Thames Valley

Thames Valley 2021-06-23T11:42:01+01:00

Welcome to the Thames Valley Branch

The Institute of Hospitality Thames Valley Branch was set up with the main purpose of supporting our members from West London all the way to Gloucestershire. Our vision is built on 5 core values (our DNA) that aim to inspire the Hospitality Industry to have a sense of purpose in an engaged, exciting and social environment whilst staying true to our DNA.

Our DNA:

Support the Local Community
By hosting a range of local initiatives throughout the year (Fundraising, Sustainability, etc) we aim to support our local communities as well as our members in our common goals.

Working together
Through a two way collaboration with the other Branches, we will create a platform for IoH members to gain from a wealth of varied experiences at both an international and local level.

Financially Sustainable
We aspire to fund our Branch through Sponsorship and to re-invest any financial surplus into our needs in the professional development of our members.

Building our Brand
As well as continuous development, our branch will be known for it’s high quality, credibility and promotion of diversity and inclusion in all sectors. We want our members to feel proud to be part of the Thames Valley Branch and the wider IoH.

Engagement and Membership
We promise to engage with our current members as well as attract new members by demonstrating the professional development and networking opportunities that the IoH has to offer.

As an educational Charity, we will engage with Local Colleges and Universities to promote Hospitality as a career choice and to raise the profile of our Industry .

We welcome any industry sponsors that share our vision and DNA, please contact us directly to join us on this journey.

Keep up to date with Branch news and events by following us on Twitter: @IoHThamesValley

Francisco Macedo FIH
Branch Chair

Branch Committee Contacts

Contact Position Email Address
Francisco Macedo FIH Branch Chair
Leanne Earnshaw MIH Branch Co-Vice Chair
Mark Taylor FIH Branch Co-Vice Chair
Giovanna Grossi FIH Branch Membership Officer
Robert Ledward-Smith FIH Treasurer
Sarah Powell MIH Secretary
Sean Wheeler FIH Committee Member

Branch Events

Watch | Past IoH Thames Valley Branch events

Now You See Me : Tips For Your Virtual Interview

From quiz nights to family get togethers we are all becoming more familiar with virtual platforms. Our traditions and norms have been moved online, and this is no different as we face new challenges in a reopening industry and look to succeed at interview. From becoming a lighting pro to a technical whizz on sound, join us for a Q & A with film maker Leon Silavant from Front Row Video. This masterclass took place over Zoom with Leanne Earnshaw MIH asking for tips on some of the common questions that we all want to know.

This event was held on 3 March 2021.

Why You’re Not Just a ‘Team Player’ – Cultivating Your Personal Brand

This webinar held on 22 April 2021, aims to guide you through the do’s and don’ts of post Covid-19 recruitment. Our panel give advice on how to brand yourself on your CV and LinkedIn profile and more crucially how to maintain and cultivate your brand for the future. Watch the video to hear valuable advice from:

  • Salvatore Fernandez FIH – Managing Partner at Antal International
  • Dee Aylett-Smith – Head of National Competitions and Careers at World Skills UK
  • Jennifer Laarberg – HR Manager, Iconic Hotels.

Demystifying Diversity in the Workplace

The IoH Thames Valley branch held this webinar to celebrate LGBTQ+ Awareness Month on 9 June 2021

The session focuses on Transgender & Nonbinary colleagues as being part of the LGBTQ+ community, as they get less airtime and can be less understood.