Guiding lights - HOSPA CEO Jane Pendlebury takes inspiration from award-winning leaders

Updated: Feb 11



I hope January has been a good one, and for those committing to dry January – I trust that has gone well too.

As promised in the January edition of The Overview, I will now share more details of the winners of our Inspirational Leader Awards, presented back at the end of November. The overriding values were knowledge, experience and consistency – descriptive words that appeared on so many of the applications.


Given the amount of amazing nominations, narrowing down the winning four was a hard task, but each of them was incredibly deserving; recognised for their understanding, ability to motivate and lead by example, calm temperament and for consistently delivering results, among many other outstanding attributes.

So to the winners themselves, then:

Robert Henderson from The Doyle Collection was named Inspirational IT Leader of the Year and presented with his award by Andy Tierney; Barry Dawson from Interstate Hotels and Resorts took home the award for Inspirational Financial Leader of the Year, presented by Mark Edwards; Joi Izilein from The Ritz Hotel was awarded Inspirational Marketeer of the Year and presented with her award by Stephen Moran; and finally, Jamie Blackmore from Langham Hotels was named Inspirational Revenue Management Leader of the Year and presented with his award by Adrienne Hanna.

As in previous years, the Inspirational Leader Awards took place following our HOSPACE conference at the Royal Lancaster London on 28th November, a particular highlight in our events calendar. In the run-up to the event, members were asked to nominate the

leaders they felt had made the biggest impact in the fields of IT, Finance, Marketing and Revenue Management.


We always look forward to these awards. With so much hard work being carried out each and every day, they’re a fantastic way to recognise those people who have made a real impact in their field, those people who may otherwise be classed as an ‘unsung hero’.

It’s an incredible honour to be recognised so highly by one’s colleagues and team members and the nominations this year were no exception, so a huge well done and congratulations to all our winners; I think you’ll agree that they should all be very proud.

We should recognise too that these awards are so much more than just an ‘award’. Having your name announced can add that extra step up for so many people, opening doors and opportunities.

Speaking of opportunities, with 2020 now in full swing, we are busy planning our member’s events for the coming year. We have some exciting plans which we are looking forward to sharing with you.

Jane Pendlebury

HOSPA CEO

jane.pendlebury@hospa.org

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