Andrew Boer joined the Edge Hotel School in September 2014 as Principal, bringing with him a wealth of experience in both education and hospitality.
He was previously the Associate Dean in the School of Tourism at Bournemouth University, responsible for the Hospitality and Retail Group. Andrew also spent time as Head of Partnerships and International Development at Bournemouth, where he developed relationships with many hotel schools across the world. He also has extensive external examiner experience, nationally and internationally and has been responsible for academic standards as well as ensuring high student satisfaction in his own teaching.
"The innovative and professional approach the Edge Hotel School offers is raising the bar when it comes to higher education for the hospitality industry. The hotel school is developing the next generation of hospitality leaders and I am thrilled to become a part of this unique institution and help shape the future for both the students and the industry as a whole."
Adrian Martin - Vice Principal (Academic)
Adrian Martin joined the Edge Hotel School in March 2015 as Vice Principal (Academic), having spent ten years working in hotels and ten years in education. Like our students he studied Hospitality Management at Degree and then Masters Degree level and then undertook a Graduate Management Training Scheme with Thistle Hotels. He worked his way up to General Manager of a 100 bedroom hotel just four years later and spent six years there before becoming a lecturer.
After winning a national teaching award he became Head of Hospitality at Bournemouth College, followed by Director of Apprenticeships; overseeing 2000 students. Like many others in the trade and education sector he was fascinated by the Edge Hotel School as a project and took the opportunity to join the team as soon as it arose.
"The students at the Edge Hotel School have the opportunity I always dreamed of at their age, to learn at a higher level while doing the job and applying that learning in what is a stunning hotel."
Glyn Adams - Academic
Glyn joined the team with a degree from Teesside University in Leisure Management and an MSc in Marketing Management. In addition to this he holds a PGCE Cert Ed and a number of management qualifications. Prior to joining the team Glyn had been lecturing for a number of years in hospitality and business. Before entering academic practice Glyn worked for many years in the hospitality industry holding posts within a number of chain outlets including Fatty Arbuckles and La Tasca. He also worked as a management consultant to the hospitality industry working for blue chip leisure companies assessing existing business and advising on acquisitions, business development and staff training. Glyn enjoys spending his free time with his family and 'Molly' their crazy boarder terrier.
Philip Berners - Academic
Philip joins the academic team at the Edge Hotel School after a high level career managing events and venues. His client list includes the Queen, Prince Charles, Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez, and the BRIT Awards. Philip holds a degree in Hospitality Management, a PG Cert in Academic Practice and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Philip spent ten years in Poland as a lecturer and independent consultant with his own school of events management. Upon returning to the UK,Philip was lecturer and module leader for events and hospitality subjects at the University of West London.
Gina Jaballah - Academic
Gina has a degree from London Metropolitan University in Leisure and Tourism Management and is finalising a MEd in e-Learning. She also holds a PGCE Cert Ed and has spent the last twelve years lecturing in higher and further education - in Tourism, Events and Hospitality Management. Prior to this Gina worked for a number of years in the travel industry for organisations including British Airways, American Express and Scandinavian Airlines. Having relocated back to Essex from the North East, Gina enjoys exploring Essex with her family and new dog Jessie.
Aleks Zysk-Lobo - Academic Learning and Development Tutor
Aleks joined the Edge Hotel School with a Masters in Hospitality Management and a wealth of experience - both on land and at sea. She worked as Reception Team Leader and Deputy Hotel Director in hotels in Poland prior to her career of 10 years on cruise ships in the United States. Aleks was a part of the pre-opening team of Wivenhoe House hotel as the Head Housekeeper. After just under two years at Wivenhoe House Hotel, she joined the Holiday Inn brand in London Regents Park, where as Executive Housekeeper she worked on restructuring the division and improvement of standards. She returned to the Edge Hotel School in 2014 to focus on the student experience and make use of her extensive industry knowledge. Aleks enjoys travelling and her favourite places where she would love to visit again include Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Miami.
WIVENHOE HOUSE TEAM
Oliver Brown - General Manager
Oliver joined Wivenhoe House from Flemings, Mayfair, London, where he was general manager.
After attending Bournemouth University, he began his hospitality career at The Ritz in London on a food and beverage training scheme.
Since then he has worked at The Dorchester, Stoke Park, the London Hilton on Park Lane and Jumeirah Carlton Tower, before joining Flemings, a115-bedroom boutique hotel and member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
"What attracts me to Wivenhoe House is that it is not just another hotel manager's position. There are so many things that need to work to make it a success. Not only does the hotel need to be commercially viable, it needs to deliver exceptional training and development, to ensure the undergraduates complete their degrees."
"I believe that with over 20 years� experience in first class properties I have the skills and knowledge required to deliver this goal. My contacts in the industry will also be of considerable benefit to me, to Wivenhoe House and the Edge Hotel School."
The Operations Team should be your first point of contact for any concern or query: before you arrive, when you arrive or at any time during your studies. We're here to help with many aspects of student life, and liaise with the sections of the University that are here to support you throughout your course.
If you need assistance with the application process or finance, please let us know. We are also happy to help with things like information on campus services, how to access student support, and details of any documentation you may need (e.g. proof of registration for your bank). In addition, we will be your main source of information about your hotel rota, academic schedule and the virtual learning environment.
We appreciate that you are on a fast-track degree with real-time, real-life responsibilities. Although we are a small team, we will always aim to respond to you as quickly as we can. No request is ever too much trouble. Our goal is to help make your Edge Hotel School experience as enjoyable as possible.
The Operations Team consists of:
Angela Crosby - Vice Principal (Quality & Systems)
Zoe Pereira - Vice Principal (Operations)
Jemma Baker - Academic Operations Manager
Emma Powell - Operations Manager
Katie Murrison - Admissions and Course Administrator
Claire Govia - Student Services Officer
Heather Leathley - Communications Officer
Kathryn McIntyre - Accounts and Payroll Officer
Sophie Riordan - Marketing and Recruitment Assistant