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Congratulations to HOSPA ‘Learners of the Year 2017’ < back

Written by Debra Adams

The 2017 ‘Learners of the Year’ for HOSPA’s Professional Development Programmes in Financial Management and Revenue Management were announced at the Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday 25th January 2018 at the Hilton on Park Lane, London.

The two outstanding learners, who gained the highest combined course work and examination results for 2017, were; Monika Hyde, Management Accounts Assistant, Quay Hotel & Spa, Conwy, Wales, for Financial Management; and David Clancy, General Manager, Leonardo Edinburgh Capital Hotel, Edinburgh, for Revenue Management. Both recipients were presented with specially engraved glass trophies, sponsored by Core Recruitment, and complimentary day delegate spaces for HOSPACE2018, at the HOSPA Annual Learner Awards Ceremony – a stand-alone celebration, sponsored by MRK Associates and dedicated to the achievements of HOSPA learners.

Financial Management Learner of the Year

Monika Hyde, winner of the ‘Overall Learner of the Year’ award for Financial Management, joined the hospitality industry in 2008, when after completing a Masters in Tourism & Recreation, she started working as a Food and Beverage Assistant at the Quay Hotel & spa in Wales. She soon moved to the Reception Department and within two years was promoted to Assistant Reception Manager.

In 2011 Monika secured a position as Accounts Assistant in the Finance Department where she has been working since. Monika says that the HOSPA course has helped her to develop further within her job role and has enabled her to undertake more senior tasks and progress in the past year.  She hopes that the course will help her achieve the role of Financial Controller in the future, where she can take full charge of finance department within the hospitality industry.

Revenue Management Learner of the Year

David Clancy, winner of the ‘Overall Learner of the Year’ award for Revenue Management, was initially considering a career in business and accounting after studying Mathematics and Geography at Glasgow University. However, he was convinced that he wanted a career in hospitality, and more specifically as a General Manager, whilst working at a nearby country house hotel.

After completing a yearlong graduate management programme with Portland Hotels (PHM), David secured the position of Front Office Manager at PHM’s airport hotel in Aberdeen where he stayed for 18 months, leading a team of 20.  It was during this time that he was introduced to some revenue management concepts and techniques by the General Manager. David received Revenue Management training through HIT Scotland and Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and was soon offered a General Manager’s position within a small city centre hotel in Edinburgh where he became more involved in room revenue decisions. These experiences led him to his current role as General Manager at The Leonardo Edinburgh Capital Hotel, a full service 3-star hotel where David leads a team of 70.

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