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The Master Innholders elects five new members

30 May 2008 by

The Master Innholders, an association of leading hoteliers founded 30 years ago, has elected five new members.

The group, currently chaired by Andrew McKenzie, managing director of the Vineyard at Stockcross and the Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa, now numbers more than 100.

This year's new intake is made up of:

Francis Green, general manager at the Landmark Hotel in London. He was conference and banqueting manager at the Grosvenor House throughout the 1980s and manager of the Royal Lancaster Hotel for five years before opening the Landmark Hotel 12 years ago.

Jason Harding, general manager at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester. He has worked for the Rocco Forte Collection for nine years, at the Balmoral, Edinburgh and the St David's in Cardiff before taking up his present position.

Michael Purtill, general manager at the Four Seasons, Canary Wharf. He was general manager of the Ashdown Park Hotel for several years, then opened the Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire in 2004 before moving to Canary Wharf last year.

Paul Sadler, general manager of Calcot Manor in Gloucestershire. He became general manager in 1988 and a director five years ago. He is vice-chairman of the St Julian Scholars, the alumnae organisation for graduates of the Master Innholder Scholarships.

Jonathan Raggett, managing director of Red Carnation Hotels. He joined the current AA Small Hotel Group of the Year 10 years ago and has built up the business into a group of boutique five- and four-star hotels.

The new members will be presented with certificates at a ceremony on 3 June.

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