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Camm & Hooper recognised by Women to Watch in Hospitality

Cam & Hooper, a London based events company, has announced that Debra Ward, managing director, has been named as ‘one to watch’ by the Women to Watch in Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Index 2019.

The Index, in partnership with MBS Group, is a new barometer for the hospitality, travel and leisure industry. It highlights the real-life stories from women who are seen to be up and coming in the industry. It also demonstrates that there are inspirational female leaders in all areas of the hospitality, travel and leisure sector.

Nominations were based on women who stand out from their peer groups and excel in leadership, commercial impact, entrepreneurialism and innovation.

Ward has previous experience as an entrepreneur, having started, led and sold several businesses across three continents. In 2007, Ward founded Mitie Client Services which turned over £22m in five years. The company was also named one of the Best 100 Small Companies to Work For by The Sunday Times and received its Special Training award.

Ward has also worked as a human experience lead for JLL and as a managing director for Condeco Software. Her achievements include being named ‘Women of Achievement’ in 2014, which was awarded by Women in the City. She was also voted as one of the top 10 people in facilities management by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Since joining Camm & Hooper in 2018, the company has opened two new venues in London. Battersea Power House, located in Battersea Power Station, is the second new venue under Ward’s leadership and will open in Autumn 2021. The new venue will showcase five event spaces for large scale, corporate and private events.

Ward, (pictured), said: “It is an enormous privilege to be recognised as one to watch in the hospitality, travel and leisure industry. It’s essential that companies encourage and nurture women in leadership roles, as this attracts more talented women to join our sector. It’s so important that women can look around our industry and see authentic role models from all backgrounds and with a variety of experience.”

Tea Colaianni, founder and chair, The Index, said: “The index has unearthed a monumental wealth of personal and professional stories, successes, tips and lessons learnt. These women are inspiring role models with diverse backgrounds, nationalities, education, race/ethnicities, experiences and ages. I feel proud to share the stories of so many talented women who can inspire the next generation of leaders.”