About Leeds Hotels & Venues Association

Unified voice of the hospitality industry in the region

About LHVA

Leeds Hotels and Venues Association (LHVA) is a membership-led, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting members with knowledge and valuable information to assist their businesses whilst raising the profile of Leeds to attract business and leisure tourism to the city. With circa 35 members across the city centre and the wider Leeds area, the Association acts for the interest of its members and is the unified voice of the hospitality industry in the region.

With an industry focused strategy, LHVA provides unique networking opportunities and facilitates collaborative partnerships through the delivery of business tourism events, associate membership and regular attendance at Conference Leeds, Visit Leeds and Leeds BID events.

A large part of the LHVA agenda focuses on developing teams and upskilling individuals working within the sector, as well as promoting hospitality as a career of choice. Working closely with Ambition Leeds, LHVA have recently produced a series of short films to highlight the variety of roles available within the industry for younger people. In partnership with Leeds City College (LCC) the LHVA Chef’s Academy was introduced in 2019; 10 Commis Chef’s were put through their paces during the six-week training programme. Each session focused on a key culinary skill with a concluding four course dinner and presentation. The third cohort of the LHVA Chef’s Academy is set to take place early 2020. 

Considered a stakeholder within the city, Leeds Hotels and Venues Association represents…

The aims of the association are:

  • To source informative and industry focused training
  • To work together to deliver initiatives and campaign activity to help raise awareness of our hotels & venues
  • To encourage more people to consider careers in hospitality and to assist in raising standard of excellence in the sector
  • To create opportunities for networking and shared intelligence
  • To be a collective voice for business and leisure tourism in Leeds

Managed by Bonner & Hindley

Bonner and Hindley have managed Leeds Hotels & Venues Association for over 14 years, developing the association from just 15 venues in the early days to the 35 plus organisations it represents today.  During this time LHVA has become the trade body for the hospitality sector in the city region.

B&H has a strong in-house team of specialists across marketing, PR, digital/social, consortium management, partnership development and event management. Over more than 20 years, B&H has developed an excellent track record of delivering successful projects and campaigns for clients across the public, private and not-for-profit sector.

Brought in to manage the association, Bonner and Hindley’s responsibilities include managing membership, meetings, networks and the people agenda whilst bringing members and key city stakeholders together to work as a partnership with shared objectives and aims.

Bonner and Hindley specialise in consortium management and have the following clients:

Our story


Bonner & Hindley taken on board to look after the Leeds Hotels Association


LHVA hosted their first ever awards ceremony to celebrate the best of the talent in the sector


Expanded to become the Leeds Hotels and Venues Association and was incorporated on 25 October


LHVA hosted the Leeds Big Sleep Over – a city wide familiarisation to showcase Leeds for meetings events and sponsored by Leeds BID


The Leeds Big Hospitality Conversation came to town in association with the British Hospitality Association


10th Anniversary Awards Celebration at The Queens Hotel | Announcement of the retirement of Gordon Jackson and a new Chairman Wayne Topley


Joined forces with Leeds City College to run the first LHVA Chefs Academy | Produced 11 videos and partnered with Start in Leeds to focus on promoting Hospitality as a career


Currently sat at 36 members, employing over 3,000 people and contributing over £250m to the Leeds economy


Hospitality Sheffield was incorporated…


B&H were brought on board as a third party to steer the direction of the association and undertake all activity moving forward…


Hospitality Sheffield was rebranded to SCR Hospitality… AND: We held our biggest awards yet to celebrate the launch of SCR Hospitality!


We introduced associate membership… AND: We now have four associate members working!

2020: Pending...

stay tuned to see how the organisation goes from strength to strength

Meet the team

The exec board bring strategic thinking and ingenuity into everything they do, combining various experiences from a range of hotels and roles.

Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact of any member of the exec board:

Deb Hindley

Bonner & Hindley

T: 0113 243 4713

Emma Abraham

Bonner & Hindley

T: 0113 243 4713

Amy Rolinson

Bonner & Hindley

T: 0113 243 4713

Louise Plant

Bonner & Hindley

T: 0113 243 4713

Wayne Topley

Managing Director
Cedar Court

Ludovic Verzi

General Manager
Novotel Leeds Centre

Clare Vidler

Conference & Events Manager
Well Met Conferencing

Gary Morrison

General Manager
Hilton Leeds

Roger Clark-Coates

General Manager
Clayton Hotel

Craig Robson

General Manager

Harriet Boatwright

Sales & Marketing Manager
University of Leeds

Claire Steven

General Manager
Oulton Hall Hotel