JESSICA GRANT SLOYAN
Jessica is the Director of Spa & Wellness at Lucknam Park Hotel and Estate, and her 20-year career includes leadership roles in renowned 5-star hotels in the UK and Southeast Asia.
Entering the spa and wellness industry as a personal trainer, Jessica later trained as a therapist, quickly rising to a management position. In 2014, Jessica and her team opened the first hotel in the UK with thermal waters, The Gainsborough Bath Spa, awarded Best Spa in the World by Tatler in 2016.
In 2019 Jessica was offered to lead Whatley Manor’s spa, where she successfully navigated through the pandemic, managing to retain the original team even after the third lockdown. Through this challenging time, Jessica experienced first-hand the great support and invaluable resources the UKSPA Association offers spa operators. It was this support that made Jessica hope to one day join the board, putting her experience and skillset at the service of others in the industry.
Jessica joined Lucknam Park in 2021, doubling the team's size within the first three months of her tenure and taking the spa through operational changes, including innovative sustainability practices and new concept implementation.
Jessica is passionate about education and developing others. Alongside her team at Lucknam Park, she works closely with local colleges to offer employment opportunities and career advice, helping to futureproof the spa industry.
While raising two children and working full time, Jessica obtained a business degree followed by a master’s in psychology, with further qualifications in nutrition, mindfulness and hypnotherapy.
As an active yogi and mindfulness advocate, Jessica brings such practices to the workplace, fostering love and compassion amongst staff, and promoting the importance of the therapeutic relationship between therapist and guest.