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Georgian House Hotel’s senior management team become St. Julian Scholars alumni

Adam Rowledge and Serena von der Heyde
Serena von der Heyde, Georgian House Hotel’s owner, and Adam Rowledge, general manager, were recognised for completing this year’s Master Innholders’ Scholarship Programme as they join the scholarship alumni – the St. Julian Scholars.

Joining the famed alumni comes after they both successfully applied for a Master Innholders’ Scholarship, which they completed earlier this year. Serena completed the Master Innholders’ two-week general managers’ program at Cornell University in New York as part of her ongoing commitment to hospitality excellence.  

Adam, then general manager at Bannatyne Spa Hotel in Hastings, headed to Cranfield School of Management in Bedfordshire to participate in its programme that is designed to accelerate the managerial careers of high potential professionals across a wide range of industries.  

Becoming a St. Julian Scholar serves as recognition of the incredible hard work and dedication involved in running a hotel and further praises the already dynamic Georgian House team as they continue to build on the hotel’s growth and development. As part of a hotel-wide interior design refresh, eight brand new bedrooms were unveiled in October in one of the final stages of a three-year refurbishment plan across the 60 bedroom and eight apartment hotel.   

As St. Julian Scholars, Serena and Adam are encouraged to mentor others within the industry by passing on what they have learnt from their scholarships to inspire others in hospitality.  

Serena von der Heyde commented on completing the scholarship programme at Cornell University: “Cornell GMP was a life-changing, game-changing experience. I came away with an even deeper conviction that investment in our team brings excellence. It also taught me to embrace what makes our hotel unique, and to really mine that seam of personality, to stick to our essence. The opportunity that the Master Innholders gave an independent hotelier like me is beyond description.”  

Adam Rowledge added: “I found the personal development journey to be incredibly valuable. The opportunity to share best practice with other course participants from different industries was great. I’m looking forward to sharing the full benefits of what I learnt with the team at Georgian House and with my peers across the industry, to provide the best possible experience for our colleagues and guests.”  

An advocate for industry training and providing the necessary support for employees to excel, the hotel was the runner up in the Cateys Best Employer Award and finalist in last year’s Employee Engagement Awards.

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