Passion4Hospitality 2017 paves the way to rewarding careers

We can prove it! Our unique student networking event (13 March 2017 Novotel London West) can help to boost your career prospects.


Now in its seventh year, Passion4Hospitality provides an action-packed day of career-focused activities and networking to get hospitality students off to a flying start in industry.

One of the key activities on the day is the debating competition, which sees the two finalist teams go head-to-head in a live battle of wits, public speaking and persuasive skills.

Participating in Passion4Hospitality can often be the start of exciting developments.

For Simrian Kur, it led to a direct contact with a BaxterStorey manager (Thomas Kilroy MIH), a company she was very interested in working for.

“A website can only tell you so much, but a person who works for the company can tell you much more about what it’s really like day-to-day,” she said.

After meeting at P4H Simrian and Thomas soon became work colleagues. In fact Simrian has worked for BaxterStorey ever since taking part in the P4H 2012 student debate. Today she is the BaxterStorey restaurant manager at City law firm Herbert Smith Freehill.


For Elsje Hugo (pictured near left), who won the debate in 2015 with her University of Derby colleagues, the experience led to lasting friendship.

She said: “We’re still very much in contact even though we are all so far from each other. The wonders of the competition built a stronger bond and friendship than we could ever have imagined.”

Today, Elsje is working as a cellar door manager at the De Grendel Wine Estate in Capetown, South Africa.


On the Bournemouth University winning team last year, Laura Ricciotti (pictured second from left) is now working in the kitchen of the Michelin-starred Berlin restaurant Nobelhardt & Schmutzig. Rachael Stevens (pictured holding trophy) is now a management trainee with Elite Hotels and she is returning to P4H this year as a judge of the debating competition.

Passion4Hospitality 2017 is headline-sponsored by the University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) and takes place on Monday 13 March at Novotel London West, Hammersmith.

P4H 2017 is FREE to attend. For further details click here

Download the P4H2017 Programme here


New book launch – Potential: find it, own it, work it by David Guile FIH

Executive Business coach, David Guile FIH, is launching his new book, POTENTIAL on 20th February 2017.potential-3d-transparent-web-res

Available on Amazon, POTENTIAL combines the principles of coaching with David’s business and leadership experience. It will support managers and emerging leaders to fulfil the potential within them and in turn the potential in others.

Specialising in leadership, David has over 25 years’ experience within the hotel sector. In POTENTIAL he draws on this, sharing his personal learning as he steadily worked his way up within the industry from a hotel trainee to CEO and Board member of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.

In his new book, David says it’s a mistake to focus too much on trying to improve our weaknesses. Instead, fully leveraging our strengths can reap greater rewards.
Read an extract from POTENTIAL here.

“Read this book to embrace your Potential and discover what’s possible.” Alex Gregory MBE, Double Olympic Champion -­‐  coxless fours

“Filled with key leadership messages that will support, challenge and inspire you.” Robin Sheppard FIH MI. Chairman Bespoke Hotels

“This book is like having a very practical business coach with you at all times, helping you question what you’re doing and supporting you to achieve your best. David Guile draws on recognised coaching and business practices, packaging it all up into a book that is easy to read and easy to put into practice.” Anne Scoular, Co-­‐founder and faulty member of Meyler Campbell, author of The Financial Times Guide to Business Coaching.

POTENTIAL is published by Rethink Press and is available to order on Amazon here.

About the author


As CEO for Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the largest privately owned hotel group in the UK, from 2007 to 2014, David was responsible for over 5,000 employees and a senior executive team of twelve. Under his leadership, the company achieved successive EBITDA growth, despite the challenging economy, and was awarded the prestigious accolade of AA Hotel Group of the Year in both 2008 and 2014 in recognition of exceptional quality and customer service.

Having started as a trainee and worked his way up through all hotel departments, David rose through managerial roles before becoming CEO and Board member. In addition he has experience in both large PLCs (Forte Hotels Group, Granada and Compass) and privately owned businesses (Macdonald Hotels & Resorts). He has an exceptional range of commercial and people experience that supports the leadership development he can offer as an Executive Coach.

