Hospitality Head in running for Top Industry Award

Gordon McIntyre, Associate Dean for Hospitality & Tourism at City of Glasgow College’s, has reached the finals of the 2019 Catey Awards.

The talented educator has been shortlisted for the Education and Training Award.

It sees Scotland’s flagship college become the only Scottish college this year to reach the finals of what is considered to be hospitality and catering’s most prestigious awards.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“To be shortlisted for such a significant award is well deserved recognition for all Gordon’s hard work, enthusiasm and commitment. He embodies the spirit of the hospitality industry and is a respected member of Team City. Over his 28 year career he has acted as a genuine ambassador for the sector, passing on his considerable knowledge and expertise to several generations of students.”

Gordon leads the largest provision of hospitality, events and tourism programmes in Scotland, and said:

“I am overwhelmed but delighted to have been shortlisted and included amongst the top tier of the hospitality industry. While this is a personal honour for me it is also a tribute to the great team I work with and to the talented young people we have the privilege of teaching at the college.”

Recognising that health and wellbeing has an enormous impact on the sector, Gordon recently formed a new charity, Hospitality Health, to help signpost support agencies for staff who are struggling with mental health, depression, alcohol and gambling addictions. The charity promotes the Wellness Charter, a certificate presented to employers who place mental health and wellbeing at the top of the employee agenda.

A founder member and Vice Chair of Glasgow Welcomes, a city-wide tourism service initiative, Gordon has also created a training course to teach young people resilience, a quality that has been recognised as weak in many young students and staff in the industry. The programme will provide a toolkit to enable them to bounce back – and will be delivered in colleges to hospitality students and also within the industry to support employees.

Last year Gordon was awarded the HIT Scotland Industry award for his commitment to the sector. It was the first time the award was presented to an educator.

The Catey Awards showcase innovative brands and trail-blazing people from across hotels, restaurants, foodservice and pubs and bars. Winning a Catey is highly significant because recipients are nominated, selected and rewarded by their peers.

The winners, representing British hospitality at its best, will be revealed at a formal event in London’s Grosvenor House on Tuesday 2 July.

For further details on the categories and shortlists please visit The Cateys’ website.