I am a managing partner of Aynsome Manor Hotel, Cartmel in the Southern Lake District. After leaving Blackpool Catering College in 1982 with an HND in hotel and catering administration, I joined Swallow Hotels (Vaux Breweries) as a graduate management trainee working at Swallow Hotels in Stockton, Dundee, Durham, and Newcastle. I then joined Trust House Forte (Post Houses) as Food and Beverage Manager, in Coventry. After nearly two years, the call of the Lake District, my home region, became too strong and I joined my parents in Cartmel in 1986 as House Manager. I have been at Aynsome for nearly 30 years and married to Andrea, we have two sons at university who sadly have no interest in the industry. I am committed to the plight of small hotels with a mounting workload, staffing issues and finding a platform to be heard.