Aspiring Managers Awards Shortlist Announced by Institute of Hospitality

four-seasons-domeA shortlist of rising stars in the world of hospitality management has been announced ahead of the Institute of Hospitality Aspiring Managers Awards.

The awards, now in their tenth year, take place at the magnificent new London venue Four Seasons at Ten Trinity (pictured) on Friday 10 November.tentrinity_full_640x740

The event is organised by the Institute of Hospitality London Branch. The overall winner will receive an awards package focused on further professional development and networking, including invitations to five key industry events, a mentoring programme and accredited training.

This year’s shortlisted rising stars are:

Callum Curtis-Bennett, Deputy General Manager, The Brookwood Partnership
Carmen Rademacher, Director of Sales, Hilton London Bankside
Charlotte Horler,  Front of Office Manager, Montague on the Gardens (Red Carnation Hotels)
Ciaran Burns, Assistant Front Office Manager, The Dorchester London
Daniel Dreiseitel, Assistant  Restaurant Manager, The Ritz London
Daniel Thompson MIH, General Manager, Thurlestone Estates (Mullion Cove Hotel)
Laura Amos, Catering Manager, Ampersand
Rebecca Cupitt, Group Manager, Lusso Catering

The evening starts with drinks at 6.30pm followed by a sumptuous three-course dinner in the grand ballroom, live music, a magician’s performance and an inspirational guest speaker, Jason Allen Scott, an entrepreneur and expert on event management.

The Institute of Hospitality Aspiring Managers Awards
: Friday 10 November 2017
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Trinity Square, London
Tickets for Institute of Hospitality members: £150 per person
Tickets for non-members and guests: £175 per person
Table cost for members: £1400 for a table of 10

Bookings: Contact Paul Evans FIH at
Or Antionio Fernandes FIH at
Bookings deadline is 1 November 2017.  Act now to avoid disappointment.

Last year's winners
Last year’s finalists, including overall winner Gaia Martini, now joint managing director of the Danilo Cortellini Hospitality School (centre).



Institute of Hospitality London Careers Fair matches New Talent with Top Employers

Organisers Eleni Michael and Michael Voigt with Daniele Quattromini (centre) get in the frame courtesy of Firmdale Hotels
Organisers Eleni Michael and Michael Voigt with Daniele Quattromini of Cliveden (centre) at the London Careers Fair. Photo opp courtesy of Firmdale Hotels!

Over 250 job-seeking students and hospitality professionals made direct contact with more than 30 top-quality employers at the Institute of Hospitality London Careers Fair last week (Friday 19 May).

With student members at 34 UK colleges and universities, including Glion, University of Surrey, Westminster Kingsway College and University of Brighton, the Institute of Hospitality facilitated the match-making.

Mariya Kovacheva AIH, who graduates from the Edge Hotel School this year, said: “People from HR wanted to interact with us, see what attracted us to hospitality and ask about our future goals. They are going to offer us positions. It was very good and very useful.”

Paul McDonald, human resources business partner at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, said: “What an uplifting day meeting new and exciting talent through the Institute of Hospitality. Thank you to all of those new connections whom expressed an interest in Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard.”

Graham Copeland FIH MI, group hotel director at the Zetter Group, said: “I am delighted that we could showcase The Zetter Group’s amazing career opportunities to the talented students of the universities, colleges and hotel schools attending the Institute of Hospitality Careers Fair.”

Joanne Meredith, head of human resources at The Ritz London, said: “We have met many great students today.”

The event was organised by Michael Voigt FIH, general manager of L’Oscar and Institute of Hospitality London Branch education officer. Ben Singer FIH, chair for the London Branch, Paul Evans FIH deputy dean of BPP University and student member Eleni Michael from the University of Surrey worked closely with Michael to put the event on.

Those in attendance heard expert careers advice from guest speakers Robert Nadler of Nadler Hotels, Michael Gray FIH MI, former GM of the Hyatt Regency, Jurgen Ammerstofer from The Edition London and Rak Kalidas of Levy Restaurants.

The event took place at the Institute of Directors on Pall Mall. Lunch and refreshments were generously sponsored by BaxterStorey. Planday, a provider of employee scheduling software, also sponsored the event.


Institute of Hospitality London Careers Fair, 19 May

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The Institute of Hospitality is hosting a Careers Fair to match students and hospitality professionals with some of the finest employers in the country.

