UK: Matthew Johnson, director of hotel operations at Historic House Hotels, suddenly passed away on Monday 2 August after collapsing on a golf course.
Johnson, who was based at Hartwell House, worked for the company for over 27 years. He began his career at Hartwell House as assistant manager, then moved to Bodysgallen Hall as director and general manager for two decades.
Following Jonathan Thompson’s retirement as director of hotel operations in 2016, Johnson returned to Hartwell House to take on the role.
Throughout his career with Historic House Hotels, Johnson worked with the National Trust, Relais & Chateaux, and Pride of Britain. He was a member of The Master Innholders and also a member of UKHospitality.
Richard Broyd, chairman of Historic House Hotels, said: “Matthew was respected and well-liked by everyone he met and worked with and was everyone’s friend. He was sympathetic with an outstanding ability and he encouraged kindness on a daily basis. In my half-century career, my working relationship with Matthew was one of the most fruitful I have enjoyed. I also remember his tremendous sense of humour. It is a truly sad day and everyone at Historic House Hotels is filled with sadness. He will be much missed.”
Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, wrote on Twitter: “Deeply saddened to hear of the death of Matthew Johnson, at such a young age. A key member of our South East Committee, Master Innholder and industry supporter. Condolences and prayers to his family, friends and colleagues.”
Harry Murray, Master Innholder and president of The Hospitality Professionals Association (HOSPA), wrote on Twitter: “Deeply saddened by untimely passing of Matthew Johnson at 49, director of hotel operations at Historic House Hotels. Thoughts are with his family at this sad time. He was a kind and caring hotelier, highly respected by his team and guests. He will be sadly missed. RIP Matthew.”