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 practicing 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. 

Applications for 2024 are now open! To apply, download a copy of the application form.

Deadline for applications is midnight Friday 22 March 2024.

Applications will be considered by the Chairman’s Membership Panel and shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview in London on Wednesday 24 April 2024. Please ensure you keep this date free as it will not be possible to arrange an alternative date. 

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.

View from the Chairman

Applications for 2024 are now open! To apply, download a copy of the application form.

We encourage hoteliers from all walks of life and of all experiences to apply, and membership is open to any practicing hotelier of a UK hotel who can display a true commitment to our industry and those who work within it.

Becoming a Master Innholder is both an award of recognition for being a leading hotelier but also an opportunity for you to give back and support our industry to help influence standards and extend professionalism to all those within it.

We provide personal development to young professionals, facilitate discussion and learning amongst our profession and support our industry charities. As a Master Innholder this can be achieved by supporting and joining the executive committee and sub-committees, helping to introduce potential sponsors and speakers for our annual Hotel Leadership Conference, supporting applications for our scholarships, encouraging young ambitious people to join the hugely successful MIALD program, mentor another industry professional, as well as join the charity cycle or another charity initiative we support with our industry partners.

Master Innholders will also be able to attend the annual Hotel Leadership Conference and dinner held in January each year, as well as the Annual General Meeting in September and dinner in June.

Our existing MI’s would also be delighted to let you know more about their experiences and the process, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

We look forward to welcoming next year’s applications and new Master Innholders to our group.

Dan Rose-Bristow MI - Chairman

How to apply

Applications for the Master Innholders are now open! To apply, download a copy of the application form.

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 accompanied with a CV and a recent colour photograph via email to Executive Secretary Wallace Vincent FIH, MBA at wvincent@masterinnholders.co.uk

Deadline for applications is midnight Friday 22 March 2024.

Applications will be considered by the Chairman’s Membership Panel and shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview in London on Wednesday 24 April 2024. Please ensure you keep this date free as it will not be possible to arrange an alternative date. 

Hotelier of the Year Winners

Since its 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, 31 of 38 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:

2023 Conor O'Leary, The Gleneagles Hotel

2022 Adrian Ellis, Lowry Hotel

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

 

 

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