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.