We are delighted to report that our colleague and friend, Cathy Burgess was recently honoured with the award of Honorary Fellowship for the Council of Hospitality Management Educators (CHME) at their recent annual conference hosted by the School of Tourism and Hospitality at Bournemouth University. The award was made in recognition of her huge contribution to teaching, practice and research to academia and the wider hospitality industry and was presented by Debra Adams, Head of Professional Development at HOSPA and arena4finance.
Professor Paul Barron from Napier University and Chair at CHME explained:
‘‘We at CHME have the honour of presenting the award of Fellowship of the Council to a few select people every year as a means of recognising their contribution to Hospitality Management and Education. This year we made only one such Fellowship and are especially proud to present Cathy with this award in light of her continued support of hospitality education.’
As many members will know, Cathy has been involved with HOSPA for almost 35 years, having joined a membership of less than 100 in what was then the British Association of Hotel (and then Hospitality) Accountants. She was Treasurer of the Association for some years, and later became membership officer. When BAHA became HOSPA in 2014 she continued as a Director until a couple of years ago and remains a member of the Professional Development group where she has been involved in the development and launch of the HOSPA Revenue Management courses as well as taking an active role in overseeing the ongoing updates to the HOSPA Financial Management courses. In recognition of her service to HOSPA she was elected an Honorary Fellow.
Cathy started her career with an HND in Hospitality Management at Leeds Polytechnic and then spent thirteen years in various operational and financial positions within the hotel and catering industries. Her later industry appointments were as a financial controller with the Marriott Corporation and Thistle Hotels, before joining Oxford Brookes University to teach financial management and supervise research projects to degree and masters levels students.
Her research interests include the role of the hotel controller, stakeholders and middle managers, and corporate entrepreneurship. Much of her research has been conducted using the BAHA/HOSPA members, either through a five-yearly survey or by talking to individuals about their experiences and opinions of the industry. This work contributed to her being awarded an MPhil and then a PhD in 2015.
Cathy has always been passionate about developing students finance skills to help them to become better managers, without the need to be `good at accounts’. She wrote the popular text ‘Essential Financial Techniques for Hospitality Managers’ (2014, Goodfellow Publishing), a `how to' book designed for practicing managers in industry, as well as several management guides for the Institute of Hospitality
Her recent (semi) retirement means that she has been able to spend more time trying to ignore the weeds in her beautiful garden in the Cotswolds.
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