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HIT Fellows join the Institute of Hospitality

Posted on 18 February, 2019

39 new fellows celebrate at the fellows dinner

HIT MD Jill Whittaker and London Operations Manager Simon Lewis had the honor and privilege of being welcomed into the Institute’s Fellowship community last week.

They were joined by 208 other guests including 39 new fellows at The Savoy Hotel for the Institute of Hospitality annual fellows' dinner

The great and the good of the UK hospitality industry were out in force for the Institute of Hospitality Fellows’ Dinner. New Fellows were presented with certificates by the Institute’s chief executive Peter Ducker FIH, president Alastair Storey MBE FIH, and chairman Robin Sheppard FIH.

Peter Ducker FIH said: “The Fellows Dinner is always a high spot in our calendar. This year it felt extra special. The Savoy Hotel were absolutely on top of their game, food and service were superb, and of course the Ballroom is just such a beautiful venue.

It was also a special event because we introduced 39 new Fellows – half of our 2018 intake to the College of Fellows. With an average age of 46 there was a real feeling that the new generation of leaders are taking their place.”

The Fellows’ Dinner 2019 took place at The Savoy, London, on Tuesday evening (12 February).

View full photo album from the night



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Andrew Mosedale - Group HR Manager, Brend Hotels

Our partnership with HIT has certainly made recruitment much easier in a very difficult labour market and gives us a point of difference in an increasingly competitive environment.  Kew Green has also benefited enormously from well trained, skilled and competent staff who contribute significantly to the ever improving and high levels of customer experience that our guests expect and deserve.

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Alex Taylor - Training Manager, Harrison Catering Services

We chose HIT as our training provider not only because of their specialist knowledge of the hospitality industry, but also because of their genuine passion for our brand and their understanding of our company culture. We believe that they can deliver our training to a very high standard whilst passing on our company ethos and values. Their attention to detail is second to none.

Charlotte Thoms, Talent Manager, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

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