Award Candidate - Great Britain
Date of birth: 05/02/1986
Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Oxford OX1 2LN , Great Britain
How many years has the candidate been a Concierge? 9
How many years has the candidate been a Member of UICH? 4
Is this his/her first International Congress? Yes
Submitted by Antony Lynch, President
The Society of the Golden Keys of Great Britain and the Commonwealth
Received from (IP address): 22.214.171.124
Date/Time: 16 janvier 2017 9 h 52 min
Why are you nominating this candidate?
William is an excellent ambassador for the keys. He is based in Oxford which is 90 minute drive from the centre of London, yet he attends most of the Society events and monthly meetings. He is well supported by his hotel General Manager Michael Grange and by the Macdonald Hotels and Resort’s Group, whose Executive Chairman Donald Macdonald is an International Honorary Member.
William is very active in his local community giving up his spare time visiting care homes and helping in soup kitchens. He is also heavily involved in hosting an annual charity event at the hotel for the local Alzheimer’s association. He is a member of O4 and Visit Oxfordshire, which are associations that drive business and tourism in the city and throughout the county. He regularly attends their events representing both his hotel and the Society of Golden Keys.
William is a strong an dedicated trainer who is driven to increase the knowledge and professionalism of his team in Oxford. William is fully supported by all the British members.
Describe the process you used to select your candidate:
As part of the British Society’s Annual Concierge of the Year Awards, we select a Young Concierge of the Year who receives the Andre Damonte Award.
We ask that General Managers nominate those who are eligible, based on the same criteria as the international award.
The nominees are assessed by a panel consisting of a retired member, an associate member, the previous year’s winner, a representative of Morris Visitor Publications (who sponsor the event) and the Vice-President of the Society. They are evaluated on their meeting and social function attendance, their charity work, active participation within the society, their online presence and training initiatives. The 2 members with the highest scores are then interviewed by the President, International delegate and a past candidate. We then choose our National winner who will become the nominee for the international award. William Thomson is this year’s successful candidate.