The Master Innholders have opened applications for the Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma (MIALD) for hoteliers looking to make that next step in their career development.

MIALD, now in its 12th year, is a prestigious training programme that goes beyond the core leadership modules as each session takes place at hotels across the UK on two-day residentials. The programme covers essential aspects such as management principles, financial acumen, operational excellence, marketing and customer service. Successful applicants are awarded the internationally and industry recognised Level 5 Award from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and will not only gain practical insights but also benefit from industry networking and mentorship, equipping them with the skills needed to excel in hospitality leadership.

Graduates of the program enjoy enhanced career prospects and industry recognition, showcasing their commitment to excellence in hospitality leadership, along with the chance to gain a deep understanding of successfully managing hospitality operations.

Delivery of these sessions is undertaken in a residential setting at a range of iconic venues, with such iconic hotels as Wivenhoe House Hotel, The Mayfair Townhouse, and Fairlawns Hotel and Spa amongst those hosting sessions in the past year.

Chris Bancroft, Operations Manager, The Newt, MIALD graduate and recent award winner for The Master Innholder’s GM of the Future said:

“The Aspiring Leaders programme was one of the most valuable things I have had the opportunity to do in my career so far. Through my management training course, I learnt about operating, but it was through Aspiring Leaders that I really engaged with and started to understand Leadership and Management. I cannot recommend it enough as a hugely valuable and enjoyable course.”

Dan Rose-Bristow MI, Chairman of The Master Innholders, said: “The opening of applications for our Aspiring Leaders Diploma is always an exciting time of the year, as we look to support the industry by developing the next generation of hospitality leaders. With over 160 people from within the industry going through the MIALD programme since its inception, the course allows students the opportunity to add to their management skillset each six to eight weeks, within a range of different hotel environments.

“Every year we receive strong applications from a range of talent from every size of business and from every corner of the UK, and I’m sure that this year will be no different. I urge all of those looking to enhance and accelerate their careers within hospitality to seriously consider applying.”

Prospective applicants are invited to complete an application form with a supporting statement from their general manager or sponsor. These should be sent, along with a CV and recent photograph, via email to

Deadline for applications is 9th February 2024.  If selected for an interview, these will take place on 26th March 2024.Download the 2024/25 Aspiring Leaders Diploma application form and for more information about the diploma, download this year’s official programme.

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