Kate Nicholls CEO, UKHospitality

Biography

Kate Nicholls is CEO of UKHospitality, the powerful voice representing the broad hospitality sector, having previously worked as CEO and Strategic Affairs Director of the ALMR.

In July 2019, Kate was appointed Chair of the Tourism Alliance, the membership organisation for the tourism industry comprising of leading trade associations/trade bodies within the sector. Kate is also Chair of Mayor of London’s Night Time Commission and is also a member of the Events Industry Board, London Food Board, Tourism Industry Council, Cultural Cities Enquiry, London & Partners Members Group and the Advisory Board for the Institute for Industrial Strategy.

After gaining a degree in English and a post-graduate diploma in competition law, Kate worked as a researcher in the House of Commons and European Parliament before joining Whitbread as Government Relations Manager, starting her career in hospitality in 1993.

Kate was Director at one of the largest independent public affairs companies, working with a number of hospitality, retail and leisure accounts before establishing her own strategic communications consultancy in 2000. She is a graduate of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Kings College London.

Session: Industry Update

The hospitality sector has faced a perfect storm of Brexit fuelled inflation, rising regulatory costs and soaring rates and rents. With Brexit looming, this session explores whether we are through the worst and the perils and pitfalls on the political road ahead which may impact on business competitiveness and productivity.

Three key takeaways from this session:

1.Understanding of UKHospitality objectives

2. Key challenges facing hotel operators

3. Steps being taken to address & improve commercial environment