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The Master Innholders announces 2017 scholars

École Hôtelière de Lausanne
The Master Innholders has awarded 20 talented hospitality professionals a place on its highly esteemed hotel management scholarship programme. The successful candidates will take part in a two-week management development course at Cranfield University, Cornell University in the USA, or the École Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland.

A record number of applications were received from hospitality professionals working in some of the UK’s most recognised and forward-thinking hotels, with roles ranging from Executive Chefs and Head Concierge to Director of Events and General Managers.

Master Innholders 2017 Scholars:
Cornell University: General Managers Programme                            
• Adam Dyke, General Manager, Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa
• Thierry Henrot, General Manager, Sheraton Skyline Hotel
• Warren Miller, General Manager,10 Manchester Street Hotel
• Alan Shaw, General Manager, Macdonald Hotel Manchester
• Tej Walia, General Manager, Dartington Hall
• Jannes Soerensen, General Manager, The Beaumont

Cornell University: Professional Development Programme                
• Lottie Haylock, Accounts & Commercial Manager, Malhotra Leisure PLC
• Laura Prentice, Director of Events, The Dorchester

Cranfield University: Cranfield Talent Development Programme       
• Mirko Cattini, Hotel Manager, Corinthia Hotel
• Matthew Hill, Executive Chef, Down Hall Hotel & Spa
• Ian Jones, Business Development Manager, Celtic Manor Resort
• Sunil Kanjanghat, General Manager, Montagu Arms Hotel
• Angela Kemp, Front of House Manager, Rockliffe Hall Hotel
• Craig Moffat, F&B and Events Manager, Gleneagles Hotel
• Ben Morcombe, Deputy General Manager, Grand Hotel & Spa
• Olga Sommer, Revenue Manager, Ham Yard Hotel
• David Young, Head Concierge, Brown's Hotel

École Hôtelière de Lausanne: Executive Education Programme        
• Sabine Kern, Director Sales & Marketing, The London Edition
• Kristina Veselyte, Executive Housekeeper, Hilton London Bankside
• Chara Willis, Guest Relations Manager, Seaham Hall

Stuart Bowery FIH MI, General Manager of Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, and Chairman of the Master Innholders, said: “The quality and breadth of this year’s applicants has been outstanding and we’re delighted that 70% of this year’s intake are from independent hotels. Each successful candidate has demonstrated clear next-level management potential and are keen to further support the development of other professionals once they have completed their scholarship.

“Supporting education and development in the industry is a primary focus for the Master Innholders and each year a talented collection of individuals complete the programme, progressing to the next stage of their career. We would like to congratulate all 2017 scholars on their successful application for the scholarship and wish them every success and fulfilment with their learning.”

Alan Shaw, General Manager of Macdonald Hotel Manchester and one of the successful candidates, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and humbled to be granted a Master Innholder Scholarship. The opportunity to develop my knowledge, experience and skillset amongst the best in the industry is not something that is freely offered and I’m extremely grateful that Master Innholders believed I was the right person to invest in.”

Now in its 24th year, the Master Innholder Scholarships are generously funded by 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 the St. Julian Scholars, are encouraged to mentor others and share their professional knowledge for the benefit of the industry at large.

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