Dr Leon van Achterbergh

Senior Teaching Fellow
MHA (Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne), PhD (Business Management)
+44 (0)1483 686360
41 AP 02
Mondays 13h00-16h00 or email to arrange a meeting



Dr Leon van Achterbergh is currently the Senior Professional Training Tutor and Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey. His working career extends over 30 years, which includes industry experiences in retail, insurance, engineering, and hospitality. His academic career started 14 years ago, after gaining a Master’s degree at the globally acclaimed Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, in Switzerland. Subsequently he was appointed as lecturer at a global campus site in South Africa for a Dutch university, Stenden. He gained his PhD in Business Management in 2013, before relocating to the United Kingdom. Since embarking on his academic career, Dr van Achterbergh has been dedicated to provide guidance, coaching and supervision to university students with their internships, industrial placements and career development.

Research interests

  • Professional Training
  • Industrial Practice
  • Professional Development.


  • Business Plan in the Hospitality
  • Tourism and Event Industry
  • Business Science
  • Hospitality Business.

Departmental duties

  • Lead and Coordinator for SHTM Professional Training Year
  • Academic Integrity Officer
  • Lecturing and Tutoring.