Samantha Rieu scooped the General Manager of the Future award, presented in conjunction with the Master Innholders, at the Independent Hotel Show last month. The hotel operations manager at the five-red-AA-star, 87-bedroom Dukes London hotel tells Janet Harmer why, as a working mother, she wants to be a role model for future generations
What was your reaction on being named General Manager of the Future?
I was thrilled and delighted to receive the award, especially as this recognition of my potential comes from the Master Innholders. It is a true honour to be acknowledged by such a prestigious institution. It is clearly impossible to know why I was successful among such a strong group of nominees – all of whom are future rising stars. But this has certainly given me the confidence and pride to share with others that you can be a successful hospitality professional as well as a mum. I want to thank my team. Together we have achieved so much over the past two years and our journey continues.
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