The event takes place on Friday 19 May (10am to 3pm) at the Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED
(see map)

Participants are advised to bring their CVs and dress to impress. The Careers Fair is an outstanding opportunity to meet more than 30 prestigious employers who are looking to recruit new talent. Organisations at the Fair include:

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The day will also include compelling career advice from Robert Nadler of Nadler hotels; Michael Gray FIH MI, formerly general manager of the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill; Jurgen Ammerstorfer, general manager of The London Edition hotel; and Rak Kalidas, Levy Restaurants UK.

This unique Careers Fair is FREE to attend but registration is required.
Please register your attendance now

Careers Fair: 10am – 3pm ;
Speakers: 11.30am – 1pm
Networking Lunch: 1-2pm;

The London Careers Fair is organised by Michael Voigt FIH of L’Oscar and the Institute of Hospitality London Branch. The light networking lunch is generously sponsored by BaxterStorey.

Please register your attendance now

Organisations wishing to participate, please contact:
Tel: 020 8661 4904

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‘Stand up to stand out’ at the Institute of Hospitality Learning & Development Forum

The stunning Ham Yard Hotel is the venue for the 11th Institute of Hospitality Learning & Development Forum

The Institute of Hospitality’s Learning & Development Forum is a one-day conference in the heart of London with a brilliant line-up of motivational speakers and panel discussions.

The event, now in its 11th year, is organised and hosted by the London Branch and takes place next week on Monday (21 November) at the Ham Yard Hotel. Our thanks go to Firmdale Hotels for their generous support. The event, now fully booked,  promises to be a superb networking opportunity for the 150 hospitality management students who are attending from colleges and universities across the UK.

This year’s high-calibre speakers include:
Peter Ducker FIH, chief executive, Insitute of Hospitality
Alastair Storey FIH, chairman and chief executiveof WSH and president of the Institute of Hospitality,
Emily Kidson & Peter Jackson, Edge Hotel School
Michael Voigt FIH and Tony Fleming, L’Oscar
M J Flanagan, mjinspire
Christoph Hoffmann FIH, Omni Facilities Management
Ciaran Fahy FIH, The Ritz, London
Daniele Quatromini AIH, Cliveden House and Gold Service Scholarship winner,
Beth Aarons, Dorchester Collection,
Michael Crow & Charlie Brodie, The Edition, London
Jessica Berry & Josh Light, Firmdale Hotels
Lesley Reynolds, PSD
Sean Wheeler FIH, Project 1898
Anthony Woodstock, Gig to Gig

Michael Voigt FIH, education officer, Institute of Hospitality London Branch, says: “This event is all about giving students a ‘leg up’ into finding the right position in the right environment and working with the right people in hospitality. Please take the time to understand the huge variety of opportunities out there and find where you can fit in. Today is about helping students make the right choice in their future careers.”

Participating universities and colleges include City College Norwich, Westminster Kingsway College, University of West London, The London College UCK, University of Derby, Edge Hotel School, Glion Institute of Higher Education, Oxford Brookes University.

The event is generously sponsored by Firmdale Hotels, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Gig, The Omni Group and Graphico.

Download the full programme here

Institute of Hospitality’s London Aspiring Managers Revealed

5-nominees-with-chair-hon-president-speaker-and-chair-of-awardsLeft to right: Vic Laws MBE FIH (Branch Honorary President), Michael J Gray FIH MI (Guest speaker), Andre Borges, Natalja Naumenkova, Gaia Martini, Koula Michaelides, Ashley Gomes, Antonio Fernandes FIH (Awards officer), Ben Singer MIH (Branch Chairman)

Stars of the hospitality industry were recognised at the Institute of Hospitality Aspiring Manager Awards Dinner at The Lansdowne Club on 29 October.

The awards, now in their ninth year, are organised by the Institute of Hospitality London Branch.  Entries from across the hospitality industry were treated to a Champagne reception, four-course dinner and casino entertainment. The guest speaker was Michael Gray FIH MI.

