Acorn Awards 2022 30 under 30

Peter Banks and Jordan Burdall following Jordan's Acorn Award win

We hosted the 36th Acorn Awards on 29 and 30 May, recognising 30 of the hospitality industry's most talented stars aged under 30, including one of our own Jordan Burdall, Golf Academy Manager, who was amongst those to receive an Acorn Award.

These prestigious national awards seek to highlight and celebrate the achievements of 30 outstanding individuals, with each winner nominated by their peers for their exceptional ability in their field. The winners received their trophies at a prize-giving lunch in the company of the Acorn Award's sponsor, CH&Co, their nominators and Acorn judges.

The Acorn Awards shine a light on the positive innovation, opportunity and energy that define the hospitality industry. All winners have the intrinsic qualities to become successful, compelling and inclusive leaders – creativity, resilience, dedication, flair, agility, authenticity and much more.

Peter Banks, Managing Director commented: "We are delighted that we were able to tempt the 2022 Acorn Award winners to Rudding Park, and it is a privilege that we have the chance to look after some of the rising stars of our industry – including one of our own, Jordan Burdall! Each of the winners will take away a living souvenir of their stay with us in the form of a small oak tree, and we will be planting an Acorn Winners' wood on the golf course this winter as a living memory that will last for centuries."

Jordan added: “I am feeling very humbled to receive an Acorn Award as there are some incredibly talented people amongst the winners. I must thank Rudding Park for believing in me and giving me the support and opportunity to grow over the years. It’s an incredible business to work for; they listen to individual needs and motivations and do what they can, to help fulfil passions, goals and dreams – one of which has been ticked off here today! It is natural to think of hotels, pubs and restaurants when you think of hospitality – so as the Golf Academy Manager I am particularly pleased to receive the award as it highlights diverse opportunities in the industry, and I encourage more people to consider hospitality as a career of choice.”

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