About HRH

The Association provides a forum for Human Resources professionals & other interested parties within the hospitality industry. The HCPTA was formed in May 1975 out of an amalgamation between the Hotel & Catering Personnel Managers Association which was founded in 1968, and The Hotel & Catering Training Association founded in 1966. The association was renamed H.R. in Hospitality in March 2009.

Our aims

  • To facilitate members’ professional development through the provision of a programme of speakers & discussions on relevant topics. To assist members newly appointed to the HR function.
  • To make known the activities of the Association, on any current issues, by keeping a close liaison with the press, training organisations, educational establishments, government departments, trade and professional associations and other similar organisations.
  • To foster links between the industry and all sectors of education.
  • To organise various social events on relevant occasions.

Our objectives

  • To expand our membership to include organisations outside London
  • To offer interesting and innovative events for our members
  • To increase our profile and to be a leading forum and voice for HR in the Hospitality Industry
  • To actively attract and encourage the development of our young HR Professionals

Phillip Jackson

Why I joined HR in Hospitality


Launch Event

HCPTA becomes HR in Hospitality

The relaunch on 26th March of HCPTA (Hotel & Catering Personnel & Training Association) as HR in Hospitality marks a more streamlined service for human resources professionals working in the hospitality industry. The association’s commitment was reflected in the calibre of industry leaders who lined up to speak during the breakfast launch at the InterContinental Hotel on London’s Park Lane. They included HR in Hospitality president Jane Sunley, managing director of learnpurple; chairman Carl Smith, head of HR at Novotel London West; and vicechairman Basil Blanco, director of Blanco Goldfarb Associates.

Also speaking was Caterer.com website director Ian Burke. His participation is the culmination of two years’ collaboration between Caterer.com and the former HCPTA to improve the organisation’s professional development services as well as launching a more contemporary look and feel to the organisation in readiness for expansion nationwide.

The relationship reinforces Caterer.com’s policy of working in partnership with the hospitality industry, rather than as a supplier. Its success is down to the fact Caterer.com and HR in Hospitality share the same values, which include being customer-focused, pioneering, open and inclusive.

Looking to the future, Caterer.com will continue to support HR in Hospitality in its aim to expand its services beyond the London area and across all sectors of the industry - hotels, restaurants, pubs, bars and contract catering.