which has given her great knowledge of how important & effective team work is. She has positive energy everyday which is definitively contagious and spreads to whoever is around her.
Despite loving the travel & tourism industry & having many passions; my real dream is to become a singer & be able to help others through relatable music .
I'm an amazing rapper. Just give me a beat!
As the other leader of our Reservations team, Rachel manages our team of business travel consultants for our international destinations other than London, driving operational service with the aim of surpassing clients' expectations. Rachel also works on building and maintaining client and supplier relationships, strengthening and forging relationships with suppliers and assisting the sales team with the acquisition of new business.
Having worked in the travel industry for over 15 years, I pride myself on being 'the holiday expert' and have a wealth of experience and expertise in both the leisure and business travel markets. I have had the opportunity to work with Carlson Wagonlit Travel, FCM Travels and Travel Corporation in Sydney, followed by one year of travel in New Zealand where I was working with Orbit Travel.
I love breakfast! During the weekends I always make an effort to get up early and create a delicious breakfast
Aleksandra manages reservations for thesqua.re's network properties located in UK. Additionally, Aleksandra also assists in growing thesqua.re's network of suppliers in high demand locations across the world.
I enjoy spending time outdoors in nature- the beach is my favourite place.
Yucira joined in December 2018 as a reservations coordinator. Yucira is primarily tasked with working closely with our guests during the reservation process.
I have worked in the serviced apartment industry for a number of years, where I have gained enough confidence and knowledge to respond to enquiries quickly and efficiently.
Travelling, drinking and weekends are the best part about living.
I love musical theaters and I try to go to see at least one per month. My favorite is Wicked-which I have seen 21 times and still counting. Also I have a snowball with Glinda's picture on my desk which inspires me to spread happiness.
Antonino works alongside both the maintenance and operations team to ensure that all of thesqua.re's portfolio of serviced apartments are maintained to exceptionally high standards.
I grew up in a town in Sicily where we had a close-knit community. I made the decision to move to London so that I could work here and also improve my English. I worked for 2 years at a coffee shop where i enjoyed interacting with customers. This prompted my interest in work in Guest Serivces. After a couple of months in Guest Services, I moved into the property department. Moving to London is one of the best decisions I have made.
I like to play the piano and I stop just when my neighbour comes to knock on the door.
As a Guest Service Associate, Anam greets guests upon their arrival. Additionally, Anam promptly responds to guest enquiries, and handles their requests for a comfortable stay.
Previously, I have worked with renowned international companies in customer services or guest services departments.
I'm a clasically trained opera singer who has sung at the Royal Albert Hall.
Cristina's job is to ensure that all London managed apartments are decorated to the highest standards. Working closely with the Operations team, Cristina has an eye for detail which ensures all apartments feel like home.
I am currently studying Politics & International Studies at university. I like to make people happy and in my job I can ensure that all guests are comfortablie and enjoy a quality stay.
I'm a bit of a shopaholic.
With a background in property management, Ricardo Frajuca has worked in the serviced apartment industry for almost ten years in guest services and operations.
As Operations Manager, Ricardo Frajuca has brought an impeccably high level of customer service to thesqua.re team to further improve guest experience. Moreover, Ricardo Frajuca has assisted in the development of technological innovatons, with this fresh approach bringing guest experience to a new level.
I studied law in Brazil and have been working with hospitality since 2004, working in hotels as front of the house and hotel manager.
Mike is part of our guest services team and deals with every day issues and requests to make sure that all guests are having a comfortable time during the stay. He also assists with meeting and greeting the clients.
I have basically been in the serviced apartments industry for as long as I remember - more than 15 years now working within guest services.
I am a part time film extra
Adriana handles the coordinating of our Guest Services Associates, to ensure all apartments are checked before guest arrival, and guests are met on time.The role also involves promptly responding to guest enquiries, and handling their enquiries for a comfortable stay.
Originally from a small town in Latvia, I am currently studying Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation in London. As a big lover of food, I spend most of my time experimenting in a kitchen, and will in the future open a fine foods restaurant. In the meantime I am frequently travelling to see the corners of the world, and eating all the delights it may offer.
I like surprising my boyfriend with strange and crazy Latvian foods that scare and confuse him.
I joined thesqua.re after completing Integrated M. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in Mathematics and Computing.
Everyone tells me that I have an incredible sense of humour - not sure if it's a compliment or not!
Elliott is our Marketing Executive based in the London office. Joining the company in early 2017, Elliott’s role extends across both digital and content marketing.Elliott has an MA in English Literature, but has worked in marketing throughout his career. In previous positions, Elliott has worked on several projects with Google.
I used to live on a northern Scottish Island with only 500 residents.
William is part of the marketing team, specialising in content creation and copywriting. He is responsible for content online and offline as well as the social media channels. From blogs, areas guides, eBooks, emails and so much more, he crafts the very tone and mission of thesqua.re.
Initially setting out to pursue a career in film making, he has now decided to focus on the age old industry of copywriting. Graduating from Southampton Solent University in 2011 with a BA in Screenwriting, he has completed a variety of internships in creative industries and worked with a variety of agencies and companies to strengthen their brands and content output, We are very excited to see what he'll be able to do for thesqua.re.
I have an identical twin brother who is ten minutes older than me.
After completing a degree in Tourism Management (back when it was a unique thing to do), I subsequently worked for both tour operators and a UK luxury hotel group for a number of years. I then decided to take my key account management and client service skills across a number of industries, including political reporting; public access wifi provision; renewable energy and online marketing. The latter role helped me hone my skills as a writer, giving me insight into SEO techniques, writing web copy and blogging.
I am a keen cook and make practically every family meal from scratch.
João is our Freelance Graphic Designer based in London. He has been with the company since 2017 and provides graphic design and photography work.
I have over 14 years experience in graphic design and photography working with a diverse range of businesses, varying from media, fashion, interior design, corporate and retail. I pride myself on being able to deliver a range of services such as; producing marketing collateral, taking product shots and designing user-friendly websites.
I really enjoy landscape photography and I am frequently seen carrying my photography kit and tripod! I take part in various art exhibitions where I exhibit and sell my photography prints.
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