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21 December 2015

HOSPA Award Winners Announced!

Debra Adams, Head of Professional Development at arena4finance and HOSPA attended the HOSPA Annual Awards Lunch on 17th December in London where the winners of the prestigious Annual ‘Hospitality Finance, Revenue Management and IT Awards of the Year 2015’ were announced – the UK’s leading educational organisation for professionals involved in Financial Management, Revenue Management and IT within the hospitality industry.

At the 2015 HOSPA Annual Christmas Awards Luncheon – held in the capital at The Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square – the winners of the major HOSPA ‘2015 Hospitality Professionals Awards’; the ‘2015 HOSPA Professional Development Employer of the Year‘; and the ‘2015 HOSPA Outstanding Learner of the Year Awards’, were honoured. In addition, the highest achieving 2015 HOSPA Education and Training Programme (ETP) learners in Financial Management and Revenue Management – announced in November – were presented with their cash prizes and certificates.

The 2015 HOSPA Winners – all recipients of engraved crystal trophies and certificates – were:

1. HOSPA Hospitality Professionals Award Winners 2015:

  • ‘HOSPA Hospitality Finance Professional 2015’, sponsored by BDO, was awarded to Roberto Amodei, Area Director of Finance UK and Ireland, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
  • ‘HOSPA Hospitality Revenue Management Professional 2015’, sponsored by IDeaS, was presented to Paula Daly, Revenue Team Manager, Malmaison & Hotel du Vin.
  • ‘HOSPA Hospitality IT Professional 2015’, sponsored by FourteenIP, was won by Peter Anderson, Group Technical Director, Soho House and Co.

2. Recipient of the ‘HOSPA Professional Development Employer of the Year 2015’, in recognition of outstanding commitment in promoting and developing Financial Management and Revenue Management education in the hospitality industry: Principal Hayley

Principal Hayley was delighted to have received the prestigious award. Gail Hunter, Principal Hayley’s Group Human Relations Director, said: “Our training strategy supports the development of colleagues at all levels of the business – we aim to provide our colleagues with the appropriate skills and knowledge to achieve excellence in their role. HOSPA is our preferred training provider as they provide us with professional training and qualifications to support our in-house training. Finance and Revenue management are essential disciplines to a successful business, and PH Hotels recognise this by investing in our teams. There are tremendous benefits for both our business and our colleagues – by way of professional career development and progression, and colleague engagement.”

3. HOSPA ‘Outstanding Learner of the Year Award’ winners 2015 for the Association’s Education and Training Programmes (ETP) in Financial Management, and Revenue Management:

  • ‘HOSPA Outstanding Learner of the Year in Financial Management 2015’ – based on HOSPA Education and Training Programme (ETP) combined course work and examination results, recorded in the 2015 Financial Management Education programmes – was presented to Alan Eaton, Financial Controller, Eynsham Hall Hotel at Witney, Oxfordshire, who achieved the highest result overall.He received a crystal trophy and a Connect 8 inch Tablet with Windows 10, plus Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Mobile included. Alan also won acash prize and certificate for best performance in the September 2015 HOSPA ETP examinations in Financial Management for Stage 1: Introduction to Financial Accounting.
  • ‘HOSPA Outstanding Learner of the Year in Revenue Management 2015’ – based on HOSPA Education and Training Programme (ETP) combined course work and examination results, recorded in the 2015 Revenue Management Education programmes – was won by Stephanie Carvell, Group Revenue Support Manager, Bespoke Hotels, who achieved the highest result overall. Her prize was a crystal trophy and a Connect 8 inch Tablet with Windows 10, plus Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Mobile included. Stephanie also won a cash prize and certificate for best performance in the March 2015 HOSPA ETP examinations in Revenue Management for Stage 1: Introduction to Revenue Management.

In addition, the 2015 Hospitality Financial Management and Revenue Management ETP highest achieving learners, announced by HOSPA in November, were presented with their certificates and cash prizes. The winners were the learners who achieved the highest HOSPA ETP scores, based on their results in each of the HOSPA examination categories for the Financial Management and Revenue Management training programmes, completed in March 2015 and September 2015.

