Institute of Hospitality Scotland elects new chairman


Andrew Thomson, Head of Hospitality, Events and Fingal, Edinburgh, has been elected Chairman the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) Scotland, taking over from Gordon Mackintosh, General Manager of the Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Spa, on the Angus coast near Dundee.

Thomson runs the Royal Yacht Britannia’s Hospitality and Events team and their 23-cabin floating boutique hotel, Fingal, berthed at Leith waterfront.

Hospitality, tourism and event management educationalists Ken Alexander – a member of the organising committee for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and a lecturer at both City of Glasgow College and Ayrshire College – was elected to the newly created position of Vice-Chairman of the IoH Scotland Branch.

Said Andrew Thomson (pictured),  “I am very excited about continuing and building upon the excellent work of my predecessor Gordon Mackintosh, whom I’m pleased is remaining a member of the Scotland Branch committee. We owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for his inspirational leadership at such a difficult time for our profession.”

Ken Alexander added, It is a great privilege and honour to have been elected Vice-Chairman. I look forward to continue to forge links with the education sector and with all the different sectors that make up Scotland’s exciting hospitality industry, while ensuring that people development remains at the forefront of our profession.”