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People Awards Winners 2017

Without question the Scottish Hotel Awards has been active at pioneering the way the awards seek, find, encourage and respond to individual talent, passion and effort in Scottish hospitality. Right across the vital (and often unsung) array of departments in hotel businesses, we try to find the very best across the field, from waiters to head chefs, receptionists to brand managers, housekeepers, spa therapists, wedding planners and so many more more. Few industries provide such a diverse range of careers, and few employ as many people. Hence the importance we have, for over a decade, attached to People of Excellence.

The regional People of Excellence were presented during 3 presentations in January, held at Blythswood Square, Glasgow, Rocpool Reserve, Inverness and the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian. From these fantastic regional winners our judges selected the national winners, after a further round of judging throughout February and March, and who were then presented during the annual Gala Dinner on 23 April 2017.

19 outstanding national winners were honoured for their personal contribution to the hospitality industry, including Stuart Chapman from Blythswood Square for Restaurant Manager, Francisco Duarte from Old Town Chambers and Alan McLaughlan of Loch Lomond Arms for Executive Chef of the Year.

In addition to the People of Excellence, the Rising Stars of 2017 were presented.

Chair of Judges Vivien Devlin said: "It is important to recognise young members of staff who show enthusiasm and initiative as they work their way up the profession. A Rising Star is an inspirational award to those who have shown significant progress as part of a team or personal success in career development. This is about ensuring excellence in training and motivating talented".

2018 Scottish Hotels of the Year listings

The People Awards

Rising Stars

Javier Fernandez

Victoria Palmer

Courtney Early

Josh Gillies

Lauren Howes

Karen Nicolson

Dorothy Lynch

Alba Torres

Emma Burgess

Sasha Jovanovic


Banqueting Team of the Year

The Team
Lynnhurst Hotel

Concierge of the Year

Gavin Stirling
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

Deputy Manager of the Year

Fiona Currie
Glenfinnan House Hotel

Duty / Operations Manager of the Year

Franck Bruyere
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Events Individual of the Year

Wendy Johnston
Grand Central Hotel

Food & Beverage Manager of the Year

Jakub Bors
Skeabost House Hotel

Food & Beverage Individual of the Year

Laurent Warnault
Cameron House Hotel

Front of House Team of the Year

The Team
Carnoustie Golf Hotel & Spa

Hotel Bar Manager of the Year

Graeme Gordon
Loch Lomond Arms

Hotel Chef of the Year

David Butters
Douneside House

Hotel Executive Chef of the Year

Ryan MacFarlane
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Hotel Restaurant Manager of the Year

Joanna Giblin
Ingliston Country Club

Hotel Sous-Chef of the Year

Steven Fleetham
East Haugh House Hotel

House Manager of the Year

Liz Dyet
Cross Keys Hotel

Housekeeper of the Year

Lynne Doyle
Grand Central Hotel

Maintenance & Grounds Individual of the Year

Alex Jones
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

Pastry Chef of the Year

Lauren Mcavoy
Blythswood Square

Receptionist of the Year

Frances Balsillie
Princes Street Suites

Revenue Manager of the Year

Andrew Brown
The Glasshouse

Sales & Marketing Manager of the Year

Lisa Ruxton
Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland

Spa Therapist of the Year

Amie Nimmo
Cameron House Hotel

Wedding Planner of the Year

Fiona Trousdale
Enterkine Country House


Gold Laurel

In Celebration of its 70th Anniversary
Greywalls

For Insight, Innovation and Investment
Knockderry Country House

For the Distillery & Gin School
Loch Leven Hotel

For Contribution to the Ayrshire Community
Rad Group

For Outstanding Contribution to Tourism
North Coast 500


Independent Hotelier


Shirley Mowat

Hotel Manager

Large Hotel
Ralph Porciani

Small Hotel
Juliet Parry

Fellowship for an Oustanding Contribution to the Scottish Hospitality Industry


Jeff Bland