Committee Members

The CHME Executive consists of different members of staff from a range of UK universities as well as international institutions.

Elected Officers

Co-opted Members

Maria Gebbels


University of Greenwich

Dr Maria Gebbels joined the University of Greenwich in August 2016 where she teaches on a range of courses for hospitality and tourism management programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Maria completed her PhD at the University of Brighton, with a specific focus on career development in the hospitality industry.

Her area of expertise and research interests are career development in the hospitality industry, critical hospitality studies, application of life history methodology, as well as advancements in food and its relationship with culture and society.

Maria is currently collaborating with other academics from national and international institutions on advancing the knowledge in the area of personology and professionalism in the hospitality industry, as well as developing an understanding of factors that enable women to progress to senior management roles in the hospitality industry.

She is a Member of the Institute of Hospitality (MIH) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, which demonstrates her continuous commitment and engagement with the hospitality industry and a strong belief in sharing best practices in scholarship and pedagogy.”

Sarah Rawlinson

Honorary Secretary

University of Northampton

Sarah Rawlinson EdD FHEA was the Head of the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Derby. She holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Derby and an MSc from the University of Surrey. 

She has worked in education for over 25 years, including teaching, management and research, and has published several journal articles, book chapters and is the editor of the Spa Management book published by Goodfellows.

She has been invited to speak at international conferences, and has undertaken research on the impact of spa graduates on spa businesses and the development of curriculum, work-based learning and the different use of knowledge in the workplace. She is passionate about the contribution hospitality and tourism can make to improving health and wellbeing and about establishing linkages between research, teaching and learning where research needs to be linked to the industry and to local communities. 

She is a reviewer for a number of journals in hospitality, event and tourism and is the founding member of the International Journal of Spa and Wellness.  She is also the co-host of the Tourism Naturally Conference in partnership with Colorado State University. She is on the Board of a number of local organisations in Derbyshire including the Culture, Heritage and Tourism Board, the Buxton Crescent Trust, the Arkwright Society and the School of Artisan Food.

Isabell Hodgson

Retired from Leeds Metropolitan University
Since retiring in 2011 from Leeds Metropolitan University where she was Head of Centre for Hospitality and Retail Management, Isabell Hodgson is coordinator for CHME.

She is a graduate of Queen Margaret University Edinburgh in hospitality and Leicester University where she studied a MSc in Training.  She has experience of teaching across a wide range of subject areas including management principles, marketing and consumer behaviour and skills development to tourism, hospitality and retailing courses.  More recently she led the Centre in new curriculum developments including the first undergraduate programme in Hospitality Leadership, the first of its kind in the UK and was the Co-chair of CHME from 2009 until her retirement.

​For a number of years she was responsible for the management of all sandwich placements and work based learning components for all students within the Tourism, Hospitality and Events School. This included developing and delivering modules which prepared students for working in a variety of countries and integrated an essential element of cultural awareness.

​Although her background is in hospitality management, she has also worked in recruitment and careers development with a major organisation in the United States.

Alisha Ali


Sheffield Hallam University
Currently a PhD Programme Leader in the Sheffield Business School, Alisha teaches in the areas of innovation, IT, sustainable tourism, operations management, hospitality and tourism. This is complemented by my research interests in sustainable development, ICT, innovation, operations management, corporate social responsibility, destination management, hospitality and tourism, consultancy, employability and how students’ learn.

In addition to this, she has won The Institute of Hospitality Research Award for the best research paper (with co-authors Professor Hilary Murphy & Dr. Sanjay Nadkarni) at the European Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (EuroCHRIE) conference in 2014, as well as the Council for Hospitaity Manaement Education (CHME)/Smith Travel Research (StR) Share Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (with Dr. Emma Martin) in 2018.

She is the Regional Editor (Europe) for the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology (JHTT) and has a sustained a record of research activity with over 30 publications. 

​In addition to academic activities, I have a background in consultancy, working with government offices, destination management organisations (DMOs) and international, national and local businesses. Some of my career highlights include developing feasibility studies for DMOs, developing marketing communication material for the travel and tourism industry, conducting market research and analysis of worldwide trends in the hospitality and tourism industry and working on live tourism plans and projects and participating in their implementation in the Caribbean.

