The Four Seasons. The Spring was discovering in 1955 that a worthwhile career in Catering existed, and being able to take advantage of the fledgling CATS course at Battersea. The Summer could be onsidered the learning curve; first with Trust Houses, followed by a delightful time in sunny climes. Also met my wife in Jamaica. The Autumn must be the years of fulfilment and pleasure not least as Chairman of the Master Innholders as well as the Presidency of the HCIMA. And finally to get out while the going was still good blessed retirement and the chance to do and see some things whilst we still have the energy. All are welcome to contact me in this glorious part of West Sussex.
After attending the Grammar School, Manchester, Neil Bannister took the Diploma Course at Blackpool Catering College. He spent two years in the Army as personal Cook to the GOC London District followed by a similar period at the Tour d’Argent in Paris. He retired recently after pursuing his culinary interests at Tullich Lodge, Ballater, for over 30 years.
Tig Barrasford’s career began in 1968 as a trainee manager with Grand Metropolitan Hotels, having obtained the National Diploma in Hotelkeeping and Catering at the Llandrillo Technical College in Colwyn Bay. In 1970 Tig joined Trusthouse Forte as a junior manager where his work took him all over the world. Before leaving Trusthouse Forte he was responsible for twenty of the company’s top international properties. In 1986 he joined His Highness the Aga Khan’s Development Network as Chief Executive of the Serena Group in Kenya. In 1991 he moved to the Aga Khan’s headquarters in France where he held the worldwide responsibility for the hotel activities in East Africa and Asia. In 1999 Tig joined Geoffrey Kent’s company to head up its hotel activities, specialising in the development and operation of boutique properties in the Serengeti in Tanzania and across to Belize’s tropical rain forest. Tig retired from professional life in 2002.
Craig graduated from The Scottish Hotel School in 1961 with a diploma in Hotel Management and moved to London for a five year management training at Grosvenor House, Park Lane. He was involved in the opening of Grosvenor House, Sheffield, in 1966 as deputy manager and, after the take over by Trust Houses, he was appointed manager of the Dudley Hotel in Hove. After spells in Pitlochry and Stoke on Trent, Craig moved to Manchester for 12 years as GM of the Grand Hotel. He returning south to the Royal Automobile Club Country Club at Epsom, Surrey where he was General Manager for 14 years before his retirement.
On completing Army Service, in the Royal Artillery, Edward entered a three year Hotel Management Training Scheme in the West Country before gaining 2 years experience in the South of France as a stagies. On returning to the UK he joined B.T.H. for 3 years as a Manager, before being appointed Manager of the Coburg Hotel London, where he stayed for a total of 27 years, being appointed Chief Executive when the hotel went into private ownership in 1976.Since 1990 Edward has successfully run his own hotel consultancy company, which has included assignments throughout the UK and Caribbean.
Peter was appointed Chief Executive of Pride of Britain Hotels, a consortium of independent luxury hotels, in 2000. Before that he was Group Publishing Director at Johansens and was a hotel general manager in Sussex and Hampshire in his early career, starting as a waiter in the late seventies. He writes a regular column in Caterer magazine and is frequently invited to address audiences at business seminars and dinners, bringing him into contact with a wide cross section of the hospitality industry.
After four years at the Battersea College of Technology studying hotel management, David joined The Savoy Hotel training scheme. Following this were various management positions on small country hotels before returning to London at the Cumberland and the Tower hotels.In 1983 David set up LMS (Consultants) Ltd which, as a small consultancy firm, offered a very personal service to the top end of the private sector of the hotel and restaurant business. This business was sold in 1997 but David still retains many of his UK and European clients.In 1978 David had the privilege of assisting the Innholders Company on setting up the Master Innholders and was Clerk for the first 25 years of its existence.
Jeremy studied hotel and catering management at Battersea College of Technology, now the University of Surrey. He joined Trust Houses as an executive trainee in 1966 and became an area director for the Inns Division four years later. His 22 years in the company included periods as operations director for THF London and International Division and technical services director for THF Group.In 1988 Jeremy joined Center Parcs as its first UK Managing Director; then to BAA Hotels as MD. In 1992 he became chief executive at the HCIMA and in 1996 chief executive at the BHA. During that period, he sat on numerous industry committees. He left in 2000 to pursue some entrepreneurial interests which never quite floated! He was chairman of Airport Hotels Partnership from 2000 to 2006 with assets of £400M. He organized the 2000 conference of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association, held that year in London. Jeremy was Executive Secretary for the Master Innholders from 2006 to 2012. He is currently chairman of Buell Consulting and is a director of Farncombe Estate, including the Dormy House Hotel and Foxhill Manor.
