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The Board of HOSPA – the Association providing unparalleled support for hospitality’s Finance, Revenue Management, Marketing and IT professionals with career development, networking, and updating on industry trends and developments – has elected new chairmen for its Hospitality Finance Community Committee, Revenue Management Community Committee, and IT Community Committee.

David Nicolson, Vice President Finance – Europe, Jumeirah Group, is the newly elected Chair of the HOSPA Finance Community Committee. Former Deputy Chair of the HOSPA Finance Community Committee, David has taken over from Paul Nisbett, Finance Director Valor Hospitality Europe, who has stepped down from the voluntary role following three productive years at the helm.

The new Deputy Chair of the HOSPA Finance Community Committee is Dr. Roberto Amodei, Area Director of Finance UK & Ireland, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. 

Commenting on his appointment, Nicolson said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with fellow members of the HOSPA Finance Community. I look forward to working closely with them and sharing best practice with our HOSPA members.”

Ally Dombey-Northfield, Director, Revenue by Design, has been elected the new Chair of HOSPA’s Revenue Management Community Committee. She replaces Michael Heyward, Managing Director, Heyward Hospitality Solutions, who has done much to increase the active involvement of the committee for the good of the Association and the industry over the past two years. The new Deputy Chair of the HOSPA Revenue Management Community Committee is Ben Chapman, Commercial Director, Strand Palace Hotel, London.

Commenting on her election, Ally Dombey-Northfield said: “The aim is to continue the excellent progress made with the HOSPA Revenue Management educational program, and to further develop the involvement of the revenue management community outside of London. We have made some inroads in engaging an extended community over the past year through events in Birmingham, and previously Manchester; now is the time to build upon those efforts.”

David Derbyshire – Director IT Service Delivery, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Field Technology Services, Hilton Worldwide – is the newly elected Chair of the HOSPA IT Community Committee. He succeeds Bryan Steele, Managing Director of Jireh-Tek, who has relinquished the voluntary role after six years of dedicated service and commitment.

Commenting on his appointment, David Derbyshire said: “I am really excited to be taking a lead role on the HOSPA IT Committee, in partnership with our new Deputy Chair of the HOSPA IT Community Committee David Pryde, Head of IT, Strand Palace Hotel, London. 

“During my tenure as Chair, I would like our HOSPA IT Community to widen its partnership with the Association’s Finance and Revenue Management Communities, as well as broaden the scope of HOSPA’s industry connections to a greater section of the hospitality industry. This would go beyond hotels and technology providers, to other industry segments such as foodservice and recreation. I’d also like our HOSPA IT Committee to further develop the IT qualification pathway.”

HOSPA Chief Executive Jane Pendlebury said: “We are delighted and greatly honoured that three such respected leaders within their respective HOSPA disciplines as David Nicolson, Ally Dombey-Northfield and David Derbyshire, have seen their way to taking on these vitally important responsibilities. They bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge that will prove invaluable in keeping HOSPA members abreast of the latest trends and issues in hospitality finance, revenue management and IT.  Also a big welcome to our three new HOSPA committee deputy chairs.

“Words cannot adequately express our gratitude to Paul Nisbett, Michael Heyward and Bryan Steele for their commitment to HOSPA and the immense contributions they’ve respectively made to the success of HOSPA’s Finance, Revenue Management and IT Communities. Indeed, Bryan was our very first IT Community Committee Chair following the rebranding of BAHA as HOSPA in 2011, and the creation of our core IT, Finance and Revenue Management Communities.

“I am also very pleased to announce that Michael Heyward is staying on the HOSPA Board in the newly created role of HOSPA Ambassador for the UK regions outside London.”


New HOSPA Finance Community Committee Chair, David Nicolson

New HOSPA Revenue Management Community Committee Chair, Ally Dombey-Northfield

New HOSPA IT Community Committee Chair, David Derbyshire

For further information:

Jane Pendlebury,

HOSPA Chief Executive

Longdene House


Surrey GU27 2PH

Tel: 0203 418 8196



Dr Julian Demetriadi FIH PhD

Director, CommunicationsPoint, PR Consultants to HOSPA,

Tel:        01722 238 627     

iPhone: 07585 505309




HOSPA (Hospitality Professionals Association for Finance, Revenue Management, Marketing and IT) is a non-profit educational organisation, formed to bring together those hospitality industry professionals involved in Financial Management, Revenue Management, Marketing and IT. Not only is HOSPA recognised as the UK’s authoritative voice in the hospitality industry on financial management, technical accounting issues, and hotel valuation, but also as the leading arena for debate on hotel technology developments, Revenue Management, and marketing. HOSPA’s Conference and Exhibition – HOSPACE (www.hospace.net) – features a leading set of industry speakers and topics relevant for today’s hospitality managers. It is also home to an industry specialist solutions exhibition, as well as a programme of workshops and technical updates – covering all aspects of hospitality business. HOSPA is on all major Social Media channels, including Twitter on @HOSPATweets

For more information, visit: www.hospa.org

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