The HOSPA ETP 2015 Learner Award Winners were:

The March 2015 HOSPA Financial Management Education and Training Programme prize winners were:

  • Stage 1 – Introduction to Financial Accounting: Sam Willetts, Transaction Management Assistant, Jurys Inn Birmingham
  • Stage 2 – Operational Management Accounting: Olivier Wentzke, Senior Finance Assistant, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
  • Stage 3 – Strategic Management Accounting: Nina Fleischle, Assistant Director of Finance, Sheraton Zurich Hotel, Switzerland

The September 2015 HOSPA Financial Management Education and Training Programme prize winners were:

  • Stage 1 – Introduction to Financial Accounting: Alan Eaton, Financial controller, Eynsham Hall Hotel at Witney, Oxfordshire
  • Stage 2 – Operational Management Accounting: Sam Willetts, Transaction Management Assistant, Jurys Inn Birmingham
  • Stage 3 – Strategic Management Accounting: Eva Stranakova, Accounts Department, Hotel Imperial, Vienna, Austria

The March 2015 HOSPA Revenue Management Education and Training Programme prize winners were:

  • Stage 1: Introduction to Revenue Management: Stephanie Carvell, Group Revenue Support Manager, Bespoke Hotels
  • Stage 2: Operational Revenue Management: Marisa Palmero, Cluster Revenue Executive, Malmaison and Hotel du Vin

The September 2015 HOSPA Revenue Management Education and Training Programme prize winners were:

  • Stage1: Introduction to Revenue Management: Pankaj Khanna, Value Centre General Manager, Thistle London Heathrow Terminal 5
  • Stage 2: Operational Revenue Management: Zena Carter, Revenue Manager, Farncombe Estate Holdings Ltd.
  • Stage 3: Strategic Revenue Management: Rosalyn Qemalja, Conference and Events Sales Manager, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Nottingham-Gateway

Commenting on the winning HOSPA ETP learners, Debra Adams, Head of Professional Development at HOSPA and arena4finance, said: “Special congratulations must go to our two ‘Outstanding Learners of the Year 2015’, Alan Eaton and Stephanie Carvell, for their magnificent results and commitment to their studies. Also special mention should be given to Sam Willetts, who was the highest achieving learner in two HOSPA Financial Management ETP categories.

“We have been delighted to welcome so many new learners to HOSPA’s Education and Training Programmes during 2015. The standard of achievement has been very high and we congratulate all our learners, who have successfully completed each stage of their studies during 2015. We are very proud of our prize winners who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to their careers, combining study with demanding full-time roles in the hotel and restaurant industry. Their fine achievements in the vitally important disciplines of Financial Management and Revenue Management will significantly enhance their careers and help their employers meet even more effectively today’s ever changing management challenges.”

The HOSPA Education and Training Programme (ETP) in Financial Management is the entry route to Associate membership of HOSPA for finance personnel in the industry. The programme provides professional development for hospitality accounting professionals wishing to gain additional skills and the knowledge required to manage hospitality finance divisions, or gain an understanding of the accounting function of a hospitality unit. The three-stage ‘blended learning’ programme, studied over three 6-month periods, provides the flexibility for accounts personnel to fit their learning around their busy working day.

In 2011,HOSPA introduced a hospitality focused ETP in Revenue Management. Written by leading educators in Revenue Management in the hospitality sector, in conjunction with leading industry experts, the course is designed to provide Revenue Managers of the future with the skills and knowledge required to manage their divisions, as well as to provide non-revenue personnel with a detailed knowledge of the function within a hospitality property.

Enrolment for the next intake in March 2016 – for both the Financial Management and Revenue Management programmes – is currently open. Both courses are studied in three separate Stages, each at a cost of £750 (ex VAT). For further information, visit: www.hospa.org/education; or email: education@hospa.org