David completed an MBA in 2001 at Oxford Brookes University, specialising in hospitality and people management, and is a graduate of The Meyler Campbell Business School of Coaching, the leading Executive Coach training programme in the UK and credited by the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches.

As well as holding Non-­‐Executive roles, David is also a trustee of the hospitality-­‐based charity Room to Reward, recognising hidden heroes within the charity sector by rewarding them with hotel breaks.     He has also been involved with the charity Daisy’s Dream, supporting bereaved children and their  families, for over twenty   years.

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Meet our Learners of the Year


The Institute of Hospitality’s Learners of the Year were rewarded for attaining the highest marks in their final exams. Their achievements were recognised during the Institute of Hospitality Awards Dinner at Westminster Kingsway College (WKC) on 13 June 2016.

Georgia Georgantopoulou Level 3 Learner of the Year

Georgia took the Institute’s Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management . Georgia is working as a BaxterStorey team leader at law firm, Reed Smith, London. She says: “I’ve always thought that to further a career means hard work and continuous learning. BaxterStorey gave me the opportunity through their Leadership Academy to study for the course. It was a great and challenging year at WKC. I had the chance to further my knowledge, learn new things, challenge myself, meet new people and finally see my hard work rewarded.  Working and studying at the same time is not easy but the benefits are worth all the effort.  I’m utterly thrilled to be Learner of the Year for 2016 and I wish to continue learning, improving and progressing within the hospitality industry.”

Simon Hansen Joint Level 4 Learner of the Year

Simon took the Institute’s Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Hospitality and Tourism Management. Simon Hansen has been a lecturer in hospitality and catering at Kendal College in Cumbria for ten years, and previously worked in fine-dining restaurants across the country, gaining rosettes and recognition for his skills.  He will be part of the newly-expanded teaching team at Kendal, delivering Institute of Hospitality qualifications. Simon says: “I was encouraged to continue my own learning at Kendal while working. I was able to balance work, my passion for football and coaching local teams, and studying with lots of support from my tutor Suzanne Horner, who has been inspiring and supportive throughout.  I hope to inspire my own students to understand that learning is for life and is something that should be embraced and not feared.”

Jay Barnard Joint Level 4 Learner of the Yearpage

Jay took the Institute’s Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Hospitality and Tourism Management.  Jay is a BaxterStorey hospitality manager at the British Medical Association, London. He studied the Institute of Hospitality Level 4 Diploma at WKC as part of BaxterStorey’s Leadership Academy programme. He says: “Half way through the course I was promoted to hospitality manager at BMA. My first task was to re-launch the hospitality offer. I was excited to be able to showcase some new concepts to add the wow factor to events. This included using a vintage cake cart – which can be added to any event. As part of the course we needed to look at different aspects of the business and then present our proposals to senior members of the BaxterStorey team. Mine was on visual merchandising. I look forward to many more great years and opportunities with Baxterstorey in this exciting industry!”

New MOOC: ‘The Geopolitics of Hospitality’ for industry professionals and students

A new MOOC for hospitality is available on FutureLearn

Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), Switzerland, and Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), France, are combining their resources to deliver the first ever MOOC in the Geopolitics of Hospitality, available from 25th April 2016, on the FutureLearn platform.  The course is designed for young people who are considering a career in hospitality as well as current hospitality professionals.

Both institutions are pairing their respective expertise, geopolitics for GEM and hospitality for EHL, to deliver this one of a kind MOOC over 4 weeks. Students will spend 4 hours per week on the course, and certificates are available upon completion.

The Geopolitics of Hospitality course will be taught by Yves Schemeil, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, at the University of Grenoble Alpes, and current visiting professor at the two institutions. To deliver the four chapters that make up the MOOC, he is joined by lecturers, chefs, butlers, wine stewards, EHL students and alumni. They will use diverse examples from around the world, and will rely on the work of historians, philosophers, anthropologists and political scientists.

