About Us

What is CHME?

The Council for Hospitality Management Education is a non-profit making organisation representing the UK, European and International universities and colleges offering higher education programmes in the fields of hospitality studies, hospitality management, and related fields. It is CHME’s stated purpose to contribute to the professional development and status of the UK and International hospitality management education, through the sharing of best practices in scholarship and pedagogy. CHME achieves its purpose through a number of initiatives that all aim to fulfil the five key aims outlined below

  1. Promote high quality and internationally relevant hospitality management education;
    Executive committee members contribute to the debate and provide comments on government initiatives such as new qualifications and are recognised as an influential organization lobbying external organizations and people for recognition for, and the enhancement of, hospitality management education. 
  2. Promote and disseminate good practise in learning, teaching and assessment and in curriculum development;
  3. Promote and disseminate research and scholarship which informs and enhances curriculum development and approaches to learning, teaching and assessment;
  4. The annual research conference provides a valuable platform for new and more mature researchers and attracts delegates from across the world. Topics and subjects presented include Consumer studies; food and beverage; gastronomy; hospitality, leisure and tourism studies and other relevant areas. Contributions can include work in progress papers providing research students or new academics the opportunity to present their findings in a supportive and encouraging environment.  All full papers are printed in conference proceedings with an ISBN number supplied to all conference delegates, and for sale to libraries and non-attendees. Special issues of the various themes are often published in a number of well recognised and highly regarded journals, such as Hospitality and Tourism Educator, Hospitality Review, Journal of Hospitality Tourism Planning and Development, Tourism and Hospitality Research providing presenters and researchers with an added value. The inclusion of keynote speakers representing renowned educational establishments from around the world offers an invaluable opportunity for members to update their knowledge and learn about new developments and best practices from other countries.
  5. Promote and disseminate research and scholarship which informs practice in the hospitality industry; and
  6. Promote effective and beneficial links between industry and education
  7. Support other organisations with a vested interest in hospitality and education e.g. Institute of Hospitality; British Hospitality Association; Springboard; People 1st; International CHRIE and EuroCHRIE.

How to contact us?

Please feel free to contact the CHME Coordinator at CHMECoordinator@outlook.com 

History of CHME Chairs:

2021 –  Present

Prof Una McMahon-Beattie


2018 – 2021

Prof Ioannis S. Pantelidis 

2016 – 2018

Prof Paul Baron

2013 -  2016

Prof Paul Lynch & Mr. Crispin Farbrother

2010 – 2013

Prof Angela Roper & Mrs Isabell Hodgson

2009 – 2010

Prof Nigel Hemmington

2007 - 2008

Prof Stephen Ball

2007 – 2007

Mr Donald Sloan

2004 – 2007

Prof Stephen Ball

2002 – 2004

Mr Clive Robertson

1999 – 2002

Prof Yvonne Guerrier *

1995 – 1999

Prof Conrad Lashley

1991 – 1995 

Dr Dolf Mogendorf

In the 80s to 90 records of exact years and titles of colleagues are lost, if any member has some information please do contact us.


Helen Price,


Mike McKechnie,


John O’Oconnor,


Vicky Harris,


John Beavis,


George Glew,


Bill Nevett,

1979 – 1981

Geoff Cowell – Inaugural Chair


(please help us if you see any discrepancy with the Chairs in the 70s and 90s records are fuzzy but we triangulated as much as possible with fellows )