The first thing you notice about the Hertfordshire Golf & Country Club is the ever-efficient, ever-helpful and ever-smiling staff. Anywhere you go, you’ll find a friendly face willing to assist you with all that you need.
The team at the Hertfordshire comprises of our highly-experienced General Manager, dedicated and hard-working green keeper and our highly-trained staff of office managers, administrative employees, housekeepers, golf trainers, chefs, facilities managers and facilities staff.
Many of our employees have been with us for many years, and know the mansion and the golf course like the back of their hand.Whether you need information about the estate’s most romantic spots or tips about tackling the course’s stickiest holes, you can rest assured that our team will be armed with the most helpful and engaging titbits of information.
For how long have you been in F&B industry?
38 years! Including 14 years as GM of hotels.
Can you share the funniest (or strange) event that you have had during your career?
You’ll have to wait until I publish the book!
What makes you happy?
I love it when a plan comes together.
Do you have any hobbies?
Pre Covid, reading, travelling, gym. Post Covid, reading, queueing for petrol.
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Iceland. Beautiful, laid back, quirky.
We know that you have spent very short period of time in The Hertfordshire, but it is very interesting what your favourite thing about the Club is so far?
So far a combination springs to mind, the iconic mansion house and its history is so appealing to me. But also the passion and loyalty shown by the staff and members for The Hertfordshire, awesome.
And what does your family think of your new career move? As we know, your wife and 2 daughters are in South Africa at the moment, waiting to join you soon.
The family are excited about relocating and creating new experiences. I must say it is great being back home, although South Africa will always have a special place in our hearts. If they have one concern…. It is being able to cope with the weather change :-)
The funny thing is, that they would have been with me already, if it wasn’t for our adorable Labrador dog. They are waiting patiently for her to become “flight ready” which takes a few months unfortunately. We can’t leave her behind, she is one of the family.
Who is your favourite character in history, the movies and in golf?
History = Robert Burns (Learnt all about him at school, lived in Ayr, his birthplace for 9 years and love haggis)
Movies = James Bond (No other explanation required), watched them all umpteen times…
Golf = Ben Hogan (Best swing ever)
What is your most loved possession?
Has to be my golf clubs, that are currently bubble wrapped waiting to make the trip from South Africa.
What are your hobbies?
I have many hobbies but like everyone I guess, find it difficult to enjoy them due to lack of time….. I love hiking, mountain biking, fishing, cooking (love making curries), reading, computers, watching a good movie, but most of all spending quality time with the family trumps everything.
What's one thing that can instantly make your day better?
A good cup of coffee and having proactive and positive people around me, both just get me in the mood for anything.
How did you decide to become a chef?
As far back as I can remember as a young child, my family would have big meals with lots of people. Watching my Grandmother cook was amazing, everyone chatting away, laughing, the food always smelt so good! I remember asking to taste everything I saw and smelt. Later I went on to study catering at College and started working with the late Gary Rhodes, opening the West 1 restaurant in the Cumberland Hotel Marble Arch. I then went on to work in the iconic Reform Club for private members and I also had the pleasure of meeting members of the Royal Family after cooking for one of their parties. I have always wanted to work in the kitchen from a young age, so I have pursued my dreams.
What's your favourite dish to cook?
Jamaican curry goat with rice & peas will always have a place in my heart, slow cooked for 6-7 hours with an amazing blend of herbs and spices. The smell whilst it's cooking brings back fond memories of my childhood.
If you could ask advise from a historical figure, who would it be? What would you ask them?
AUGUSTE ESCOFFIER... I would ask him one question: “How on Earth did you manage to balance all of your occupations and not die of stress!" He was a very busy man working in The Ritz and The Savoy Hotel.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
I am a DJ in my spare time, but I am also learning to play golf which is amazing. Any extra free time I have, I spend doing that.
What kind of music do you like?
I like house & garage music, as well as reggae music. As I grew up in the 80's and 90's, music was everywhere and as a DJ I love all genres of music.
What's your secret talent no one knows about?
I’ve been playing golf since I was about 12 years old, I was junior county captain for Hertfordshire at 15 and then went on to be the Scratch Captain for the ladies team at Letchworth Golf Club. My handicap is currently 5 and everyone seems surprised when I tell them that I like to hit a little white ball around a field sometimes, even though I work here!
Do you have any other hobbies?
I love to cook different types of food and bake cakes. They usually turn out nicely (even if Jack did beat me in the staff bake off!!) I’m very creative so I enjoy making things. Table centrepieces seems to be the new thing I make now I work on events at the Club.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I love trashy TV, I just can’t help but watch! I don’t like to admit which show is my favourite, but I’m sure I’ve seen them all..
What thing or person has influenced you the most?
My Dad is my biggest influence. He works extremely hard 6 days a week and I have definitely inherited his work ethic. I think you get out of life what you put in and he certainly feels the same. On the 7th day, he is playing golf, which sounds good to me!
Where's your favourite place in the world?
It has to be the little island of Malta. My Grandad is Maltese and he and my Nan retired out there about 10 years ago. My family and I visit twice a year and we always have the most amazing time. It is definitely my happy place.
How long have you been in this industry?
I studied Sports Management at University and worked with the Ladies European Tour and the BB&O Golf Partnership alongside my studies. I then went to work in the offices at a large supermarket chain for a year or so, which certainly wasn’t for me! I was dying to get back into the golf and leisure world, which is when I started working at The Hertfordshire around 3.5 years ago. There are a lot of good things happening here and I’m looking forward to seeing the results of everyone’s hard work.
Hands down, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. This book takes you on a journey when introducing Hogwarts and the magical world of witches and wizards to the reader and I will happily admit that I've wanted to be a witch ever since! Even at the age of 23, I continue to watch the films in awe, they are my comfort zone - I even have the Deathly Hallows tattoo on the back of my arm!
Tough question but has to be Back and Biceps. Being a dancer, my upper body has always been my least strongest body part and strength has always been in my legs, yet in the past year I have seen a significant improvement in my upper body pull workout that I feel strong and empowered during and after the exercises.
Chicken stuffed with boursin cheese wrapped in bacon, steamed broccoli and new potatoes, drizzled in a boursin and white wine sauce. Beautiful dish, don't knock it until you've tried it!
Favourite type of holiday?
Sunny, hot, swimming pool and great company. Growing up this is all I have experienced, however I am venturing to Iceland in April and dream of exploring New York and LA. Very excited to try something new!
How many years of experience do you have in the fitness industry?
For the past two years I have worked at an Anytime Fitness, started off as a Membership Advisor and then was promoted to Club Manager 3 months in. I soon qualified as a Level 2 Gym Instructor and began instructing classes such as Tone & Tighten, LBT, HIIT and Body Blast which I absoutely loved. In my new postion as Assistant Fitness Manager, I am now completing my Level 3 Personal Training course as my next step persuing into the Fitness Industry.