Through the course, participants will gain a better understanding of the soft power exercised by States in the realms of hospitality and cooking and get another view on intercultural issues.

This course is designed for hospitality professionals, gourmet aficionados or foodies. Audiences with an interest in food and cuisine, but also intercultural issues, are welcome to register.

Chapters of the MOOC consist of:

  • A Philosophy of Food and Mood
  • The Anthropology of Banquets
  • Gastronomy and Hospitality
  • Gastro-diplomacy and the World Order

An intriguing topic for global hospitality students and professionals alike. Enrol now at FutureLearn: Click here.

Sip your way to success with learning from Jascots Wine Merchants

Jascots Wine Merchants know their stuff! Check out their Institute-Endorsed training today

If you’re in the hospitality industry and serve wine, you will enjoy a special series of Tweets featuring ‘sip-sized’ learning from the wine experts @JascotsWine.

Watch the Institute of Hospitality’s Twitter feed, @IoH_Online, during the next two weeks to catch #Winetips from Jascots’ wine educators. Jascots Wine Merchants offer Institute-endorsed wine training programmes which mean the programmes meet the Institute’s rigorous standards for quality hospitality training.

Jascots Wine Merchants has further enhanced its industry leading training offer for its on-trade and hospitality clients by adding WSET (Wines and Spirits Education Trust) foundation and intermediate programs to its portfolio of specialist wine and hospitality courses.

Whilst Jascots’ Sales & Service Training helps staff members and managers to get the most out of their wine list, the WSET qualification offers broad coverage of all product categories in the field of alcoholic drinks, together with the theory of tasting technique. It is suitable for those with little previous experience.

Perhaps more important is how investing in this type of training benefits a hospitality business with the productivity and retention of staff. Jascots courses are proven to be crucial in developing key staff.


Listen and learn every Tuesday: NEW Institute of Hospitality Webinars cover business improvement and professional development

Hosted by hospitality experts, 2016’s new Institute of Hospitality Webinars are a series of instructional, informative and topical online presentations to benefit members’ knowledge and highlight up-to-the-minute best practice. The webinars take place live every Tuesday at 3pm and last about 30-45 minutes.  Watch, listen and learn from any location – your home, the office, a cafe – via any web-enabled device. Get your questions answered by the experts, too! The webinars’ easy access means hospitality professionals can learn in any location.

The Institute of Hospitality Webinars cover three subject areas aimed at hospitality professionals:

Book your free-to-members Institute Webinars today!
Book your free-to-members Institute Webinars today!
  • Business Improvement
  • Professional Development
  • Masterclasses

Since 2014, the Institute has delivered over 50 webinars to help members improve their personal and professional skills as well as their business practices.

Cost:  FREE for Institute Members (Non-member fee: £10.00 including VAT).  

It’s easy to participate in the Institute’s hospitality industry webinars, so book TODAY

MOOCs for hospitality managers from some esteemed business schools

There are plenty of MOOCs (massive open online courses) around if you’d like to study topics like history or software, but there is a definite absence of quality MOOCs covering the niche area of hospitality management.

However, we’ve discovered some forthcoming hospitality-focused MOOCs from one of the world’s foremost business schools. ESSEC is located in the Paris area and in Singapore but its MOOCs make attendance at these 4 week online courses a viable option for hospitality students and managers located around the globe.

Try a MOOC, it costs nothing and could help hone your hospitality skills!
Try a MOOC, it costs nothing and could help hone your hospitality skills!

The three hospitality management courses on offer for October 2015 at ESSEC are:

A further course from a top rated business school in the USA, Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, is also being offered over a 4 week period on the topic of:

Sign up for one or for all four. MOOCs are a great way to build or refresh your hospitality management skills, particularly when they are offered by respected sources like ESSEC and Wharton.

If you’re curious about how MOOCs have been faring, you’ll appreciate this recent Harvard Business Review article examining ‘Who’s benefiting from MOOCs and why‘. Essentially, MOOCs are what you make of them as a no-cost but very convenient way of learning. Just pick your providers carefully and you should find MOOCs are worth attending.