Apex Hotels CEO Angela Vickers presented with this year’s HIT Industry Award

Angela Vickers

Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland has named Angela Vickers, CEO of Apex Hotels, as the winner of this year’s HIT Industry Award.

Presented during the charity’s annual industry dinner, the award goes to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the hospitality industry and surpassed sector standards.

This year’s event was particularly significant, as it marked the 30th anniversary of HIT Scotland. Attended by hospitality experts and industry figures, the 2024 dinner, held at the Glasgow Hilton, was held in association with Brakes and The Caterer.

HIT described Vickers as a hospitality veteran, with 28 years of experience in the industry, beginning with the likes of Stakis and Hilton Hotels. Holding a Masters degree in Hospitality Leadership, she has successfully overseen the revitalisation of the family-owned Apex Hotel group since joining in 2004.

Angela has been involved with HIT Scotland since 2006 when she joined the Edinburgh Lunch Committee, then became a Trustee in 2011, and has been chair for the past six years.

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James McGuire

The event also saw the presentation of the Future Leader Award to James McGuire, commercial manager at Coca Cola Europacific Partners.

Supported by Braehead Foods, this accolade goes to a professional who has displayed ‘immense commitment’ to the industry and is regarded as ‘one to watch’ for the future.

The judging panel was impressed by James’ remarkable career trajectory, having worked his way up in major drinks brands, including a seven-year stint at Bacardi, to take on a senior role within Coca-Cola’s newly created Alcohol Ready to Drink team.

James is also passionate about giving back to the industry, and is involved with the Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society where he recently became the youngest vice-president in its history.

HIT Scotland’s chief executive David Cochrane commented: “The HIT Industry Award and Future Leader Award are HIT Scotland’s most prestigious accolades, celebrating the industry’s brightest and most committed talent.

“This year, the calibre of nominations was truly outstanding – which is an excellent reflection on the state of the industry and the people who work tirelessly to make it better.

“Our 2024 winners were highly deserving of their award, displaying the values, commitment and dedication that continues to raise the standards for the hospitality industry. Congratulations again Angela and James!”