UK: Robert Richardson has been appointed as the chief executive of the Institute of Hospitality (IoH), effective 19 April 2021.
Richardson will succeed Peter Ducker at the helm of the international trade body for current and aspiring hospitality leaders and managers. He has long supported the institute as a member of its supervisory board, and in September 2020 was elevated to the role of vice-chairman.
Richardson most recently served as general manager of the boutique Cave Hotel in Kent. Prior to this he was general manager of The Grand in Folkestone.
Commenting on his new appointment, Richardson said: “As hospitality returns to the forefront of our economy and our daily lives after a year of unprecedented disruption and challenge, there has never been a more important time for our industry to cultivate strong leadership and management skills. We also need to attract and inspire future generations of talent, and I believe the IoH is perfectly placed to help support this. It is a huge honour to step up and lead our institute moving forward into a brave new post-lockdown world.”
Kellie Rixon, IoH chair, added: “We could not be more thrilled to welcome Robert as our new CEO. We know he brings with him not only a wealth of hospitality industry experience and connections, but the respect of his peers in education and the wider community where he has dedicated so much of his time to raising the standards and stature of our amazing profession.
She continued: “The IoH will draw on his huge passion, focus and drive to further excel as the industry’s recognised professional body. I look forward to working with Robert to achieve great things for the institute and our members in the UK and around the world.”
Richardson recently featured in the Trailblazer webinar Breaking bad: Progressive leadership. You can watch the recording here.