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The Master Innholders announces 2015 scholars

20 of the UK’s most talented hoteliers have been offered a place on The Master Innholders’ coveted Hotel Management Scholarship Programme, which sees individuals attend intensive professional development programmes at either Cornell University in the USA, Cranfield University School of Management, or the renowned École Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Applications for the esteemed scholarships rose 37% in 2014 compared to the previous year. Submissions were received from a wide variety of hospitality professionals from across the UK, ranging from managing directors of country retreats and owners of boutique hotels, to general managers and heads of department from a broad range of properties.

2015 Master Innholder Scholarships:
Cornell General Managers Program
• Paul Bayliss, General Manager, Macdonald Hotel Manchester
• James Clarke, Director of Operations, London Hilton on Park Lane
• Daniel Pedreschi, General Manager, Park Plaza, Westminster
• Sharon Thandi, General Manager, Novotel Birmingham
• Serena von der Heyde, General Manager, The Georgian House

Cranfield Directors Programme
• Tim Hassell, Managing Director, Ilsington Country House Hotel

Cranfield Talent Development Programme
• Dominic Abbott, Assistant General Manager, Calcot Manor
• Pedro da Silva, Interim General Manager, Holiday Inn, Camden Lock
• Nicola Dorkings, Deputy General Manager, Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells
• Michelle Hudd, Deputy General Manager, Scarlet Hotel
• Edwin Kramer, Hotel Manager, London Edition
• Philip Lewis, Resident Manager, Metropolitan by COMO
• Martin Newbould, Hotel Manager, Ace Hotel
• Mark Surguy, Hotel Operations Manager, South Lodge Hotel
• Edward White, Director of Operations, Renaissance St Pancras
• Robert Wombill, Front Office Manager, Brown’s Hotel
• Adam Worthington, General Manager, Harts Hotel
• Alix Young, Hotel Manager, The Pear Tree at Purton

Lausanne Executive Education Programme
• Benjamin Veale, Assistant Manager, The Ritz

Now in their 22nd year, The Master Innholders Scholarships are funded through the generosity of The Worshipful Company of Innholders, The Savoy Educational Trust, The Master Innholders Charitable Trust, and The Lord Forte Foundation. The principal objective of the programme is to support hoteliers that would otherwise lack the financial means to complete some of the world’s most respected hotel management courses.

Alumni go on to join St. Julian Scholars and are encouraged to mentor others and share their professional knowledge, for the benefit of the industry at large.

Jonathan Raggett, Chairman of The Master Innholders, said: “Every year, The Master Innholders supports the hotel sector’s rising stars through the world’s most prestigious hotel management programmes. We are delighted to announce the names of our 2015 scholars and it is heartening to see more and more applications coming through from boutique and independent hotels.

“I wish the candidates every success in completing their hotel management courses and hope that their training will allow them to contribute to the health of the hotel sector in the long-term.”

Successful applicants said: “I am overjoyed, and grateful for this incredible opportunity”; “I'm over the moon!”; “I am thrilled to be included on the scholarship programme”, and “I’m very proud and humbled to be selected for a scholarship”.

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