Hilary graduated from the Westminster Hotel School in London with a National Diploma in Hotelkeeping and Catering and then spent some time working in Switzerland.Her hotel career has spanned 30 years, and included hotels as varied as the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh to the Manor House Hotel, Moretonhampstead, and companies including Myddleton Hotels Ltd and Ladbroke Hotels. Hilary was also involved with the training of young people through her association with City and Guilds of London Institute.Retiring from hotels, Hilary has remained connected with the tourism industry in various capacities, including the enforcement of minimum standards for accommodation establishments not inspected under national schemes.
Arthur started his training in the Glasgow Central Hotel in 1946 and went to the Scottish Hotel School in 1947 1949. This was followed by two years National Service in the Army Catering Corps as a Messing Officer. In 1951-2 he spent 15 months in the Goring Hotel, London before spending a further year in Switzerland in the Bellevue Palace Hotel, Berne.Most of his career was spent at The Open Arms Hotel, Dirleton, first as Manager, then as Director, until he retired in 1995. In 1964-74 the Company ran the Grange Inn in St Andrews and in 1970 it purchased the Howard Hotel, Edinburgh upgrading and operating it until it was sold in 1989.In 1960 whilst still a Director of the Open Arms Ltd. he started with a friend Shieldness Produce Ltd. a vegetable processing company which eventually had depots in Scotland, Newcastle, Manchester and Birmingham from which he retired in 1987.Some of his other interests during the years were as consultant to Edinburgh Corporation Architects Department and to other private architectural firms and individual hotel companies. His published works include Running your Own Hotel (Barrie and Rockliff, 1967) and A Hotel of your Own (Barrie and Jenkins 1974).
A graduate from Holling’s College, Manchester (1966) and Durham University Business School (1975), Malcolm joined Trust Houses as a management trainee. He managed five of their hotels in twelve years. The last of these was The Randolph, Oxford, which he left in 1978 to become an Area Manager with Swallow Hotels. He became a director two years later and was responsible for Hotel Operations throughout England, until he resigned in May 1996 for personal reasons. He joined the AA. Hotel Appointments Team in October 2000. Malcolm holds a Bishop’s Licence as a Reader in the Church of England.
John was elected Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross in June 2001. He is a member of the Treasury Select Committee 2006- CMS Select Committee 2001-05. Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland 2001-06, and Transport 03-05. He sat in the House of Lords from 1995 to 1999 and was Lib Dem Tourism Spokesman between 1996 and 1999. He is the only hereditary Peer to be elected to the Commons after House of Lords Act 1999. Prior to entering full time politics John was Managing Director of Champneys Group. He is a non executive Director of various companies and Deputy Chairman of Millennium & Copthorne PLC. He was a Director of the Savoy Group for many years. He was Patron of the HCIMA between 1997 and 2003, and is President of the Tourism Society, Patron of the Academy of Food & Wine, a Trustee of the Hospitality Education Trust, Queen Elizabeth’s Castle of Mey Trust, and a member of the Council of the Fondation pour la Formation Hoteliere (Geneva).
A graduate of Ealing School of Hotelkeeping and Catering, Peter developed his career with Trust Houses Ltd. and Myddleton Hotels Ltd, joining the board of the latter company in 1977. After gaining multi unit management as Operations Director with Ladbroke Hotels, Peter bought and developed Dukes Hotel in Bath in 1983 and The Savoy Hotel, Cheltenham in 1993. The Savoy Hotel was awarded Investor in People in 1995 and achieved two rosettes for its restaurant. Having disposed of his hotel investments in 1999, Peter is currently Chairman of Dukes Norton Leisure Ltd. which owns and operates Health & Fitness Clubs. During his career Peter has served on numerous industry committees including City & Guilds, BHA and HCBA. He was a director of Best Western Hotels. He is licensed by the Bishop of Bath & Wells as a Reader in the Church of England. He is a trustee of Abbey House Glastonbury; and a member of the House Committee of the Naval & Military Club, and on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers