Hotelier and chairman of Lucknam Park Harry Murray has been elected as president of hotel association HOSPA.
Murray, who has worked in the industry for more than 50 years and has been recognised by numerous awards throughout his career, said he was ‘honoured’ to have been chosen to head up HOSPA, which helps hospitality’s finance, revenue management and IT professionals develop their careers.
On his appointment, Murray said he was joining at a time when ‘retaining, attracting and developing talented people was vital’ to the future success of the industry.
His election was made by a unanimous decision of the HOSPA Board, based on his prominence in the industry, his reputation and his previous involvement with HOSPA and BAHA (the previous name for HOSPA).
Murray said: “For me, hospitality is the best industry in the world and we should be proud of the high standards we have achieved in the UK during the past 25 years. This is an industry where you can start at the bottom and go right to the top of the profession and we have to get that message across.
“Hospitality finance, revenue management and IT have never been more important than they are today and HOSPA leads the way with its educational programmes, events and workshops. I see an opportunity to work with HOSPA to help businesses improve their financial leadership, so I am looking forward to working with Jane and the executive committee to help them achieve this.”
Jane Pendlebury, chief executive of HOSPA, said: “We are delighted to welcome Harry to the role of President. With such a distinguished career and a wealth of knowledge about the industry, we believe he is one the best people to lead us and are hugely looking forward to working with him to achieve our aims and objectives.”