Longueville Manor is rewarding seven of its members of staff on Sunday 29th April for their many years of commitment and service to the hotel. The surprise ceremony will see the longest serving members of the Island’s leading hotel awarded with gifts from owners Malcolm and Patricia Lewis. Longueville Manor takes pride in the commitment of its team, as its staff play a pivotal role in the hotels success, and is using this opportunity to thank them for all their hard work and continued loyalty. The members of staff being rewarded for their loyal years of service are:
Jonny Freitas – the hotel’s Maintenance Manager who started 30 years ago in September 1982. He is always available, 24/7, for whatever jobs need doing around the Hotel and can deal with any sort of maintenance issue.
Zelia Spinola – the Head Housekeeper (overseeing rooms). Zelia started with Longueville in November 1982 and is responsible for checking every single detail in the hotel’s many rooms; ensuring that the housekeeping department consistently scores the highest in AA inspections.
Tina Freitas – the Head Housekeeper (overseeing laundry and public areas). Tina joined the team in March 1984 and, during her 28 years at Longueville Manor, has always been bubbly and energetic and helps in any way she possibly can.
Zita de Sousa – laundry assistant. She started in October 1986 and has meticulous attention to detail. Her strength is ironing and some of the guests insist that it must be her that irons their shirts.
Pedro Bento – Managing Director. Pedro started in August 1987 and originally only planned to stay for nine months! He warmly welcomes guests to the hotel and loves his job and the different challenges he faces each day.
Andrew Baird – Executive Head Chef. Andrew started in March 1990 and is responsible for a 17-strong brigade in the hotel’s kitchen. He teaches children of all ages about food and being a chef and is the only Jersey member of the prestigious Academy of Culinary Arts.
Vanda Montgomery – Head of Marketing. Vanda started in December 1992 as owner Malcolm Lewis’s secretary but her job has constantly evolved to the all-encompassing marketing role that she has today. She is still Personal Assistant to Malcolm too!
Loyalty is a key factor at Longueville Manor and it is interesting to note that a further nine members of staff have been with the hotel between ten and twenty years.
Malcolm Lewis says: “We are proud to be the best hotel in the Channel Islands and the cornerstone of this accolade and our continued success is the loyalty and excellence of our incredible staff. We put a lot of effort into recruitment and staff development and are extremely fortunate to have the calibre of employees that we do. Our staff are absolutely crucial to the first-class experience we can offer guests. These seven members have worked at the hotel for between 20 and 30 years each, totalling over 161 years of excellent service for guests at the hotel and constant dedication towards their work.”
On Sunday evening, Malcolm Lewis will introduce the awards and Jaume Tàpies, President of Relais & Chateaux, will present the seven members of staff with gifts before the group sit down to at an elegant sit down dinner.