Chris Upton has been named the new chairman of HOSPA, the association for finance, revenue management and IT in hospitality.
Previously deputy chairman, he succeeds Paul Drake who steps down due to ill health after seven years in the role.
Upton runs a consultancy practice, CU Associates, and was a founder and non-executive director of Pod Food and co-founded portable hotel concept Snoozebox.
Commenting on being made chairman, Upton said: "It is an honour to follow Paul Dukes as Chairman of HOSPA. Under his guidance we have seen HOSPA develop out of the single discipline association of BAHA into a successful association catering for hospitality professionals, not only in finance, but also in the equally important growth areas of revenue management and IT."
"I look forward to working with the team at HOSPA led by Carl Weldon, our chief executive, to build upon these strong foundations to ensure that HOSPA becomes an integral part of our members' professional lives."
HOSPA chief executive Carl Weldon added: "We are delighted that Chris Upton, who has been such an excellent deputy to Paul Dukes, is to be the new chairman of HOSPA; and we welcome David Nicolson and Paul Nisbett to their new roles. We are very fortunate to have such a high calibre and experienced team of professionals leading our association into the next exciting phase of its growth and development.
"HOSPA would like to offer a very big 'thank you' to Paul Dukes for his immense contribution, dedication and commitment to the association at such a momentous time in its development."