Big welcome for hotel’s new boss

Drinks reception and dinner greets Hyatt Regency general manager

VIP guests turned out to welcome the new general manager of Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Mohammad Labban. A drinks reception was followed by a five-course dinner prepared by head chef Liam Crotty in the hotel’s signature restaurant, Aria. Originally, from Beirut, Lebanon, Mohammad – whose wife Sam studied at the University of Birmingham – has spent 22 years leading some of the most luxury Hyatt hotels in Asia. Most recently he opened the Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla Resort on the Red Sea coast of Jordan.


1 Sam Labban, Lady Mayoress, Lord Mayor and Mohammad Labban

2 Gary Newborn, Anita Champeneri

3 Joanne Barrows, Elaine Weir

5 Michael Heaven, Jemma Crowther, Sam Labban

6 Richard Vickery, Sam Watts

7 Sheila Kelly-Trow, Liam Crotty

Photography by Jas Sansi