Meet Our Staff


About Us

The Grampian Hotel and Catering Training Association was formed in November 1990, and is the natural development of a local project between 14 hoteliers from Grampian and the Economic Development and Planning Department of Grampian Regional Council.

We were formed in response to skills shortages, and our aim is to develop and train personnel in the industry, raising standards and the take up of qualifications.

The Association now trades as Hospitality Training, and is a non-profit making organisation with a fee paying membership.

By supporting Hospitality Training, you are assisting us in the development of people within the sector, and the attraction of future candidates to the industry. You give us a voice to be able to communicate your needs and work in partnership with funding bodies to ensure the sustained development of the industry and the skills required to deliver an excellent product to the customer.

We hope you will enjoy the benefits of becoming part of the Association and look forward to working with you.

The Team

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Karen Black

The General Manager of our Group Training Association is passionate about supporting people and the development of skills within the industry.

Karen Hurrel

The Office Manager Karen has been involved in a number of key initiatives, she  also covers a diverse range of activities including accountancy, course programming, staff training, and management of office systems

Gerard Rattery

Held various senior management roles. Through running companies on behalf of well known local employers he has a thorough knowledge of how businesses and has first hand experience of the practical issues that affect our industry.

Audrey Kirkpatrick

 Has knowledge of all departments within the hotel and catering sector, Management, Rooms Management, and Front of House. Audrey delivers courses in these occupational areas. 

Angela Fowlie

Angela has worked for Hotels in a number of roles, specialising in Events and Front of House. She has enjoyed a successful career in Hotel Management, and her enjoyment of training and development was the catalyst for joining Hospitality Training