2019 Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders announced

UK: The Master Innholders has selected the eighth cohort of its Aspiring Leaders Diploma (MIALD).

Eighteen hotel professionals from across the UK have been given a place on the award-winning management programme, endorsed by the Institute of Hospitality.

The 2019 Aspiring Leaders are:
Josh Bates, Hotel Operations Manager, The Headland Hotel and Spa
Daniel  Dreiseitel, Restaurant Manager, Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa
Hannah Gooding, Assistant Restaurant Manager, The Aviator Hotel
Jake Greenall, Assistant Hotel Manager, Beaverbrook Country House Hotel & Spa
Sophie Irvine, Reception Manager, Oddfellows On The Park
Dagmara Katlewska, Executive Housekeeper, RAF Club
Tamsyn Mann, Guest Relations Manager, Calcot Manor
Richard O’Dea , Assistant F&B Manager, The Dorchester Hotel
Sophie Pine, Assistant Manager, Thurlestone Hotel
Danja   Schluter, Assistant Front Office Manager, The Savoy
Richard Smith, Conference & Banqueting Manager, The Vineyard, Stockcross
Kristopher Speechly, F&B Manager, The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel
Daniel  Thompson, F&B Manager, The Lowry Hotel
Stefanie Trixl, Assistant Restaurant Manager, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa
Samuel Turner, Assistant Manager, Palé Hall Hotel & Restaurant
James Wallace, Operations Manager, Holiday Inn, Winchester
Jeremy Whitworth, Deputy Manager, The Montagu Arms Hotel
Kristie Willis, Duty Manager, Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

A total of 36 shortlisted candidates were interviewed at Innholders Hall on 26 March by a panel of hospitality professionals, including Dr Hilary Cooke, MIALD course leader and owner of Merlin Consultancy; Tim Hassell FIH MI, estates director at Thurlestone Estates; Petra Clayton, founder and managing director of Custard Communications; and David Connell FIH MI, general manager of South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa.

Dr Hilary Cooke said: “Every year we are astounded by the high level of applications we receive for the MIALD. Each of the individuals selected for the programme showcase professionalism, enthusiasm to learn and a passion for our industry that cannot be bought. I’m excited to teach and see how this year’s group develop over the next 12 months.”

This year’s Aspiring Leaders will begin the course in April 2019 and visit industry-leading venues, such as Grosvenor House London, Macdonald Aviemore Resort, The Lowry Hotel Manchester, Novotel London West, Lygon Arms at Broadway, South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa and the Victory Services Club, as part of the development programme.

For more information about the MIALD, please visit www.masterinnholders.co.uk/aspiring-leaders-diploma.

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