THE PEOPLE AT THE ROYAL CRESCENT

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Just as there is not one single factor that makes our hotel so special, it’s not one person alone that makes us such an exceptional five-star destination. It’s our people, the remarkable, professional and dedicated group that together make The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa experience so spectacular. So, without further ado, introducing...

Ben Danielsen - General Manager

Happy team, happy guests: this is Ben’s philosophy. Ben is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality. He is passionate about people management, and strives to create a positive and productive working culture at the RCH that works for the benefit of staff and guests alike.

With over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Ben has worked for various notable hotels, from the Vineyard Group, to the culturally iconic Hunderfossen Hotel & Resort in Norway, and former AA Hotel of the Year Donnington Valley.

Ben’s favourite area of the hotel is the garden, because it is a peaceful, pleasant space for guests and staff alike - all of whom can enjoy the comings and goings of various wildlife such as our nut-obsessed squirrel George, our inquisitive robin Darcy, and next door’s cat Alfie.

Lily Gaspar - Front of House Manager

With a family background in the hotel industry, the art of hospitality runs through Lily’s veins. Lily joins us from a prestigious background at Brown's Hotel and The Lanesborough in London, and brings with her a wealth of experience in delivering exceptional customer service. Everything Lily does is geared towards designing the ideal experience for each and every guest that graces our doorstep, from personally inspecting every guest’s room before their arrival, to training her team to maintain the highest possible service standards.

Mark Hanks - Head Concierge

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Mark started working at The RCH in 1987 as a porter for a holiday job but quickly realised that he had a talent and passion for his post. His meticulous attention to detail and guest satisfaction saw him promoted until he eventually became Head Concierge. Mark's concierge team follow his ethos to ensure guests expectations are exceeded at every opportunity. Mark is also a longstanding member of The Golden Keys Society.

Gerry Paddock - Deputy Head Concierge

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Gerry has been a part of the hotel concierge team for nearly 20 years. He is spoken of affectionately by many regular guests as his charm and sense of humour are often a welcome relief at the end of a long journey to the hotel. Having built up a vast amount of knowledge of the local area, Gerry is always delighted to use his experience to help guests make the most out of a visit to the hotel, the city and the surrounding areas.

Suzanne Avery - Executive Head Housekeeper

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Suzanne joined The RCH team in November 2016 and brings with her a wealth of experience having worked at another local five-star hotel for 10 years. Suzanne shares her experience and knowledge with her team to ensure that all areas of the hotel are maintained to the highest possible standards. Suzanne believes that attention to detail in guests suites and rooms make a big difference to the overall experience of the hotel.

David Campbell - Executive Head Chef

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David has been cooking for 27 years, the last nine of them with us. Every single meal at The RCH has been thoughtfully created by David and his talented team who are driven by a desire for food to taste great, look good, be well sourced, sustainable and seasonal. David has previously worked with England Rugby and The British and Irish lions, helping England to win the World Cup in 2003 - something which he is extremely proud of - despite his Scottish roots!

 

Anthony Rizzo - Food & Beverage Services Manager

Originating from Provence, France Anthony studied Hospitality for five years before graduating and moving to the UK in 2006. Anthony joined The RCH in 2009 and has worked with his team to ensure an attentive yet discreet service is offered to our guests at all times. Anthony is very passionate about what he does and inspires his younger team members with his enthusiastic approach to guest care and attention.

Jean-Marc Leitao - Head Sommelier

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Jean-Marc Leitao is an expert in his field but what really makes him stand out is his ability to transform an evening dinner into a truly memorable dining experience. Over the years his infectious passion for wine has converted non-wine lovers into connoisseurs. Jean-Marc is not afraid to broaden his horizons and believes that some of the best wines of the moment come from some of the most unlikely regions of the world. 

Mike Ogden - Spa & Bath House Manager

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A former professional footballer, Mike is an avid health and fitness enthusiast, and he brings this passion to the RCH along with 11 years’ experience, having worked as Assistant Club Manager at Combe Grove Manor for three years, Spa Manager at Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort for eight years, and Sales Manager at Tracy Park for six months. Mike’s key focus at the RCH is about creating unique and memorable experiences for guests, and as such he is always seeking new ways to enhance the facilities and services of the Spa & Bath House. 

Pearl Ollerton - Memberships Manager

Pearl has been part of The RCH team for some years now and has a great rapport with all of the hotel members. Pearl has worked hard to create a diverse range of Spa Membership options to suit varying lifestyles and with excellent customer service skills and a warm friendly approach, Pearl welcomes all new prospective members and ensures that they thoroughly enjoy their RCH experience on every visit.

Emma Henderson - Events Manager

Emma joined the RCH Team in 2016 and is delighted to be taking all she has learned over the last few years into the role of Events Manager. Her background being academic, Emma comes with a Masters Degree in Events Management to back up her experience and is on hand for all stages of your Event. Whether it is a residential conference, a wedding or a family celebration, Emma will ensure that your event will be one to remember!

Mary Stringer - Marketing Manager

Mary joined The RCH in 2018 and has been vigorously applying her creative nature and ten years’ marketing & PR experience to the role. Mary is passionate about telling the stories of this beautiful and unusual building, demonstrating how it really is "so much more than a hotel", as our slogan promises. Organising press visits, email campaigns, events and social media: Mary is always on the go looking for the next story to tell.

Bob Park - Maintenance Manager

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Bob joined The RCH in the late 1980’s and has experienced the hotel going from strength to strength over the years. Bob and his team work hard to keep the hotel and spa in five-star condition, particularly since the hotel's extensive refurbishment in 2014, when all rooms, suites and public spaces were fully transformed to exceed their former glory.

John Bennett - Head Gardener

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John can always be found within the hotels acre of stunning gardens, tending to the array of natural and manicured topiary.  John has been a member of The RCH team for just over 13 years and works to ensure that the gardens are looking beautiful all year round to give guests a tranquil space to enjoy. 

 

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