The winners announced on the night were:
Koula Michaelides – The Ritz Hotel London
Natalja Naumenkova – The Tamarind Collection
Ashley Gomes – The Langham
Gaia Martini – The Arts Club
Andre Borges – The Wellesley Hotel

Branch chairman Ben Singer MIH said: “The Institute of Hospitality is the Industry’s Professional Body as well as an Educational Charity. We support hospitality organisations and professionals throughout their careers, promoting CPD (continuous professional development) and rewarding hardworking talented individuals. One of the ways we do this is through our Aspiring Managers Awards programme. A Hospitality organisation can recognise and reward their talent through The Institute and their peers.”

To view and download photos from the night click here

Winners of Aspiring Manager Awards 2014

Sarah Bowman of Wivenhoe House receives her Aspiring Manager Award
Sarah Bowman of Wivenhoe House receives her Aspiring Manager Award

The Institute of Hospitality’s London Branch held its Aspiring Manager Awards on Friday 7th November 2014 at the lovely Wivenhoe House Hotel. Located on the University of Essex campus, which also houses the Edge Hotel School, the Edge’s students showcased their events management skills by running the event. Guests were greeted with a sparkling wine reception followed by a delicious meal, the presentation of the Awards – including the first Aspiring Student Award. The celebrations then continued with a fantastic Michael Bublé  tribute act!

Our heartiest congratulations go to award winners:

The winners received their Aspiring Manager Award trophy and certificate, a one year’s membership of the Institute of Hospitality, a luxury weekend hotel break and the opportunity to coach a student – or be coached as a student – on the London Branch’s popular Coaching Programme.

Student Sam Masters from City College Norwich receives his award
Student Sam Masters from City College Norwich receives his award

All of the events guests also received an exclusive gift from the event’s generous sponsor Bespoke Brewery

Next year the Aspiring Manager and Student Awards 2015 will be held at The Savoy on 23rd October 2015 and in the new year I will be announcing how the nomination process will be changing.

Superb Sous Chef Nitin Padwar receives his Aspiring Manager Award
Superb Sous Chef Nitin Padwar receives his Aspiring Manager Award





Whether you are a hospitality student or an industry manager, you can become a part of the Institute of Hospitality and benefit from it resources, career development materials and branch networking opportunities, so please join the Institute today!

First group of Institute of Hospitality Higher Apprentices graduate at Westminster Kingsway College

Institute of Hospitality Higher Apprenticeship graduate Ewa Tyl celebrates at Westminster Kingsway College in central London.
Institute of Hospitality Higher Apprenticeship graduate Ewa Tyl celebrates at Westminster Kingsway College in central London.

The first cohort of Institute of Hospitality Higher Apprentices at Westminster Kingsway College have celebrated the completion of their courses at a graduation ceremony held in Westminster Kingsway College’s Vincent Rooms in central London. The ceremony was held for students undertaking: Institute of Hospitality Management Diplomas, Chef Apprenticeships or Supervisory Management Apprenticeships as well as the new Higher Apprenticeship in Hospitality Management. Geoff Booth FIH, Assistant Principal of the School of Hospitality at Westminster Kingsway College said: “Our graduating students from Westminster Kingsway College will go out into the industry to continue to learn new skills, to develop their careers and to promote the work of the College as they become part of the College alumni across the world. We are very proud to recognise their achievements today.”

Westminster Kingsway College is the first Institute of Hospitality Approved Centre in the UK to offer the new 18 month Higher Apprenticeship in Hospitality Management aimed at junior managers working in the hospitality industry who want to progress into senior management roles.

– Institute of Hospitality Management Diploma students celebrate their graduation at Westminster Kingsway College in central London.
– Institute of Hospitality Management Diploma students celebrate their graduation at Westminster Kingsway College in central London.

The winner of the Best Institute of Hospitality Higher Apprentice Level 4 Award from the first group to complete the course was Ewa Tyl from The Royal Automobile Club. Ewa started on the Level 2 Apprenticeship while working as a Linen Room Assistant before progressing to the Level 3 and Level 4 Apprenticeships as well as being promoted to Supervisor and now Head of Linen in the Housekeeping department. Ewa said: “I was supported by my managers on this course and demonstrated my customer service and management skills which helped me to progress to higher levels. The support of my colleagues and lecturers helped me too. The Apprenticeship programmes through Westminster Kingsway College have increased my confidence and given me the opportunity to show my abilities. It is hard to balance work and study but it is worth the effort to achieve your goals.”

For further information about the Institute of Hospitality Management Diplomas and Higher Apprenticeship at Westminster Kingsway College visit, email or call 0870 060 9800.