First Annual Inaugural Lecture of Hospitality Management


Dr Ioannis S. Pantelidis, presents gifts to speakers Bob Cotton OBE, Trisha Bennett and Karren Fewell

The School of Sport and Service Management in collaboration with the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) Sussex Branch, held its first annual hospitality lecture which aims to bring academia and industry in closer collaboration, on the Eastbourne campus.

Speakers included Trisha Bennet from Hospitality Assured, Karren Fewell from Digital Blonde, and Bob Cotton OBE who transformed hospitality through his work with the British Hospitality Association and holds an honorary Doctorate from the school.


Food and wine, prepared by colleagues and students at our Culinary Arts Studio.

Hospitality Industry attendees and students enjoyed talks around the subject of quality assurance for organisations, mobile technology and food psychology, and the future of hospitality. The event was followed by canapés, wine and networking all produced and served by the team of the Culinary Arts Studio and supported by student volunteers.

The event was a resounding success:

Adam Rowledge, Chair of the IoH Sussex Branch said: “Thank you all so much for all of your efforts which went into making last night the fantastic event that it was.

“I know that a lot of work went into organising it, drumming up support and attendees, and of course making it work so well on the night, so thank you for a fantastic event.”

Jo Doust, Head of School said: “Well done team on achieving such a great event; this is the sort of industry collaboration and student engagement that makes our school great.”

Postgraduate students and undergraduate students enjoyed both the talks and the networking opportunities. A student volunteer said: “I really enjoyed helping out and we hope to see even more such events. I really liked all the sessions and the opportunity to network with industry leaders was a bonus!”

Dr Ioannis S. Pantelidis FIH, the event organiser said: “It really is a joy when you see the faces of students enjoying talking to industry colleagues. This event would not have been possible without the sponsorship and help of the Institute of Hospitality Sussex branch and the support of the school. I am really grateful to both.  I am equally grateful to the hospitality management colleagues who supported this event and delivered excellent food and wine and the hospitality management student volunteers who showed the true meaning of hospitality to all of our guests, students and professionals alike.”


Front Row: Bob Cotton OBE, Trisha Bennet, Julie Barker, Peter Bramich FIH, Adam Rowledge MIH Back row: Jo Doust, Ioannis S. Pantelidis FIH, Chris Dutton

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About Ioannis S Pantelidis

Ioannis likes to think of himself as a Philosopher... a seeker of wisdom if you prefer. The kind of wisdom Ioannis is after is the one that make us smile and ponder at the same time. He often attempts to play the guitar or the blues harp, in order to torture his family. He loves his sea adventures with his trusty laser (its a boat) the "Joly Roger". If you were looking for a more business like profile then you ll have to read my academic profile on the staff contacts page (perfect reading for insomniacs).

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