Andrew Pennington | (MA HOSPITALITY, PGCE, TESOL)School Principal

A British national, joins The Welcome Skills International School of Hospitality Dhaka as School Principal.

Andrew’s responsibility will be to open the new school, managing its day to day operations and provide a high standard of academic quality to all its students.

The aim of the school is to become the market leader and number one choice for Hospitality Education and Training within Bangladesh. A Centre for Excellence, The Welcome Skills International School will begin to provide UK NVQ Diplomas in Hospitality and Culinary Arts, by local and international faculty in a new, state of the art facility. On graduating, students will have an opportunity to either progress onto further studies or secure employment within major Hospitality companies in Bangladesh and overseas.

Andrew’s career to date has spanned almost thirty years in the Hospitality industry.

He has spent the last ten years in senior academic roles within Hospitality education in London; Malaysia, China and most recently with Stamford University in Thailand.

Before moving into the education sector, Andrew spent over twenty years working in the Hospitality industry. This experience was rich and diverse in nature, holding managerial positions in hotels, private clubs and restaurants in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Dubai, Oman and Europe.

He obtained a first-class Master’s Degree in Hospitality from Thames Valley University, London. He is a qualified teacher, holding a post graduate diploma in Teaching & Learning and a TESOL English teaching qualification form the prestigious St Mary’s College, in the UK.

He has authored and co-authored several academic texts in the areas of Food & Beverage Management, Rooms Division and Hospitality. His most recent book, The Theory of Hospitality & Catering (14th ed), was published by Hodder in 2016.

Andrew is very excited at the prospect to be in Bangladesh at The Welcome Skills International School during this time of rapid Hospitality growth within the country. He is also keen to learn more about the culture and visit many of the places of interest that Bangladesh has to offer.

Being British, he has a true love of Bangladeshi food and is also currently doing is PhD thesis investigating the impact of ethnic ready meals in UK supermarkets on small Bangladeshi restaurants.