The Master Innholders has announced nine industry-leading hotel professionals have been awarded the acclaimed Master Innholder status, including two honorary members.
The organisation, which “champions” the development and education of the next generation, has awarded the following hoteliers with Master Innholder status:
- Sam Goss, general manager at Castle Hotel, Mgallery, Windsor.
- Sal Gowili, general manager at The Ritz London Hotel
- Francisco Macedo, general manager at Cliveden House Hotel and SPA, part of the Iconic Luxury Hotels
- Simon Mahon, general manager at The Grand, York
- Andrew Mackay, owner of The Caithness Collection
- Conor O’Leary, managing director of Gleneagles
- Marco Truffelli, partner and managing director of Rufflets St Andrews
To highlight the unrelenting support they have provided to the hospitality industry throughout the last 12 months, Kate Nicholls OBE, chief executive of UKHospitality, and Robin Hutson, chairman and CEO LimeWood Group Ltd and Home Grown Hotels Ltd have been awarded the title of Honorary Master Innholder.
The Master Innholders annually invites applications from forward-thinking hoteliers to join its organisation. Applicants of the membership take part in a rigorous application process, including a 1500-word essay on their values and evidence of their involvement in the industry this year and, due to the challenges posed by Covid-19, a virtual interview process with current members of the organisation.
David Morgan-Hewitt FIH MI, chairman of the Master Innholders and managing director of The Goring, said: “If the last 14 months have taught us anything, it’s the need to join forces as an industry and collaboratively tackle the challenges and opportunities that we face today.
“I am immensely proud to welcome this dedicated group of leaders to our organisation, each of whom has been selected for their continuous passion and drive to give back to our industry, while engaging and inspiring the next generation of talent.”
He added: “I am particularly pleased that Robin and Kate have accepted our invitation to become Honorary MIs. They have both been such loud and clear voices lobbying for our incredible but battered industry.
“Robin is, quite simply, one of the outstanding hoteliers of his generation and is a role model to so many of us. Kate has been a true force to be reckoned with by ministers across government, not least when interviewing them for our incredibly successful webinar Series – Hoteliers: Battered But Not Beaten.”