VOTE: The LHVA People’s Choice Award 2018

As the city’s Hospitality Industry prepares itself for the 11th annual Leeds Hotels & Venues Association Awards (LHVA), we’re asking YOU to be the judge.

Hospitality managers throughout the region have carefully nominated their most deserving staff for the People’s Choice Award that recognises and celebrates high standards and commitment of these individuals to the city’s hospitality sector.

Five exceptional nominees have been shortlisted for this award, based on their hard work, passion and dedication and your vote is a chance to honour the cream of the crop in our industry for all their efforts.

Now it’s over to you.

Vote closes: 8 June 2018 at 11:59pm

The nominees are:

Debbie Dobson, Director of Sales, Dakota Deluxe
Karolina Spedding, Revenue Manager, Doubletree by Hilton
Olivia Bullough, Meetings and Events Sales Coordinator, Park Plaza
Matthew Kirkham, Bar Supervisor, Royal Armouries
Noreen O’Malley, Lounge Supervisor, The Queens

Vote now for your People’s Choice winner

Debbie Dobson

Director of Sales
Dakota Deluxe

Debbie’s infectious personality and determination has seen her career progress from Spa Management to the exclusive opening of Dakota Deluxe as Director of Sales. She is a true inspiration to her colleagues and constantly gives 100%, surrounding herself and those around her with the positivity that oozes from every pore. Debbie is famed for her ability to form fantastic relationships with everyone she meets, whether it’s at her “Ladies that Lunch” event each month, partnering with the Chairman of Leeds United or the work she does for The Princes Trust. Her passion for networking and opportunities to raise the profile of the hotel means she has achieved outstanding results many would strive for years to accomplish.

Karolina Spedding

Revenue Manager
DoubleTree by Hilton

Regarded by colleagues as someone with the upmost commitment, passion and integrity in her role, Karolina puts people at the heart of everything she does. Her team have achieved remarkable success under her leadership and guidance, including four finalist placings at the annual company awards, not to mention the much sought after accomplishment of first place out of 700 hotels in the UK for BDRC – a performance benchmarking tool for the hotel industry.  Karolina brings the element of fun to the workplace, whether this involves live reindeers on the terrace of The Lock Bar at Christmas or dressing up as a Hot Dog to promote summer BBQ’s, she is definitely a ray of sunshine to brighten up the dullest of days.

Olivia Bullough

Meetings & Events Sales Coordinator
Park Plaza

Park Plaza first welcomed Olivia to the group as a University Placement Student and was snapped up by the team in Leeds as soon as she had finished her degree. Since joining she has grown in confidence and is now Lead Inspirator for the hotel – a fulfilling and highly regarded role that involves delivering training sessions and instilling inspirational service to both internal and external customers. Olivia always puts other ahead of herself, she has created a calendar of events for the staff of the hotel that, not only add a bit of fun to the working day, but bring the whole workplace together. Keen to raise money for a charity close to her heart, Olivia faced her fears and challenged herself to a skydive, smashing her target to raise a substantial amount of money for The Alzheimer’s Society.

Matthew Kirkham

Bar Supervisor
Royal Armouries

Initially starting in a temporary role Matty was almost immediately promoted to supervisor during a busy Christmas period and then retained as a permanent team member due to his high level of professionalism and customer service. Matty is consistently referred to as “a true asset to the team” by staff and customers alike, always willing to go above and beyond and ensuring he gets everything right first time. He stepped up to take responsibility for the whole bar operation in the absence of a bars manager ensuring a well-managed and fully functioning bar, no mean feat for a venue that delivers events for 1000 people night after night. Even at 1am on a Sunday morning after a 70 hour week, Matty is still as passionate and positive about his role and can be found with a smile on his face!

Noreen O’Malley

Lounge Supervisor
The Queens

Starting at The Queens 33 years ago, Noreen is a genuine one of a kind who has extensive knowledge of the wonderful city of Leeds as well as The Queens Hotel. Guests come to the bar year after year for her friendly and warm service. Her top priority of the guest shines through in everything she does, constantly putting their requirements first and often pre-empting what they need before they even realise. Her mentoring skills are second to none with every new team member having to pass the “Noreen test”. She instils her old school values and legendary hospitality knowledge to the team, many of whom have gone onto bigger and brighter things with her training forming the basis of their careers.