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Future Careers Fair 2021 (online) – 28th May – Keynote Speakers





You are invited to join an international online careers fair on 28 May 2021. Register here

We recognise this has been a tough time for students and graduates in hospitality and tourism. Our sector has been hard hit by covid, meaning career opportunities have been more limited than usual. As we emerge from lockdown, this event will provide reassurance that hospitality, travel and tourism remain vibrant sectors in which to build fulfilling management and leadership careers.

The Future Careers Fair will bring together up to 500 graduates from across Europe with a range of organisations who want to connect with talented and motivated graduates and share views on how best to approach the early stages of your career.   The event will take place over 2.5 hours.

Student registrations are open and are free of charge.  Follow this link to book your place.


The event will include a series of keynote speakers, who will share personal insights that will help with your transition to work, and with taking the first steps in your career.




From the Institute of HospitalityKellie Rixon MBE (Chair) and Robert Richardson (recently appointed as CEO) will reflect on the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for students and graduates. Despite current challenging times, they will remind us that the ongoing success of the sector is dependent on attracting creative, talented and committed young people who are seeking to build management and leadership careers.

Kellie Rixon MBE held a variety of senior positions in industry, including Head of Learning and Development for De Vere Hotels and Group Brand Director of MacDonald Hotels and Resorts, before establishing Rixon Associates, which specialises in driving performance through organisational change.  She was appointed Chair of the Institute of Hospitality in September 2020.

Robert Richardson’s career has seen him working at senior levels within major hotel chains including Hilton Worldwide, IHG and Ramada Jarvis. Most recently Robert was General Manager of the independent, luxury Cave Hotel & Golf Resort in Kent.  He was appointed CEO of the Institute of Hospitality in March 2021.


Facing the New Normal: Building Your Career in the Post-Covid World

Ellen Dubois Du Bellay, Senior Human Resource Office with Jumeirah Hotels, will explore the reality of building a successful management careers within our new international operating environment.

Ellen’s goal is to create an employee-driven culture and an environment that encourages empowering leadership and strong customer-focused outcomes. She joined Jumeirah with more than 25 years experience as a senior HR leader, most recently as SVP of Global Talent Management at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.


The Diversity Agenda

Eugenio Pirri, Chief People and Culture Office of the Dorchester Collection, will explore why a progressive approach to diversity and inclusion is an essential building block of a positive organisational culture.  The company’s Global Diversity Champion, he was also responsible for the formation of the Dorchester Collection Academy.

Joining Dorchester Collection in 2011 as Vice President, People and Organisational Development, Pirri committed himself to reshaping the company culture, grounded in a holistic approach to employee and guest engagement within all constituents of the business. He was appointed Chief People and Culture Officer in 2017 where he continues to direct all aspects of human resources, including learning and development, employee & guest engagement, and corporate responsibility.



Turn Your Profile into an Asset

A visionary leader, Linzi Boyd is known for building famous brands. She is a best-selling author, serial entrepreneur and, most recently, Founder of BoB Earth, which connects people to unite, learn to grow and trade with positive impact in the world.

Linzi now works in the enterprise market, teaching entrepreneurs how to enhance the impact and profile of their businesses.


Our Personal Careers Journeys – Lessons Learned

Jamie-Lee Abtar and Gianpiero Aufiero will reflect on lessons learned in the early stages of their careers, which will be of real value to current and recent graduates in hospitality, travel and tourism.

Jamie-Lee Abtar is Executive Director of the Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Programme for Women in Travel CIC. A graduate of the University of the West Indies in 2008 and Bournemouth University in 2011, Jamie-Lee has built a very successful career as a tourism marketing and business development consultant.

After undertaking his bachelors at Bocconi University in Italy, Gianpiero Aufiero continued his education at Oxford Brookes university, graduating with a masters in 2014.  He has pursued a successful and varied career in hotel operations, and as a consultant specialising in quality assurance and brand standard compliance.




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