The Southern Branch of the Institute of Hospitality celebrated the success of the region’s students with achievement awards at a lavish ceremony at the beautiful Lainston House Hotel near Winchester earlier this month. There were seven participating colleges from Dorset and Hampshire. The winner of the 2013 Southern Branch Student Achievement Award went to Chloe Watkins from Bournemouth & Poole College, and the joint runners-up were Jayne Wilkinson from City College Southampton and Ashley Read from Brockenhurst College.
The other finalists were Oliver Holgado (South Downs College), Haydn Mortimore (Basingstoke College of Technology), Danielle Moors (Kingston Maurward College) and Luke Radice (Highbury College). Each finalist was nominated by their college and had to submit a detailed application which included their greatest achievement, what aspects of the industry most appealed to them and what the award would do for their careers. The finalists also had to create a short video demonstrating their passion for the industry. Each then presented their video on the awards evening and then faced questions from the judges.
Mr Peter Ducker FIH, Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality, told the students and their families that he “didn't envy the job of the judges as the standards were so high!”
The branch chair, Alfredo Abad FIH, gave a speech highlighting the importance of such events. He told the students: “You are all winners here and you must be congratulated. You are the future of the industry.”
Each of the seven finalists received a framed certificate and a glass trophy. In addition, the winner and runners up received a year’s membership to the Institute and a master class at Lainstone house Hotel and Chewton Glen Hotel. The awards were presented by Peter Ducker who said: “Such an event is fantastic for the industry and it is great to reward such efforts from our hospitality students’.
The judging panel consisted of Antonio Lopez-Bustos, General Manager of the Lainston House Hotel, Patsy Morgan, Senior Lecturer in Cruise Tourism at Southampton Solent University and Jon Rook, Director at Panache Consultancy, who specialise in hospitality management consultancy.