Three of London's leading female hoteliers have joined forces to create a new body to encourage more women to make it to the top of the industry.
Leading Ladies of London intends to create a voice for women within five-star hotels. Meeting six times a year, it will provide networking opportunities with other like-minded executive female groups and mentor future stars of the industry.
The founder members are all general managers in five-star hotels in the capital - Debrah Dhugga (pictured) of Dukes, Anna-Marie Dowling of the Royal Horseguards and Theresa Maw of the Renaissance London Chancery Court.
Dhugga said that Leading Ladies aimed to inspire other women to achieve their maximum potential. "We're not suggesting that it is any more difficult for women to reach the top within London hospitality, as we're living examples of those that have been successful. It's just less common to see a female GM than a male in that position."
Dowling said that the five-star market, which has traditionally attracted senior male leaders, could be challenging for women. "By having a panel that women leaders can relate to, get support and share best thinking with, we hope we can guarantee talented female hoteliers will continue to make a difference to the future of the hotel industry," she added.
Leading Ladies of London is inviting women who head five-star hotels in the capital or are leading thinkers and figures in the hospitality industry to join them. For further information, contact Claudine Roth on 020 7491 4840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Janet Harmer
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