Message from the Chairman

10:10am GMT, Monday, 26 October 2009

The death of Professor Derek Channon Gladwell OBE, MA, FHCIMA, FRSA

I have the sad task of informing you of the death of our President, Derek Gladwell, who passed away on the 26th August 2009. Derek died in hospital after a prolonged stay in Sheffield Northern General.

Derek was a great friend and a strong supporter of the Institute.

Despite being an outstanding Cambridge graduate and a Churchill Scholar, with many career opportunities open to him, he had a particular interest in both people and hospitality and hotel management became his chosen career path. He learnt his trade from the ground up – starting his working life, sixty years ago, as a kitchen porter in the George V in Paris.

One of his great beliefs was that it is not possible to manage either people or any activity really well, unless you have practical experience of every aspect of your chosen industry.

Moving from hotel to hotel and department to department, he ended his hotel management career as the GM of The Ritz Hotel in London before moving into the field of higher education.

He finished his working life as the Emeritus Professor of Hospitality Management at Sheffield Hallam University.

I worked with Derek for many years on a range of EU and WTO funded International Projects and was privileged to benefit from his extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of both Tourism and Hospitality Management.

In his memory we are to introduce an annual ‘Derek Gladwell Prize’ to the value of £500.00 for the best all round ICM Hospitality Management student. This is a fitting tribute to a great and honorable man.

Alistair Somerville Ford