Sing the praises of Leeds’ hospitality heroes

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Voting is now open for the Unsung Heroes of Leeds’s hospitality scene, backed by the YEP.

The nominees are listed below and you can cast your vote by emailing

Gordon Jackson

Gordon Jackson

It’s all part of the Leeds Hotels and Venues Association’s (LHVA) annual awards, which recognise the best in service from more than 30 hotels and venues across the city.

Stars of the sector will be recognised at a glittering awards event at Leeds United on Thursday June 12th, hosted by TV legend Harry Gration.

Gordon Jackson, general manager of Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa and chairman of the LHVA, said: “We have an exceptional list of candidates for our Unsung Hero award this year and it’s great the YEP understands the important role these people have in our businesses and is helping give them the profile they so richly deserve.”

“This category is one the most important as it recognises members of staff who show the utmost dedication in delivering services guests very rarely see but which are critical to the quality experience they expect.”

There are six categories overall, but Unsung Hero is the only one dependent on a public vote, which means YEP readers can really have their say.

The other categories are Best Team, Exceptional Customer Service, Bright Idea, Mentor and Rising Star, all of which are decided by a panel of industry experts including representatives from Leeds Met and Leeds City College.

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The nominees for the Unsung Hero category are:

Christine Simpson, Office Manager, Well Met Conferencing.

Carl McCourt, Breakfast Chef, Hilton Leeds City.

Gareth Jenkinson, Assistant Front of House Manager/

Reservations Manager, Park Plaza.

James Holgate, Public Area Cleaner, Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa.

Janet McAteer, PA to the Manager, Hilton Leeds City.

Paul Boyes, Leisure Operations Manager, Oulton Hall.

Phil Trout, Breakfast Chef, The Met Hotel.

Rachel Rostron, HR Assistant, Weetwood Hall.

Sara Potter, Room Attendant, Crowne Plaza Leeds.

Amy Maxwell, Commis Chef, Leeds Marriott Hotel.

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