Eighteen junior managers working in hotels across the UK have been awarded a place on the Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma.
The successful applicants from a range of establishments will now begin their studies on April 10 and will attend eight two-day sessions a 12-month period focusing on business management, business marketing and sales, human resource management, consumer management, finance and business planning, legislative management, professional development and leadership.
The applicants are: Adam Ainsworth, assistant manager, Donnington Valley Hotel; Christopher Bancroft, front office duty manager, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa; Judy Bonizzi, assistant guest services manager, Hyatt Regency – The Churchill; Darren Cartwright, front of house manager, Great Fosters; Stephanie Davis, operations manager, Limewood Hotel; James Fleming, reception shift leader, The Berkeley; Alex Golding, assistant restaurant manager, Rudding Park Hotel; Kia Hellens, reception manager, The Georgian House Hotel; Adam Hersey, conferences & events operations manager, Doubletree by Hilton, Milton Keynes; Koula Michaelides, F&B coordinator, The Ritz London; Sigthor Oskarsson, reception manager, London Hilton, Park Lane; Peter Redden, assistant F&B manager, Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa; Lina Slekyte, assistant HR & training manager, Metropolitan by COMO, London; hristopher Strøm, night manager, Grosvenor House; Sarah Tregoning, head of events, Renaissance St Pancras; Karen Weisheit, deputy restaurant manager, Cliveden House Hotel; Kirsty Whitwell, head housekeeper, Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa; Riad Ziadi, head chef, Brown’s Hotel.
Developed in 2012, the diploma has become a sought-after qualification for junior level supervisors and managers working in hospitality, designed to give students the knowledge to better lead their teams.
Speaking at the Master Innholders General Managers’ Conference in January, Aspiring Leaders Diploma graduate, Jonathan Scoble, conference and beverage manager at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, said: “There is no doubt in my mind that the diploma has played a key part in my career and has most certainly helped me achieve and carry out my duties for my present position here.
“As with many others in the industry, I did not take any formal hospitality qualifications, but instead chose to work my way up through the business, learning the skills and knowledge as I have progressed.
“Part of the Master Innholders Aspiring Leader Diploma is about meeting other professionals working in the industry, swapping tips and sharing stories. Having others from all around the UK available to answer any question I may face in my career is invaluable.”