Angela Maher, co-founder of the Future Leaders in Global Hospitality and Tourism (FLIGHT) non-profit organisation, has been appointed as chief executive of the Savoy Educational Trust.
She will join the Trust in January 2023 and build on the work of Julia Sibley MBE, who will step down as chief executive in December after 25 years in the role.
Maher taught at the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University for 25 years before co-founding FLIGHT, which aims to create a global conversation between educators and employers about how to develop the next generation of hospitality leaders.
Maher said: "The hospitality industry is absolutely central to both our economy and society in general, and the Trust has played an incredibly important role in investing in projects that strengthen and support those that aspire to a career in the sector.
"It is a huge honour to step into the chief executive role at such a challenging time for the sector, and I am very much looking forward to building on the strong legacy of the Trust to ensure it maximises its positive impact in the arenas of hospitality education and skills development."
Maher's new role will see her work alongside Margaret Georgiou, administrator and secretary to the board of trustees.
Howard Field, chair of trustees at the Savoy Educational Trust, said: "The board of trustees has worked hard to find a chief executive who can continue to build on Julia Sibley's strong tenure and Angela's proven experience and passion for supporting and developing education, training and skills in the sector through her work at Oxford Brookes University and at FLIGHT means she is the perfect choice. We very much look forward to welcoming her as she begins her role in the new year."
The Savoy Educational Trust was founded in 1961 by four directors of the then Savoy Hotel Group. It offers grants to help support education and training in the hospitality industry.