Alistair Sandall is Head of Professional Development at the Institute of Hospitality, the professional body for managers and aspiring managers working and studying in hospitality, leisure and tourism.
How long have you worked in the hospitality industry?
What is your area of expertise?
Hotel general management, quality assessments (food and accommodation), training, professional development, networking, endorsement and accreditation
What can your product or service bring to the industry?
Professionalism for managers and aspiring managers in the hospitality industry as well as career development
How does it help solve problems for hoteliers?
A motivated and engaged, professional management team
We are nearly at the end of Q1 2020 already, what is your main prediction for the remainder of 2020?
The government will have to redress the predicted staffing crisis pre-Brexit by reviewing the criteria for “low skilled workforce”. And unless the coronavirus is contained very soon – we’re in for a very rough ride!
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
Helping people develop in their career and putting something back into this great industry
Describe yourself in one word?
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
Peace on earth
What is your favourite pastime outside of work?
Family life and dining out
What are you currently reading?
Val Mcdermid; The Torment of Others
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you miss the most?
My wife and family, my Macbook, good quality wine
What’s your greatest achievement in life so far?
Raising a successful family
What football team do you support?
None – rugby and cricket England national sides
What is your role within IN4Hospitality?
A collaborative partner
Do you have any pets?
None currently, but we constantly talk of a black labrador or a cockapoo
What do you enjoy the most about being part of IN4Hospitality?
Networking – colleagues and guests
In your opinion, what’s the biggest challenge for hotels nowadays?
Attracting and retaining efficient and professional staff
Describe IN4Hospitality in one word?