Rory has a 1st Class BA Honours Degree in Hospitality and Tourism from Birmingham University. His career started in tailor-made travel, working as a longhaul travel specialist for one of the UK’s leading companies offering bespoke trips. He then moved to hotel management and spent 10 years working in upmarket hotels and golf resorts in the UK and USA. During this time, Rory gained valuable corporate experience coordinating the acquisition of 130 Le Meridian hotels, as well as improving processes and service levels across a portfolio of Sheraton hotels. By 2011, he had become Manager of a 600-bedroom hotel for Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts.
In 2012, Rory decided it was time to combine his passion for Africa with his experience of luxury travel and hospitality. This led to his partnership with his friend Julian Carter-Manning, and the foundation of Yellow Zebra.