Una McMahon-Beattie

Past Chair

Ulster University
​Professor Una McMahon-Beattie is the Head of Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Ulster. She has a PhD from the University of Gloucestershire in the area of revenue management, relationship marketing, pricing and consumer trust.

​She has published widely in journals, books and conferences in these areas in the UK and internationally. Una is Deputy Editor for the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management and is the author or editor of a number of books including, Revenue Management: A Practical Pricing Perspective,  and Revenue Management & Pricing: Case Studies and Applications. 

Una is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and also has research interests in the use of digital technologies for assessment and feedback particularly in the area of the practical skills acquistion.

Ioannis Pantelidis

Past Chair
Ulster University
Ioannis S. Pantelidis PhD, FIH  is a Director of Doctoral Studies at Brighton University Doctoral College and Principal Lecturer at Brighton Business School.  He holds a PhD and an MSc from the University of Surrey and a Swiss hotel management diploma.

He is hospitality co-editor of the Journal of Tourism and Hospitality research ( and has served as a member of the executive of the Institute of Hospitality. He is passionate about hospitality education and applied research that helps industry, as he comes from a family of hoteliers and restaurateurs.  

Prior to his academic career, he worked for Hotels and Restaurants in Europe and he still keeps one leg in industry by providing consultancy services to tourism destinations,  hoteliers and restaurateurs.  His blog often features videos and articles that are of use to both students and professionals.

Paul Barron

Past Chair
 Edinburgh Napier University
Professor Paul Barron is Reader in Tourism and Hospitality Management in the School of Marketing, Tourism and Languages at Edinburgh Napier University.

Paul has extensive hospitality management experience and after completing his first qualification in Hotel Management worked for prestigious hotel companies such as Hilton.

Paul commenced his academic career at Glasgow Caledonian University during which time he completed an MSc in Human Resource Management at The University of Strathclyde. Paul then spent 11 years as senior lecturer at The University of Queensland, Australia, during which time was awarded his PhD which examined international students’ educational experiences in Australian universities. Paul continues to study the education experience of students studying hospitality and tourism at university and recent projects include developing an understanding of the role of part time working amongst full time students and examining the impact of international students on both home students and academic staff.

Paul has received substantial research funding to explore employment and environmental management practices in the hospitality and tourism industry and has recently been awarded funding to develop a toolkit that measures the socio/cultural impacts of festivals and events. Paul is a previous executive editor of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management and has authored over 50 articles in the fields of hospitality and tourism.

Peter Lugosi

Research Lead

Oxford Brookes University
Peter is a Reader at the Oxford School of Hospitality Management. His work draws on sociology, geography and anthropology in examining contemporary hospitality. He has researched and published on a wide range of subjects including experience management, consumer participation, hospitality and urban regeneration, migrants’ experiences of hospitality work, research ethics, queer culture, entrepreneurship and organisational culture. 

He has helped to lead and manage several collaborative research projects, assuming various roles in obtaining funding, conducting research and in developing subsequent publications. These have included studies funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, European Commission and the Higher Education Academy’s Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Network. Peter co-founded the Hospitality & Society journal, and he is currently the Controversies and Reviews Editor.

He serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Business Anthropology, International Journal of Tourism Research, Journal of Destination Marketing and Management and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. Peter also serves on the scientific committees of several international conferences and has helped to organise numerous successful conferences, workshops and conference streams on hospitality related themes.

Stephanie Jameson

Conference Liaison and member of research group
Leeds Beckett University
Stephanie Jameson has been involved in hospitality management education for over 30 years. She has worked in the UK, Germany, the United States and Switzerland.

She has been involved in CHME since its inception and was Head of the CHME Research Group for several years. She was a member of the Hotel and Catering Research Centre at the University of Huddersfield and a member of the Centre for the Study of Small Tourism and Hospitality firms at Leeds Beckett University. 

