The GM of the Future Award is presented to an individual who shows promise to fulfil the role of a Hotel GM (or equivalent) in the future. The award has been created in partnership with the Master Innholders to recognise individuals from independently spirited hotels in the UK for their personal and professional development in the hotel industry, their ‘extra mile’ attitude and commitment to becoming a future leader to inspire others.

This award will be judged by the Master Innholders and nominations must include an endorsement from a line manager. 

Voting is now closed, the winners will be announced on Tuesday 15 October at the show.

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  • Adam Hersey

    Adam Hersey

    Operations Manager at the Barns Hotel

    Having joined the hospitality industry at the age of 20 as a Hall Porter, Adam has worked hard to learn and experience each and every department in hotels. He has since increased his skills, experience and relevant qualifications and as a result, enjoyed a succession of promotions in a range of hotels from small family owned properties to a large corporate hotel. Adam is currently Operations Manager at the Barns Hotel in Bedford, a property in the Vineyard Group.

  • Jeremy Whitworth

    Jeremy Whitworth

    Deputy General Manager at The Montagu Arms Beaulieu

    Jeremy began his career at Careys Manor Hotel in 2010, as a Chef de Rang. During his time there, he implemented several new service standards and seized every opportunity to develop his skill set, completing various training courses and rising through the ranks to the role of Assistant Hotel Manager. Currently, he is the Deputy General Manager of the Montagu Arms, as well as an ambassador of the hospitality and catering department at Brockenhurst College, where he gives inspiring talks to new apprentices.

  • Samantha Rieu

    Samantha Rieu

    Hotel Operations Manager at Dukes London

    After graduation, Samantha joined Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in the USA on an 18 months Leadership Development Programme, which taught her core leadership skills as well as the art of negotiation. During her career, Samantha has developed her experience and passion for management by working in various departments within operations in 5-star luxury properties such as Fairmont, The Savoy Hotel, Harvey Nichols, and now at Dukes London as Hotel Operations Manager.

  • Simone Hopman

    Simone Hopman

    Rooms Division Manager at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

    Simone entered the industry through a graduate scheme, in which afterwards, she held progressive roles in Food and Beverage at properties, such as the InterContinental, and the Barclay in New York. After joining the Athenaeum in 2016 as Front of House Manager, Simone guided her team through a multimillion-pound renovation, implementing a paperless front desk, and assisted in achieving a £20 rate increase. Simone was rewarded with a recent promotion to Rooms Division Manager for the Athenaeum Hotel and Residences in April 2019.

  • Tamsyn Mann

    Tamsyn Mann

    Guest Relations Manager at Calcot Hotel and Spa

    Tamsyn's first taste of hospitality came at the age of ten when she helped her parents in their pub, polishing tables. After completing her degree, Tamsyn worked for the Way family in South Devon in two of their extremely busy hotels and the time spent with them gave her a fantastic grounding in many areas of hotel management. Although Tamsyn's hotel management experience happened in a relatively short time, last year she was offered the Guest Relations Manager role at Calcot Hotel and Spa.