Stuart Bowery, general manager at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, has been announced as the new chairman of the Master Innholders.
Bowery, who has been a Master Innholder since 2007, has taken over from Jonathan Raggett, managing director of Red Carnation Hotels, to lead the group of recognised hoteliers into its 39th year.
He will be supported by the Master Innholders executive committee and newly-appointed vice-chairman Danny Pecorelli, managing director of Exclusive Hotels and Venues.
Bowery was appointed general manager of the 494-bedroom, five-AA-star Grosvenor House in May 2011 and before that had spent most of his career within the Marriott International brand. He then joined the Master Innholders executive committee in 2012 and was named 2013 Hotelier of the Year by The Caterer.
Over the past two years Raggett has worked with the committee and board to reinvigorate the organisation's communications strategy and champion the Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma and Master Innholder Scholarships, which fund and support the career progression of professionals within the hospitality industry.
Bowery said: "I am honoured to become the new chairman and I look forward to leading the finest hoteliers in the country through a very exciting time. My focus for the next two years is to work with the executive committee to promote and grow the Master Innholders membership with hoteliers who actively give back to the industry and deliver excellence on all levels. I also look forward to forging strong links with the Worshipful Company of Innholders."
Raggett added: "It's been a great honour and privilege to be chairman. I'm very proud that over the last two years we've seen the continued success of the Aspiring Leaders Diploma, a record number of applications for our Master Innholder Scholarships and the annual General Managers Conference, which continues to be at the forefront of industry trends, strategy and leadership. I'd like to extend my thanks to the Executive Committee for their support, commitment and passion during my term. I look forward to supporting our new chairman in a similar way."
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