The winners of the 2014 ‘Career Investment Development Scholarships’ of HOSPA – the UK’s leading educational organisation for hospitality professionals involved in Financial Management, Revenue Management and IT – were announced yesterday (20 November) at HOSPA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition, HOSPACE 2014, held at the Sofitel Hotel, London Heathrow at Terminal 5.

The 2014 HOSPA Career Investment Development Scholarship winners are: Lee Buchanan, distribution manager, The Hotel Collection; Sven Wiegand, assistant financial controller, Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living; Alexander King, front of house manager at Granta Centre (due to open in April 2015), Cambridge; Robert McCluskey, financial controller, De Vere Village Urban Resorts, Maidstone; Dominik Flatten, studying for a BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management at University of Brighton; Harry Davis, a BSc (Hons) undergraduate in in Hosptality Management at University of Plymouth; Karolina Tarnauskaite, studying for a BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management at Bournemouth University; Kasia Serafin, a BSc (Hons) undergraduate in International Tourism Management at Oxford Brookes University; Lyubomir Stamboliyski, studying for a BSc (Hons) in International Tourism Management at Oxford Brookes University; Tatiana Ivanova, a BSc (Hons) undergraduate in International Hospitality Management at University of Plymouth; Tianyue Qiu, studying for a BSc (Hons) in International Hospitality Management at University of Surrey; and Torben Kock, a BA (Hons) undergraduate in international Hospitality Management at University of Brighton.

The winners – all under 30 years of age – were nominated by: Paul Nisbett, chief financial officer, The Hotel Collection; David Nicolson, regional director of finance – Europe, Jumeirah Group; Jane Scott, HOSPA programmes co-ordinator; Helen Atkinson, principal lecturer, School of Sport and Service Management, University of Brighton; Craig Wight, programme leader, Hospitality Management, Plymouth University; Crispin Farbrother, hospitality programme leader, School of Tourism, Bournemouth University; Cathy Burgess, senior lecturer in Financial Management, The Oxford School of Hospitality Management, Oxford Brookes University; Kate Ringham, senior lecturer in Financial Management, The Oxford School of Hospitality Management, Oxford Brookes University; Susan Horner, senior lecturer in Hospitality Management, School of Tourism & Hospitality, Plymouth University; and Peter Alcott, International Hospitality Management course leader, University of Surrey.

All the 2014 HOSPA scholarship winners won the opportunity to learn from, be noticed and publicly recognised at yesterday’s prestigious annual HOSPACE 2014 Conference and Exhibition. In addition, they attended last night’s Gala Dinner and will be profiled in HOSPA’s monthly magazine ‘The Overview’.

Indeed Torben Koch was the fitting winner of a HOSPACE 2014 prize raffle, receiving a signed copy of the recently published second edition of ‘Essential financial techniques for hospitality managers – a practical approach’ by Cathy Burgess, Senior lecturer in Financial Management at The Oxford School of Hospitality Management, Oxford Brookes University. Cathy presented the book in person to Torben.

Commenting on the scholarship winners, HOSPA Chief Executive Carl Weldon said: “I would like to congratulate all our 2014 HOSPA Career Investment Development Scholarship winners. It was a pleasure to welcome them to HOSPACE 2014, where they will have benefited from an excellent cutting-edge Conference and Exhibition, underpinned by HOSPA’s primary objective of providing information, education and inspiration.

"I’m confident that HOSPACE 2014 will have given this talented mix of hospitality students – and those at the beginning of their careers in hospitality finance, revenue management and IT – an invaluable platform for enhancing learning and networking with top industry experts, whilst gaining recognition from the hospitality profession at large. The awards confirm HOSPA’s ongoing commitment to the future of the industry.”