Hon Fellowship award lunch for Robin Sheppard

Tuesday June 04, 2019

Hon Fellowship award lunch for Robin Sheppard
Chairman of the Institute of Hospitality

Tuesday 4th June 2019
Royal Garden Hotel (Park Terrace room), South Kensington
12.15pm - 14.30pm

 An Honorary Fellowship has been awarded by the Society to a distinguished representative of the hospitality industry, Robin Sheppard, and will be presented to him at a lunch organised by the Tourism Consultants Network.

This is the eighth such event and they're always convivial and instructive occasions, giving a personal insight into how successful entrepreneurs have achieved their success. The venue is especially attractive and well-suited to this type of occasion which allows plenty of time for networking. A tribute to Robin Sheppard's achievements will be delivered by Board Member Mike Jones FTS, and Mr Sheppard will respond and take questions. Space is limited, so please don't leave your booking to the last minute.

Prices, to include two courses, two drinks, coffee, water and service:

  • TCN and TS members: £49.50
  • Guests: £55 

Robin Sheppard (adapted from Boutique Hotel News and The Caterer)

Having been an active member of the Institute of Hoteliers for 35 years, Robin Sheppard has now taken up the role of chairman at a time when the Institute has expanded to encompass more than 100 countries around the world. Having recently entered its 80th year, the Institute offers wide-ranging professional development opportunities to its members, alongside promoting quality standards across the industry through awards, training programmes, and qualifications.

"We are delighted to welcome Robin to the fold," said Peter Ducker, chief executive of the Institute. "He has long been a vocal and active member of the organisation, and we have no doubt will take the Institute and its members to new heights in the coming years, not least with regards to his passion for accessible tourism and inclusive hotel design."

As chairman of Bespoke Hotels, Robin Sheppard has grown the business... into one of the largest privately owned hotel groups in the UK. The business was launched in 2001 to manage and inject value into the often overlooked regional mid-market hotel sector. Today, Bespoke has burgeoned into a business that, while predominately focused on UK hotel management (with such stellar properties as the five-red-AA-star, 80-bedroom Chester Grosvenor), is represented in 18 countries, with hotels as far-flung as Barbados, Ukraine and Australia. In total, the company represents more than 200 hotels, with 9,000 employees and £1.5b worth of assets under management or marketing agreements. Recently, Bespoke has taken a financial stake in a small number of properties, including one of its most high profile to date, the 60-bedroom Hotel Gotham in Manchester, which it operates under a 30-year lease with building company Marshall CDP.

A determined entrepreneurial streak has ensured success for Sheppard through the four decades he has worked in the hospitality industry. At the same time, he is one of the most engaging of hoteliers, who has said the most irritating thing about the industry is “hotels that take themselves more seriously than their customers”.

After studying hotel administration, Sheppard entered the industry at the Adelphi in Liverpool, then part of British Transport Hotels, before working up to his first general manager role, at the age of 27, at Bodysgallen hotel, Llandudno, Wales. Other hotels he went on to manage included the Lygon Arms in Broadway, Worcestershire, the Royal Berkshire in Ascot, Berkshire, and the Bath Spa in Bath.


Venue Information

Royal Garden Hotel
2-24 Kensington High St

W8 4PT

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