Find out aboutThe Master Innholders

The award of Master Innholder is open to practising hoteliers from both the independent and group sectors by application each year. Applications are sought from recognised leaders in hotel management whether as a successful General Manager, Managing Director, Chief Executive or Proprietor.

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The award of Master Innholder is open to practising hoteliers from both the independent and group sectors by application each year.

Applications are sought from recognised leaders in hotel management whether as a successful General Manager, Managing Director, Chief Executive or Proprietor. 

2022 applications to become a Master Innholder are now closed.

Members

The Master Innholders is a well respected, prestigious force within the hotel industry – an elite corps which is publicly recognised as a standard bearer for the industry.

It aims to influence standards and extend professionalism within the industry; to promote consideration, study, discussion and research in the areas affecting hotel management including management development, training, education and recruitment.

Reasons to join

The Master Innholders organises and manages the annual General Managers’ Conference which is held each January in a prestigious hotel in London. It attracts over 450 delegates, the vast majority of whom are hotel managers. It is unquestionably the largest and most prestigious conference organised for general managers by general managers in the UK hotel industry’s calendar. It attracts speakers from all walks of life, including many from other sectors.

Other activities during the year are restricted to members. They include an Annual Dinner (and AGM) and a Spring Meeting, held in a member’s establishment away from London. Members are invited as guests to an annual Court Dinner hosted by the Worshipful Company of Innholders. An annual educational trip to the champagne region of France, sponsored by Moët and Chandon, is organised for sommeliers each year.

It is not the remit of the Master Innholders to emulate the fine work being undertaken by other worthy organisations in the fields of training, recruitment, professional development or trade relations. Having said this, it does encourage its members to work with such organisations. More importantly, through its members whose establishments are spread throughout the country, it can assist other organisations to “spread the word” and to host gatherings from time to time.

How to apply

Practising hoteliers from both the independent and group sectors are now invited to apply for membership of the Master Innholders.  Applications are sought from recognised leaders in hotel management whether as a successful General Manager, Managing Director, Chief Executive or Proprietor.  Applicants must also demonstrate a minimum experience of five years in significant hotel general management during their career to date, as a general manager or senior hotel manager of larger hotels of standing.

Applicants must be based in the UK and are likely to be members of the Institute of Hospitality, or other professional bodies. They are also expected to be making a significant contribution to the work of industry organisations and/or industry training and education initiatives at local, regional or national level.

Applications should be sent via email using the form found in the application pack, accompanied by a CV and a recent colour photograph. Please click the link below to view our application pack and download the application form.

Applications for the Master Innholders are now closed.

Hotelier of the Year Winners

Since it's inception in 1983, The Caterer's Hotelier of the Year award has celebrated the UK’s most exceptional hotelkeepers and is the pinnacle of a career in hotelkeeping. To date, 30 of 37 worthy winners of this incredible accolade have been Master Innholders. Please see a list of the Master Innholder representatives of the Hotelier of the Year award:

2021 Daniel Pedreschi, PPHE

2020 Sally Beck, Royal Lancaster London

2019 Sally Beck, Royal Lancaster London

2018 David Taylor, InterContinental Hotels Group

2017 Sue Williams, Whatley Manor

2016 Craig Bancroft, Northcote

2014 Danny Pecorelli, Exclusive Hotels and Venues

2013 Stuart Bowery, Grosvenor House A JW Marriott Hotel

2012 Stuart Johnson, Brown's Hotel London

2011 Stephen Carter, De Vere Cameron House Hotel

2010 Andrew Stembridge, Chewton Glen Hotel

2009 Jonathan Raggett, Managing Director, Red Carnation Hotels

2008 Andrew McKenzie, Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury

2007 Michael Gray, Hyatt Regency London, the Churchill

2006 Richard Ball, Calcot Manor, Tetbury

2005 John Stauss, Four Seasons, London

2004 Patrick Elsmie, Gleneagles

2000 Peter Crome, then at Chewton Glen, New Milton

1999 Nick Ryan, then at the Crinan, Argyll

1998 Nicholas Rettie, then at the Metropolitan, London

1997 Peter Lederer, Gleneagles

1996 Chris Rouse, then at Turnberry, Ayrshire  

1995 Ricci Obertelli, the Dorchester, London

1993 Ken McCulloch, then at One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow

1992 Dagmar Woodward, then at the Mayfair InterContinental, London

1991 Martin Skan, then at Chewton Glen, New Milton, Hampshire

1990 George Goring, Goring hotel, London

1988 Ronald Jones, then at Claridge's, London

1986 Harry Murray, then at the Imperial, Torquay, Devon

1985 Terry Holmes, then at the Stafford, London

1984 Ramón Pajares, then at the Four Seasons, London

1983 Richard Edwards, then at the Chester Grosvenor, Chester

 

 

2022 Committee

David Morgan-Hewitt – Chairman

Dan Rose-Bristow – Vice Chairman

Sally Beck

James B. Clarke

David Connell

Ian Edwards

Adrian Ellis

Tim Hassell

Serena von der Heyde

Jonathan Slater

David Taylor

Joanne Taylor-Stagg

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