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HOSPA welcomes new addition to its board with more than 25 years of hospitality experience

HOSPA, the Hospitality Professionals Association, is delighted to welcome seasoned hospitality professional, William Gibbs to its board as it looks to call upon his wealth of industry knowledge.

Currently Hotels Director at Sir Richard Sutton Limited (SRSL) and last year’s winner of HOSPA’s ‘Inspirational Leader - Asset Management Project’ award, William will be looking to bring his rich skillset to the table, developed over an impressive hospitality career of more than 25 years.

William has held a variety of senior leadership roles across some of the UK’s most reputable hospitality outlets — including The Hotel Collection, Westmont Hospitality Group, The Dorchester and Hamilton Hotel Partners. Now, alongside his role at SRSL, he will be looking to strengthen the offering of one of the UK’s foremost authoritative voices in hospitality.

As part of this new venture, he will utilise his strategic vision to support HOSPA’s CEO, Jane Pendlebury, and her team to establish long-term goals and priorities, ensuring its activities are aligned with the needs of the industry and its members.

Commenting on his new position, William said: “I am absolutely delighted to join the board of HOSPA and to offer my expertise for the betterment of its members. It has been an organisation close to my heart ever since I started as a trainee accountant in Le Meridien Hotels, and it helped me in my career as I moved up the ladder in finance and across into operations. HOSPA has opened so many doors either through contacts that have become business partners or colleagues that I have worked with. I feel that this is now my chance to be able to give back to the organisation by utilising my board and leadership experience from SRSL.”

HOSPA is dedicated to helping specialist leaders develop their careers and network, as well as keep up to date with industry trends and developments. Offering a wide and growing range of opportunities for members, it delivers an extensive calendar of networking meetings and webinars — with the most notable of the year being HOSPACE, taking place this year on the 16th November at the Royal Lancaster London.

Jane Pendlebury, CEO of HOSPA, added: “We’re all delighted to have William join us as our newest board member. This is a really exciting time for the sector and his expertise will be instrumental in making sure HOSPA puts its best foot forward in the ever-changing landscape of hospitality. We will look to lean on his strategic expertise and anticipate some really exciting developments over the coming years — in which William will undoubtedly play a big part!”

William continued: “I believe that HOSPA plays an important part in the continuous development of its members, and I look forward to looking at ways in which we can grow the influence of the association and keep it forward-thinking. I am passionate about hospitality, and I feel privileged to be joining the board of an organisation that has such a positive influence on our industry.”

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