Hotelier Ted Beale, a leading light in the hospitality trade during the 1950s and 1960s, has died, aged 94.
He served as chairman of the Caterers' Association between 1949 and 1952, and as president of International Horeca between 1954 and 1964. He helped found the Hotel & Catering Institute (now HCIMA), of which he was vice-chairman, while his stint as deputy chairman for the British Tourist Authority won him a CBE in 1966.
Beale was one of the sixth generation involved in family business Beale's, which was set up in 1769 and now owns The Firs in north London, Hatfield Lodge hotel at Hatfield in Hertfordshire, and West Lodge Park hotel in Hadley Wood, Greater London. He leaves a son, Trevor, and grandson, Andrew.