The 2016 ‘Outstanding Overall Hospitality Financial Management and Revenue Management Learners of the Year’ announced by HOSPA at the Association’s very first dedicated HOSPA Annual Student Awards Ceremony, sponsored by MRK Associates
Also awards presented to the highest achieving prize-winning learners in each category of HOSPA’s 2016 Professional Development Programmes in Financial and Revenue Management
Final Award of the Ceremony: ‘HOSPA Outstanding Company Commitment to Professional Development’ won by Hilton Hotels
The 2016 ‘Outstanding Overall Learners of the Year’ for HOSPA’s hospitality focused Professional Development Programmes in Financial Management and Revenue Management were announced yesterday (25 January 2017) at the newly introduced HOSPA Annual Student Awards Ceremony – held at the Hilton on Park Lane, London.
The two recipients in question who gained the highest combined course work and examination results for 2016 in their respective Professional Development Programmes – run by HOSPA, the UK’s leading educational organisation for hospitality professionals involved in Financial Management, Revenue Management, Marketing and IT – were: Kamila Lipnicka, Accounts Assistant, Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast, Northern Ireland, for Financial Management; and Sam Jennings, Key Market Revenue Manager – South West, Whitbread – Premier Inn, for Revenue Management.
The two outstanding learners were each presented by HOSPA Professional Development Committee Chairman Professor Peter Jones MBE with a specially engraved glass trophy and a complimentary day delegate space for HOSPACE2017, at the very first HOSPA Annual Student Awards Ceremony – a stand-alone celebration, sponsored by MRK Associates and dedicated to the achievements of HOSPA learners.
The first ever HOSPA Student Awards Ceremony also saw a ‘Special Outstanding Achievement Award’ presented to Sam Willetts, Accounts Manager – Reporting, Jurys Inns. Head of HOSPA Professional Development Debra Adams explained: “We wanted to honour Sam for scoring the highest combined course work and examination results over a two-year period in all three stages of the HOSPA Professional Development Programme in Financial Management. Sam was the 2015 highest scorer in Stages 1 and 2: ‘Introduction to Financial Management’ and ‘Operational Management Accounting’, completed in March and September 2015 respectively, before completing the Financial Management grand slam in 2016 by gaining the highest score in Stage 3: ‘Strategic Management Accounting’, completed in February 2016.”
Sam Willetts – like the two overall highest HOSPA examination score achievers for 2016, Kamila Lipnicka and Sam Jennings – received a glass trophy and a complimentary delegate space at HOSPA’s prestigious annual HOSPACE2017 Conference and Exhibition, to be held on 2 November at the Lancaster London. These were not the only awards the three outstanding learners received, as between them they also won four out of the 12 additional awards on offer yesterday. They were amongst the 12 learners, who received certificates and cash prizes for achieving the highest HOSPA Professional Development Programmes’ scores, based on their results in each of the three HOSPA examination stages and levels for Financial Management and Revenue Management respectively – completed in February 2016 and August 2016.
The winners of the twelve 2016 HOSPA Professional Development Learner Awards, who each received a trophy and cash prize from Professor Peter Jones MBE, were as follows:
The February 2016 HOSPA Professional Development Programme in Financial Management prize winners were:
The August 2016 HOSPA Professional Development Programme in Financial Management prize winners were:
The February 2016 HOSPA Professional Development Programme in Revenue Management prize winners were:
The August 2016 HOSPA Professional Development Programme in Revenue Management prize winners were:
The final award presented at yesterday’s Ceremony was ‘The HOSPA Outstanding Company Commitment to Professional Development Award 2016’, which went to Hilton Hotels. Hilton’s Ricarda Both, Senior Manager, Operations Finance EMEA, received the HOSPA glass trophy on behalf of the company from Professor Peter Jones MBE. The award was made by the HOSPA Professional Development Committee, in recognition of Hilton’s outstanding commitment in promoting and developing education in the hospitality industry.
Commenting on the awards, HOSPA Chief Executive Jane Pendlebury said: “Huge congratulations to our three outstanding learners and all our prize winning highest achievers, who have each demonstrated outstanding commitment to their careers, combining study with demanding full-time roles in the hotel and restaurant industry. We are extremely proud of them. Big congratulations also go to Hilton Hotels for winning our award for ‘Outstanding Company Commitment to Professional Development’.
“We are delighted to have staged the very first HOSPA Annual Student Awards Ceremony, which has enabled us to centre on the professional development of the next generation of revenue managers and financial managers. Importantly, the event also has enabled our learners to network with industry leaders.”
Prior to the Awards Ceremony itself, the afternoon’s proceedings started with a Panel Debate – chaired by Professor Peter Jones MBE – involving expert participants discussing ‘Developing the hospitality Financial Management and Revenue Management professional – the next generation’. Those taking part included: Debra Adams; Simon Tarr, Chief Executive of People 1st; Paul Nisbett, Chair of HOSPA’s Financial Management Committee; and Michael Heyward, Chair of HOSPA’s Revenue Management Committee.
The HOSPA Professional Development Programme in Financial Management is the entry route to Associate membership of HOSPA for finance personnel in the industry. The programme provides career development for hospitality accounting professionals wishing to gain additional skills and the knowledge required to manage hospitality finance divisions, or gain an understanding of the accounting function of a hospitality unit. The three-stage ‘blended learning’ programme, studied over three 5-month periods, provides the flexibility for accounts professionals to fit their learning around their busy working day. Successful completion will significantly enhance their careers and help their employers meet even more effectively today’s ever changing management challenges.
In 2011, HOSPA introduced a Professional Development Programme in Revenue Management. Written by leading educators in revenue management in the hospitality sector, in conjunction with leading industry experts, the course is designed to provide aspiring and current revenue managers with the skills and knowledge required to manage their divisions, as well as to provide non-revenue managers with a detailed knowledge of the function within a hospitality property. The 2016 grant from the Savoy Educational Trust has enabled HOSPA to update and reposition its current Revenue Management Programme. It has allowed the individual units, within the online programme’s three levels, to be studied from 2017 in a modular format. This, in turn, is making the course more flexible – providing greater accessibility to a wider audience.
The deadline date for enrolment for the next intake is 1 March 2017 – for both the Financial Management and Revenue Management programmes. Both courses are available at three levels – Introductory, Operational and Strategic – each at a cost of £780 (ex VAT). For further information, visit: www.hospa.org/education; or email: email@example.com .
Pictured from left to right: HOSPA’s 2016 ‘Outstanding Overall Learners of the Year’: Sam Jennings, Key Market Revenue Manager – South West, Whitbread – Premier Inn, for Revenue Management, and Kamila Lipnicka, Accounts Assistant, Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast, Northern Ireland, for Financial Management. On the extreme right is ‘HOSPA Special Outstanding Achievement Award’ recipient Sam WillettsBack to News