​She was appointed as an additional commissioner by the Home Office to examine Race Discrimination in UK hotels. She was a Director of the Low Pay Unit and is currently the CHME Executive member who represents CHME on the Advisory Board of the European Mise en Place competition – an annual competition for the top hotel schools in Europe. 

​Her main research area focuses on hospitality management undergraduates and their changing perceptions of the hospitality industry as a career. 

​Stephanie is a Principal Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy). 

Anita Eves

Surrey University
Anita is Head of the Department of Hospitality, within the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey.

She joined Surrey in 1993, and since then has developed curriculum and programmes, led a number of funded research projects and published in the in the peer-reviewed literature.

She also sits on the University’s Quality and Standards sub-committee, and is thus involved in the wider governance of university educational provision.

Her main areas of expertise are in consumer behaviour linked to food in hospitality and tourism contexts and food hygiene, both from a consumer and hospitality operative perspective.

Elina (Eleni) Michopoulou

Digital Developer

University of Derby
Eleni (Elina) Michopoulou is an Associate Professor in Business Management at University of Derby, UK.

She holds a PhD in Accessible Tourism Information Systems from University of Surrey, UK. Her research interests include technological applications and information systems in tourism, online consumer behaviour and technology acceptance. She is particularly interested in the field of accessible and wellness tourism and hospitality, which she has actively been researching for over fifteen years.

Eleni has been involved in various research projects on these topics and worked with funding bodies such as the Wellness Tourism Initiative, Tanzania Tourism Board, Africa Oracle and European Commission.

Eleni has published over 60 academic journal articles, book chapters and conference papers and is the co-founder of THEINC International Conference. She often acts as guest editor for special issues in service sector journals and sits on the editorial board of over 10 high impact academic journals. Eleni is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Spa and Wellness published by T&F, Routledge.

Shelagh Mooney

EDI Lead

Auckland University of Technology
Shelagh is Associate Professor and Hospitality Postgraduate Program Leader at Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa-New Zealand, with expertise in building positive organisational cultures, sustainable human resources management and career construction through higher education.

Moving beyond management perspectives that dominate hospitality scholarship, Shelagh’s field work provides empirical detail about neglected areas of hospitality employment, within the global context of migration and labour market patterns. The lack of concrete methods to explore diversity dimensions led Shelagh to develop an innovative ‘nimble’ intersectional approach to track multiple intersections of identity. Focusing on diversity and sustainable workforce issues led Shelagh to establish research and publishing collaborations with researchers in Australia, the United Kingdom and Scotland who also advocate for decent work in tourism.

A strong gender and diversity equity focus in Shelagh’s research, advocacy and teaching contributed to AUT’s 16th placing in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings for Gender Equality (SDG 5). Current and previous supervisions centre on disability, sexual harassment, gender in careers, HRM, the gender pay gap, professional membership associations diversity composition, notions of hospitality and the effects of Covid-19 on employment.

Tracy Harkison

Auckland University of Technology
Tracy is an Associate Professor and Hospitality Undergrad Programme Leader at the School of Hospitality and Tourism in Auckland University of Technology (Te Wananga Aronui o Tamaki Makaurau).

Her research focuses on the luxury accommodation experience, co-creation, hospitality for good, and hospitality education. Tracy’s PhD presented original findings into how luxury accommodation experiences are co-created, providing industry managers with practical insights into how they could create luxury accommodation experiences in their own organisations.

Recently, Tracy has been involved in international collaboration with UK academics and the Clink charity, researching ‘using hospitality for good’. Tracy worked for 14 years as a human resource manager, a food and beverage manager, and housekeeping in luxury hotels and luxury lodges.

Karl Russell

Hotel School, The Hague

Majella Sweeney

Queen Margaret University

Milka Ivanova

Conference organiser (Leeds Conference)
Leeds Beckett University

Andrew Jenkins

Conference organiser

University of Huddersfield

Henrik Sølvbjerg Pahus

Dania Academy

Lisa Wyld

Honorary Secretary

Buckinghamshire New University

Mairead McEntee

Honorary Treasurer

Ulster University

Marc Ashton

University of Surrey

Gavin Urie

Edinburgh Napier University