As Jonathan Raggett hands over the baton at this year's AGM Stuart Bowery MI, general manager at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, has been announced as the new chairman of the Master Innholders at yesterday’s AGM (Thursday 15 September). Bowery, who has been a Master Innholder since 2007, has taken over from Jonathan Raggett MI, managing director of Red Carnation Hotels, to lead the group of recognised hoteliers into its 39th year. Bowery will be supported by the Master Innholders Executive Committee and newly appointed vice chairman Danny Pecorelli MI, managing director of Exclusive Hotels and Venues. Bowery was appointed general manager of Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, in May 2011 and before that had spent most of his career within the Marriott International brand. He then joined the Master Innholders Executive Committee in 2012 and shortly after was named 2013 Hotelier of the Year by The Caterer. Speaking of his appointment as chairman of the Master Innholders, Bowery said: “I am honoured to become the new chairman and I look forward to leading the finest hoteliers in the country through a very exciting time – 2018 will mark the Master Innholders’ 40th anniversary since the formation by Derek Balls in 1978. “My focus for the next two years is to work with the Executive Committee to promote and grow the Master Innholders membership with hoteliers who actively give back to the industry and deliver excellence on all levels. I also look forward to forging strong links with the Worshipful Company of Innholders.” Over the past two years Jonathan Raggett has worked with the committee and board to reinvigorate the organisation’s communications strategy and champion the Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma and Master Innholder Scholarships, which fund and support the career progression of professionals within the hospitality industry. Former chairman of the Master Innholders Jonathan Raggett adds: “It’s been a great honour and privilege to be chairman, especially during the 500th anniversary of the Worshipful Company celebrations. I’m very proud that over the last two years we’ve seen the continued success of the Aspiring Leaders Diploma, a record number of applications for our Master Innholder Scholarships and the annual General Managers’ Conference, which continues to be at the forefront of industry trends, strategy and leadership. “I’d like to extend my thanks to the Executive Committee for their support, commitment and passion during my term. I look forward to supporting our new chairman in a similar way. “ The Master Innholders will be exhibiting at the Independent Hotel Show in October and hosting its General Managers’ Conference on 16-17 January 2016 at the Hilton London Bankside. To learn more about The Master Innholders, visit www.masterinnholders.co.uk.