About Us

Welcome to HEYHA

Introduction and welcome from David Cooke Chair of The Hull Humber & East Yorkshire Hospitality Association ( HEYHA ).

Our members represent 17 quality establishments, over 1500 bedrooms and some truly great event venues within the region. We are keen to foster, work and build outstanding relationships with many different organisations.

It is both a challenging and exciting time for the hospitality industry as we spring back from the restrictions of the pandemic rebuilding our teams, developing our talent and once again welcoming people to our beautiful region. Large events are just starting to resume and it is wonderful to see groups of people meeting and celebrating in our excellent venues.

The board and I are focused on delivering to the association on our key objectives and actions. With regular meetings, networking opportunities, guest speakers, charity support, sharing best practice and communicating and cascading important and relevant information to all of our members.

Current Aims

To establish HEYHA members as first choice for those seeking a career in hospitality

To work closely with all key influencing bodies to support inward investment to the region

To promote the region with our partners as a perfect Staycation & Event destination


HEYHA Board Members

David Cooke
Chair – Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel

Sam Cook
Deputy Chair South Bank – Hampton By Hilton

Maurizio De Martino
Treasurer – Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel

Andrew Smith
Board Member – Ashbourne Hotel

Jonathan Rhodes
Board Member – University of Hull

Paul Vinsen
Past Chair – Advisor

Role of Board Members

  • To attend Board Meetings normally on the same morning of general meetings every 6- 8 weeks


  • To bring forward ideas & suggestions to further the success of working together


  • To approve the budget & objectives for the year & set long term goals


  • To recommend recruit & approve new members


  • To lead as required working parties


  • To promote the Association & its activities

Why Become A Member?

Key Benefits

  • Instant network to share best practice, working together & referrals
  • Meetings every 6 – 8 weeks with relevant speakers promoting local opportunities & developments
  • Opportunity to participate in joint training courses , & sharing of exhibition stands
  • Joint lobbying for the improvement of local & national tourism activity.
  • Representation on the HEYHA website & social networks
  • A dedicated point of contact for hospitality for the press , Councils & Tourism Agencies

How Do I Join?

As a Manager or Owner of any hotel or venue you can join HEYHA by applying below

The HEYHA Moth

“ A flutter of Inspiration”

By Julia Zoeller – Jacques A graduate from Hull School of Art

In 2016 to mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Amy Johnson, Hull’s flying heroine ,there was a festival of Arts & Engineering . This included a “A Moth for Amy” consisting of 59 brightly coloured artist designed moths that told Amy’s story.
Many are still in the City in various locations.

Our HEYHA sponsored moth “A Flutter of Inspiration” can be seen in the foyer of Holiday Inn Express, Ferensway, Hull

The Copper Saucepan Trophy

(L-R) David Leaf, Jordan Stainton, Thomas Lloyd, Helen Watson, Paul Vinsen

Copper Saucepan Award

For the last 13 years Until 2019 HEYHA has run this Award annually for Apprentice Chefs.

The competition is a showcase for the regions talented young chefs & celebrates their skill with local produce particularly fish & seafood.

There is a cooking challenge at East Riding College & the  2 finalists from this go forward for  a final at Beverley Food Festival. The Winner & Runner Up have a day at Winteringham fields with Gaz Bartram the Head Chef & cash prizes sponsored by A.E. Purdy Ltd specialist suppliers of fresh fish.

We were unable to run this Award in 2020 because of COVID hopefully it will be possible in 2021

Customer Service Champions Awards

Looking after our guests is probably the most important aspect of hospitality.
We have run these Awards for 2 years to celebrate these Super Stars that excel in customer care & are great team players

Judged externally The Champions are people that have initiative & take action & who  (if they come across a problem) will rectify it, who are great team players & actively support other team members. Their fantastic positive attitude sets an example to others.

We were unable to run these awards in 2020 because of COVID hopefully it will be possible in 2021