New Board Appointments at The Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland

Date: 19/04/2013

One of the most recognised and respected figures in Scotland’s hospitality industry, Stephen Carter OBE, was tonight (Thursday 18th April) thanked for his enormous contribution to the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT), a Scottish based charity which raises funds to support & encourage excellence in the hospitality industry.

At the HIT Industry Dinner in Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel, Carter announced that he was stepping down as chair after 12 years at the helm of the organisation, which has raised in excess of 10million, to inspire individuals to be the best they can be within Scottish hospitality.

Paddy Crerar and Stephen Carter at Cameron House Hotel

Picture by Murdoch Ferguson

This is achieved through practical support; including bursary scholarships, emerging talent scholarships, industry events and conferences. To date, 1054 scholarships and 10,000 bursaries have been awarded by HIT to people at all stages in their careers in hospitality.

Carter, who was awarded his OBE in 2009 for services to the hospitality industry, is remaining as a trustee of HIT and will be succeeded as Chair by Paddy Crerar, who has served as a Trustee for the last 13 years. Crerar is the Chief Executive of Crerar Hotel Group Ltd which he founded in 2005 and also holds board positions with numerous charitable and public sector organisations, including VisitScotland where he is a non-executive director.

The position of Deputy Chair is being taken up by Angela Vickers, Managing Director of Apex Hotels and two new trustees are joining the Board: Ruaridh McDonald Sales and Marketing Director of McDonald Hotels and Bernard Murphy, General Manager of The Gleneagles Hotel. 

Commenting on his retirement as Chairman, Stephen Carter said: “When I first became involved in HIT, 14 years ago, hospitality wasn’t considered an attractive industry to work in and given what it has to offer and its huge contribution to the Scottish economy, this was a sad state of affairs. With some very notable exceptions, Scottish hospitality didn’t enjoy a great reputation and that was mainly because the industry had a pretty poor perception of itself.

The transformation since then has been astounding and HIT has played no small part in this. By sending our scholars to centres of excellence such as the Jumeirah International properties in Dubai and The Disney Institute in Orlando and to international hospitality schools like Lausanne and Cornell, we have engendered pride in the industry and developed in the scholars, an aspiration to achieve excellence, which is shared with all of their colleagues when they return home.

My involvement in HIT has been one of the most satisfying aspects of my career to date and I’m looking forward to my on-going work as a trustee. It gives me enormous pride that we have attracted such high calibre individuals within the industry to take up the Chair, Deputy Chair and new trustee posts and I think it’s indicative of the respect HIT has gained through our activities over the years. Their combined experience spans the best of what Scottish hospitality has to offer and will be invaluable in driving industry standards even higher.

Commenting on his appointment as Chair, Paddy Crerar said: “It’s going to be very much business as usual with HIT, which will mean continuing the fund-raising which has made everything we do possible. We continue to raise funds through industry events that are not only about fund-raising but also about networking. They are also good fun because, let’s face it, if we can’t put on a good party who can? 

“It is my intention to continue to widen the geographical spread of our events, which currently cover all the major cities in Scotland and London, to more rural locations so that smaller hospitality businesses are encouraged to tap into what we have to offer. In addition to our events, we like to raise money through unique challenges like our record breaking Burns Supper on top of Mt Kilimanjaro and our recent driving event. 

“Much of the credit for making all of this happen and for converting the cash into action is our Chief Executive David Cochrane, who does an incredible job in keeping the momentum going with fund-raising and managing the scholarship programme.

Summing up, Paddy Crerar said: “With 2014 and the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and Homecoming fast approaching, I can’t think of a more exciting time to be working in Scottish hospitality and it’s a great chance for us to demonstrate how much Stephen and HIT have achieved over the years.”


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The Hospitality Industry Trust, known as HIT Scotland, is a Scotland based charity, which raises funds to support and encourage excellence in the hospitality industry.

Through practical support, which includes bursaries, scholarships and industry events, HIT Scotland helps those training to enter the industry and those already within. The overall objective is to help all to their full potential and further enhance and maintain the excellent skillbase within Scotland

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