Diane Miller Brooks FIH MI 1959 - 2017

16 May 2017diane_miller

Stuart Bowery FIH MI, chairman of the Master Innholders, pays tribute to Diane Miller Brooks

It is with sadness I advise that Diane Miller (Brooks) passed away at home in Glasgow on Wednesday 10 May.

Diane Miller was the first solo female president of the HCIMA (now the Institute of Hospitality) from 1996 – 1997 (as Doris Hatfield was co-President with Nat Abrahams when the HCIMA was formed in 1972). 

Diane was recognised as a Master Innholder and made a Freeman of the City of London in 1997.

Diane was a graduate of the Scottish Hotel School at Strathclyde University, and spent over 20 years in the hospitality industry, including 11 years in Hotel General Manager positions throughout the UK.  She joined THF as a graduate trainee in 1979, and worked in the Hotels Division until she joined Scott’s Hotels - which became Whitbread - at the Heathrow/Windsor Marriott in 1993. She remained with the Marriott group, becoming GM at the Glasgow Marriott in 1997.

During her time with Marriott, she met and married Sam Brooks, and moved to live in Washington DC in 2000. While there, she qualified with a Masters Degree in Tourism at George Washington University in 2002, also having her daughter Alicia while studying. She continued to work on a part- time basis on various project management schemes including the development and opening of a successful catering business in Alexandria VA. She was heavily involved throughout with local charity events and volunteer work, while also improving her golf handicap.

Diane sat on the HCIMA Strategic Review Working Group in 2003-2005, representing not only the overseas members, but also in her capacity as a past-President. She was a key contributor throughout the review, which led to major governance and structural changes within the HCIMA, as well as to the proposal to change its name to the Institute of Hospitality.

Diane returned to Glasgow in August 2016, and died after a short illness. She is survived by her daughter Alicia and her brothers Graham and Elliott.

Those who may wish to convey messages of condolences to Alicia and her family may address them to:

Elliott Miller

19 Humble Lawns


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Herald Scotland announcement and funeral details

1998 article from The Caterer