Adam Wardale, General Manager at York’s 4-star Middletons Hotel, has been appointed Chairman by the Hospitality Association York (HAY).

He takes over from Martin Bradnam, who has taken on another role, whilst Sarah Czarnecki, Director at Grays Court, will continue her role as Vice Chair.

With over 20 members, ranging from independent hotels, international chains and some of the largest hotels in the city including The Principal, Malmaison and The Grand, HAY have become one of the largest employers in York and in turn, contribute heavily to the local economy. HAY collectively have over 2000 rooms in the city and employ more than 1500 people. Their mission statement is ‘to be the collective voice of York’s hospitality sector. We are passionate about the city and aim to deliver hospitality and an experience that is ever changing and always amazing.’.

Throughout this significant period of change, HAY will re-focus their values to work on three key areas:

People – A top priority as they aim to positively impact the perception of hospitality within the local and wider area

Local – They will aim to influence and impact local decision makers with regards to local issues

Support and Social – Members of the association will assist each other with industry-wide problems whilst also aiming to drive forward their social activities.

Regarding his new promotion to Chairman, Adam Wardale said: “It’s both an honour and a privilege to take on a Chairman role and continue to work with all the fantastic HAY members.” “Hospitality is in my blood and I’m proud to work in York, it’s such an incredible city. I started work as a part-time Food and Beverage Assistant at Daniel Thwaites’ Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa in Leeds, whilst finishing my degree in Hospitality Management. I’ve continued to be promoted to various positions before becoming the General Manager at Middletons Hotel, so I feel my breadth of knowledge across the hospitality sector gives me a good starting point to support and lead change with HAY. This new role as Chair is just the beginning and I’m excited to see the difference we can make to the hospitality industry.”

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