01 January 2000

Cashman is to manage friendly

Peter Cashman has been promoted to managing director of Friendly Hotels, from

deputy managing director, following the retirement of Michael Thompson, one of the founders of the company.

Mr Cashman said his main priorities would be to expand the franchising side of the company and to step up the sales and marketing activities in order to boost the profile of the Comfort Inn and Quality Hotel brands.

Mr Thompson will continue to act as a consultant for at least the next two years.

John stays at food from Britain

The Government has reappointed Geoffrey John as chairman of Food From Britain, the organisation that promotes British food and drink to export markets and develops speciality products within the UK.

Mr John first became chairman in 1993 and his new contract is also for three years.

In the past Mr John was chief executive of Allied Bakeries and he is also a former chairman of the Meat and Livestock Commission.

Hirst to stay as JHIC chairman

Michael Hirst, who has completed his two-year term as chairman of the Joint Hospitality Industry Congress (JHIC), is to stay for a third year.

The aim is for Mr Hirst to see through the implementation of recommendations from the Henley Centre's report, A Vision for Hospitality into the 21st Century, which was launched by JHIC this summer.

Mr Hirst said he would also be implementing an action plan for increasing the amount of training on offer in the hospitality industry

Wentworth club appoints Scott

The Wentworth Club has appointed Helen Scott as human resources manager with a view

to increasing the training and development of staff within the organisation.

Ms Scott joins from the Cross Channel Catering Company, where she worked as an assistant human resources manager.


Michael Jenkinson, who worked in the hospitality industry for more than 60 years, died on 22 September after a short illness.

Mr Jenkinson started his career as a washer-up at the Piccadilly Hotel, London, in 1932.

Over the years he held numerous industry posts, including Middle East Command catering adviser during World War II, director and general manager of Lincoln Hotels in the 1950s, sales director of Berni Inns in the 1960s as well as proprietor of Harrogate's Evesham Hotel from the 1970s.

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