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Saranat Thongparn, Assistant Chief Engineer, Anantara Hua Hin Resort

Grow With Us, features a monthly series of eight inspirational stories of team members and their career journeys with Minor Hotels so far.  

Our sixth story features Saranat Thongparn (Khun Ae), Assistant Chief Engineer, Anantara Hua Hin Resort. Khun Ae started as an administrative assistant in 2009, transferred to our Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort in 2012 in the same role before she got promoted to Engineering Operation Supervisor. In 2015 Khun Ae move back to the Anantara Hua Hin Resort as Assistant Chief Engineer.

Stay tuned for the next story in April…

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How can we ensure you meet your full potential?

To enable our next generation of leaders, Minor Hotels works to identify a number of our most talented individuals and empower them with high-impact career coaching, training and support in achieving individually determined objectives. See a brief overview of our three Leadership Journeys and stories from three recent participants:


Ascent is open to new hospitality management graduates. This journey fast tracks graduate to their preferred career destination. Following a 6-month rotation through all hotel departments at the Assistant Manager level, Ascent trainees spend another 12-months specializing in one department as an Assistant Department Head.


Endeavour aims to support the development of our internal high potential, high performing Heads of Department within the Minor Hotels team. After nomination by General Managers and a selection process, the Endeavour leaders grow with us on a journey of 9 months through a combination of on-the-job learning, coaching, peer learning in group sessions, leadership development and three projects focusing on customer service, a corporate social responsibility event and revenue maximization. A formal assessment of their growth takes place at the end of their journey and thereafter they are ready to move into their next role in their career.


Horizon is open to high performing, high potential leaders in number two roles in Minor hotels. After nomination by General Managers and a selection process, the participants embark on a custom-designed journey of 9 months following a road-map of growth merging learning via participation in special projects and leadership development supported by coaching and peer learning. In addition, Horizon leaders complete three projects on customer service, a sustainable corporate social responsibility partnership and revenue maximization.  A formal assessment of their growth takes place at the end of their journey and thereafter they are ready to take on the challenge of their next career step.

Leadership Journeys

  • Mohammad Jasim Uddin (Nirob)

    Ascent 2016 - 2017

    “The Ascent Graduate Program gives me the opportunity of meeting different peoples and making new friends every day. I have the opportunity to be coached by three different senior leaders and enjoyed rotating thru different departments during my first placement and eventually choose F&B as my specialism. I had the chance to meet the company’s top management and the session with them very much helped me to see the bigger picture and set my career goal."

    About Nirob:

    Joined Minor Hotels as an Ascent Programme Trainee in April 2016, following Bachelor’s Graduation from International University Of Business Agriculture and Technology.

  • Monnpapat Tudtanapun

    Endeavour 2016

    "I am excited about my future with Minor Hotels after graduating from the internal development programme called Endeavor. The opportunity to serve on a task force across new opening hotels within the company’s portfolios has given me a great chance to learn and understand different systems and cultures and to continuous grow."

    About Monn:

    Joined Minor Hotels in March 2004 as a waitress (trainee), grew over the years in different roles and eventually became Assistant Director of Revenue Management at our AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa in 2013.

  • Graeme Ure

    Horizon 2016

    “Horizon was a well-structured career advancement program that brought similar minded individuals together on a learning journey over a 9 month period. It allowed for engagement on a regular basis and key projects to be implemented. Networking was a crucial learning point and seeing that only through working with other people and successfully communicating with them can things be realized.”


    About Graeme:
    Joined Minor Hotels in 2013 in Dubai and continued his career with various properties such as several Anantara Resorts in Phuket, Koh Samui and Bangkok. In November 2015 he undertook pre-opening task force work at Anantara Kalutara Resort in Sri Lanka and is currently Executive Assistant Manager F&B at our Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara.