Les Roches Governance

Les Roches Governance

Our Mission – Hospitality Management Degrees for Global Careers

“Les Roches Marbella, International School of Hotel Management in Spain, is committed to providing our students with the highest quality education for their personal, intellectual and professional development, empowering them to succeed in management careers in today’s dynamic world of international hospitality and business.”

Carlos Díez de la Lastra, CEO / General Director Les Roches Marbella

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management is a private, for-profit institution and as such, satisfying our customers is our main objective. Within this perspective, we have developed three missions:

Les Roches Overarching Mission

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management prepares students who are committed to an international career in the hospitality and service industries for success. Its model hospitality education programs balance theory with practice, independent learning with strong faculty support and mentorship, providing a solid foundation for lifelong learning. Guided by its mission, Les Roches ensures that students acquire personal and professional skills for immediate employment and progression into leadership positions in the industry. Through its global network of campuses and educational sites, the Les Roches model of education consistently complies with high academic standards and integrated resources to grant accessibility to hospitality education throughout the world.


The values that guide the Les Roches Communities worldwide working toward a common vision are:

  • To practice and teach the Swiss work ethos
  • To demonstrate understanding and respect for cultural differences
  • To develop leadership, teamwork and entrepreneurship
  • To foster a global perspective
  • To act with integrity
  • To engage with industry and educational partners
  • To act responsibly in the development of a sustainable environment

Campus Mission

Les Roches Marbella, International School of Hotel Management in Spain, is committed to providing our students with the highest quality education for their personal, intellectual and professional development empowering them to succeed in management careers in today’s dynamic world of international hospitality and business.

  • To be a leader in hospitality management.
  • To be the educational partner of choice for the international hospitality industry.
  • To continue being a progressive, innovative and successful educational institution.

Defining the distinctive character of Les Roches Marbella and reflecting our Vision, Values and Mission are the Institutional Purposes:

  • To educate and train people from diverse educational and professional backgrounds, to become competent Hospitality Managers in the 21st century hotel management.
  • To ensure that our students become academically and practically competent, professional, efficient and flexible in order to be creative and productive managers.
  • To instill in students an attitude of reflection and self-evaluation that will support their future academic aspirations and intellectual growth.
  • To seek to develop individuals who have the ability to become effective members of a management team as soon as they enter the working world. To this end, the School provides work experience during the period of study and regularly involves the industry in the delivery and review of the curriculum.
  • To inculcate in graduates a spirit of service coupled with a willingness and ability to be an active part of society's future development.

General Education Program Mission

The general education program embodies Les Roches’ vision of an educated hospitality graduate. Graduates will understand the world they live in and seek to contribute to society; they will appreciate the humanities and the arts and develop their awareness of how science aids our understanding of our lives and our environment. General education at Les Roches includes not only specific general education courses, but also a set of common skills embedded in courses throughout the curriculum and in internships and experiences gained in the implicit curriculum in campus events and activities. Providing knowledge, skills, experiences, and understanding, the general education program offers an educational foundation that assists graduates to reach senior positions in the hospitality sector.

The mission is to broaden students’ understanding of the arts, sciences, and social sciences and to support the development of individual common skills that enable students to perform effectively in their future careers and to function confidently as members of contemporary society.


School Management & Administration

CEO / General Director Carlos Díez de la Lastra
Academic Director  María José Aparicio
Director of Student Services & Operations J. Emmanuel Soler
Marketing & Enrolment Director Makrina Hernandez
Human Resources Manager Almike Orúe-Echevarria  
IT Manager Juan Luis Velasco
Finance Manager Andres Cardenas
Marketing Manager Lorena López
Institutional Development & Public Relations Manager  Patricia Rodiles Martínez
Student Affairs Manager Mariana Macri
Regional Enrolment Manager Maria Victoria Espinosa
Regional Enrolment Officer Virginie Martin
Regional Enrolment Officer Viktorria Sobishchanska
Career Development Department Veronica Paredes & Silke Busche
Academics Officer Mª Angeles Arena


The Governing Board’s objective is to review the school’s mission, assure quality and integrity, review major changes in the curriculum, endorse strategic planning, monitor financial data and assess the CEO's performance.

The Governing Board meets between 3 and 4 times per year and is composed of an independent chairperson, representatives from Gesthotel, as well as independent lawyers and Chief Executive Officers.

Francis Clivaz 
Presidence and Chair, Les Roches Founder

Claudio E. Casanova 
Manager, President and Chair Grand-Hôtel du Golf & Palace, Crans-Montana

Mr. Bernard Dêtienne
Lawyer,  Sion, Switzerland

​Mrs. Stephanie Furlough-Morris 
Chied Financial Officer Sommet Education



This panel is a consultative industry panel or forum and is comprised of leading decision-makers from top international hotel chains. They meet once a year and their role is to ensure that our industry curriculum reflects the latest trends in the field.

Our panel includes:

  • Accor
  • Four Seasons
  • Hilton
  • Hyatt International
  • InterContinental
  • Kempinski
  • Le Méridien
  • Ritz Carlton
  • Radisson SAS



Les Roches is committed to quality standards within its main campus, Bluche as well as its branch campuses in China, Jordan, Spain and the Additional Instructional Location in the Philippines.

The Quality Assurance Advisory Panel (QAAP) is responsible for overseeing the quality and standards of the institution’s academic coursework for both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

The QAAP reports to the Academic Committee on matters relating to the standards of taught programs, their quality and the academic environment in which they operate. The Panel ensures compliance with NEASC requirements reinforcing the student learning experience.


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