The Institute of Hospitality has elected Tim Seward MIH as the new chair of its Southern Branch.
The election, which took place at the Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa during the IoH Southern Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 5 July 2021, saw Tim take over the reins from hotelier-turned-real estate operator, Antonio Lopez MIH.
A well-known figure in the local tourism and hospitality community, Tim will remain chair of the BH Area Hospitality Association, the network for hoteliers and other accommodation providers in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, a role he has held since March 2020.
As the new chair of the IoH Southern Branch, which covers Hampshire and Dorset, Tim will lead the way in supporting members via a combination of educational and social events, seminars, webinars and other activities designed to encourage networking, lifelong learning and continuous professional development.
Under Tim’s leadership, the Southern Branch will be looking at ways to support hospitality teams as the regional economy, heavily reliant on tourism, tackles labour and skills shortages associated with the resumption of business post-lockdown. There are plans to further strengthen links with colleges and universities in the region, as well as to bestow recognition – via a Hospitality Heroes Award — on businesses and individuals that have acted in exemplary ways during the pandemic. Two charities have already been selected to benefit from the proceeds of a charity dinner planned for February 2022, the Crumbs Project and Room to Reward.
Tim brings to his new role a deep knowledge of hospitality operations, having previously been general manager of the boutique Cliff House Hotel in Dorset and now operations manager of the Holiday Inn, Bournemouth. A recognised business and civic leader, Tim was an active executive board member of the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade for several years, and in 2016 was named an Unsung Hero in the Boutique Hotelier Power List.
Tim Seward MIH said, ‘I am delighted to become chair of the Southern Branch of the Institute of Hospitality. I look forward to carrying on the great work of the branch, but at the same time relish the opportunity to bring what I hope will be seen as fresh energy and vision.
‘We want to support our members as they emerge out of lockdown and build or rebuild their careers with the right education and training resources and opportunities. Hopefully we will be able to attract new talent into the industry and new members into the Institute through our work.’
Robert Richardson FIH, chief executive officer of the Institute of Hospitality, said, ‘In Tim, the Institute of Hospitality – Southern Branch has a fantastic new chairman with enormous passion and experience. In this stage of our evolution as a professional body, the Institute needs leaders like Tim who understand the challenges and are great at building bridges and see collaboration as essential for our industry to move forward as one hospitality family. I look forward to working closely with him in the years to come.’