Welcome to theSt Julian Scholars

The St Julian Scholars is the alumni of hotel professionals who have graduated from the Innholders Scholarships, a career-changing opportunity to attend management courses at world-renowned universities.

Click here to read the St Julian Scholars Constitution.


Designed to take professionals from managers to leaders, the scholarships provide invaluable training and development in managerial skills, industry best practice, market evolution and global future challenges.

Candidates attend one of two world-leading universities with the entire cost of tuition, board and lodging included.

Applications now closed

Submissions for the Innholders Scholarships will reopen in spring 2022.


There are two courses available for award. You are given the opportunity to select your preferred course however this is not always guaranteed, and an alternative course may be offered.

Talent Development Programme at Cranfield University, Buckinghamshire, UK

The General Managers Programme at Cornell University, New York, USA


Applications now closed

Submissions for the Innholders Scholarships are now closed and will reopen in Spring 2022.

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How To Apply

To supply for the Innholders Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be currently employed in the UK hospitality industry working in a hotel or club.
  • Discuss their intention to apply for a scholarship with their employer. The employer should endorse the submission and agree to the applicant be given time off to attend the relevant course if successful.
  • Should not have any immediate plans to work outside the UK as this would result in the cancellation of a course
  • Applications are welcome from previous delegates of the Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma four or more years after graduation.

Please note only one applicant per property will be accepted.

Applications now closed

Applications for the Innholders Scholarship will reopen in spring 2022.

An assessment panel will review all submissions and draw up a shortlist of applicants who will be invited to attend an interview undertaken by a panel in the autumn in London.

The scholarships are awarded immediately following the interviews for courses being offered in the next year.  Successful applicants are required to join the St Julian Scholars alumni following completion of their course.

Alumni & Committee

Graduates of the Innholders Scholarship are invited to join the St Julian Scholars. Managed by an Executive Committee, the St Julian Scholars focuses on five key areas:

  • Events
  • Giving back
  • Membership engagement
  • Stakeholders
  • Communication

Each member of the St Julian Scholars Executive Committee sits on one of the above working groups and in addition, general alumni members are encouraged to take an active role in these groups.

The St Julian Scholars Committee:

Nicholas Davies – Chairman

Rob Flinter – Vice Chairman

Peter Bradley FIH

Grant Campbell

David Connell FIH MI

Anthony Cox

Jorge Gertrudes FIH MI

Sam Goss

Sophie MacLeod

James McComas

Ajit Nair

Olga Sommer

Cranfield Knowledge Hub

Cranfield's Knowledge Hub is available for St. Julian Scholars to use and is updated regularly with thought leadership articles, videos, podcasts and webinars.

Visit the Knowledge Hub here


St Julian Scholars Autumn Meeting - The Savoy, London

Please note that registrations for the St Julian Scholars Autumn Meeting are now closed.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Autumn meeting, titled Overcoming Adversity: Turning Challenges into Opportunities, will be taking place at The Savoy, London on Friday 19th November 2021. This will be followed by dinner at Innholders’ Hall where we are guests of the Worshipful Company of Innholders.  

We will commence with a buffet lunch at midday allowing members to meet and greet each other for the first time in two years and have unashamedly allowed lots of time for members to network.  An afternoon of speakers will focus upon domestic and global challenges associated with the dual impact of the pandemic and Brexit.  A great line-up of speakers will commence at 1pm, hosted as always by the inimitable Peter Hancock, and will include:

  • Jane Sunley, Author, CEO and Founder, Purple Cubed
  • John Guthrie, Employment Policy Adviser, UKHospitality
  • Chris Gamm, Chief Executive, Springboard UK
  • David Gardner, Managing Partner, 80 Days
  • Liz Hartstone, Co-Founder, Hartstone Rochette in an interview with Chris Cooper SJS, Director of Operations at Rockcliffe Hall
  • A keynote speech from Professor Joe Nellis, Deputy Dean and Professor of Global Economy, Cranfield University

Hatch Mansfield have kindly agreed to provide a tutored wine tasting before members leave The Savoy to prepare for an evening at Innholders’ Hall.  Family Taittinger will generously provide champagne for the pre-dinner reception commencing at 6:30pm, and dinner will be held in the splendid surroundings of Innholders’ Hall, kindly hosted by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Innholders, The Viscount Thurso.  An afternoon and evening definitely not to be missed. 


Eating and Drinking Experiences – A Reset with Robbie Bargh

During this St. Julian Scholars session, Robbie Bargh, founder of Gorgeous Group discusses how to reopen F&B spaces, what the guest is looking for and how hoteliers can be maximising their outdoor space.

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