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Published: 14 April 2021

SHTM launches Executive-in-Residence programme

Two Chief Executive Officers from large UK organisations have taken up residency in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management for a semester, to engage in world-leading education and research as part of the new Executive-in-Residence programme.

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The programme was launched to facilitate meaningful engagement by active business leaders and innovators across the hospitality, tourism, transport, and events industry

Abigail Tan, CEO of St Giles Hotel Group, and Sarah de Carvalho MBE, CEO of It’s a Penalty, have been appointed as the leaders of SHTM's brand-new Executive-in-Residence programme.

The programme was launched to facilitate meaningful engagement by active business leaders and innovators across the hospitality, tourism, transport, and events industry in world-class education and research within the School.

The Executive-in-Residence programme is designed for executives to contribute to SHTM in three key areas:

  • To offer unique insights into industry practices, challenges, and trends to support practice and challenge-based education.
  • To provide mentoring and advice for students on careers, business opportunities, and professional development.
  • To bring together SHTM research and industry expertise to generate impact on the hospitality, tourism, transport, and events sectors. 

During her residency, Abigail Tan, who represents the hospitality industry, will be giving guest lectures to first and final-year undergraduate students, and will be speaking at the SHTM Alumni Webinar on 'What it takes to revive the hospitality industry'. She will also be providing career consultation to SHTM students.

Similarly, Sarah de Carvalho MBE, who represents the events sector, will be giving guest lectures on events, as well as discussing 'What it takes to tackle human trafficking in major events' at the SHTM Alumni Webinar. Sarah will also be providing career consultation to SHTM students, as well as working with staff affiliated with the Observatory for Human Rights in Major Events (HaRM) to devise a collaborative research agenda on human rights in the events industry. 

Regarding the new programme, Acting Head of SHTM, Professor Iis Tussyadiah commented: “It is a privilege for SHTM to have such inspiring industry leaders as Abigail Tan and Sarah de Carvalho as our first Executives-in-Residence. I believe they are not only great mentors, but also great role models to our students as they forge their path to leadership in our wonderful industries. We are looking forward to welcoming more executives to follow in Abigail’s and Sarah’s footsteps and make a lasting impact in SHTM through this programme.”

Learn more about SHTM's Executive-in-Residence programme

If you are interested in becoming our next Executive-in-Residence, please contact SHTM's Director of Business Relations Sylvia Ganbert: s.ganbert@surrey.ac.uk