With its origins in the early 14th Century and established by the Worshipful Company of Innholders which was incorporated under a royal charter in 1514, the award is given to outstanding general managers with at least five years’ experience.
The Master Innholders works to promote excellence in hotel management including management development, training, education and recruitment.
Since joining the Lowry Hotel in 2015 Ellis has overseen a £5.25m refurbishment of the hotel including the upgrading of five new riverside suites overlooking the River Irwell, the relaunch of the hotel spa and the River Restaurant gaining a double-AA rosette.
He joined The Lowry Hotel from his role as general manager of the 318-bedroom Fairmont Baku Hotel in Azerbaijan where he spent more than three years initially responsible for preopening operations of the iconic hotel which forms part of the prestigious Flame Towers complex.
Prior to this he was general manager at Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal in Budapest, Hungary, Le Royal Meridien Bristol in Warsaw, Le Meridien Changi, Singapore, the Manchester V&A and Dunston Hall Hotel, Norwich.
“Since returning to Manchester to oversee the iconic Lowry Hotel I have strived to achieve excellence in hotel management,” said Ellis (pictured).
“Being awarded the prestigious title of Master Innholder is a lovely recognition of my career achievements and shows the passion I have for improving standards.
“Working with the dedicated team at the Lowry Hotel has allowed me to build the reputation, performance and quality of customer service provided for our guests while overseeing extensive renovations.”
On the May 4, the hotel was acquired by Singapore-Based CDL Hospitality Trust for £52m and it will continue to operate as a standalone hotel with the same team.
Stuart Bowery, chairman of the Master Innholders, added: “I am proud to welcome these new Master Innholders who join an association which has the prime objective of promoting the highest professional standards in hotel management.
“The excellent quality of submissions received this year, as well as the breadth of the industry which they represented, bodes well for the future success and influence of the Master Innholders.”