How long have you worked in the industry and what has been your biggest achievement to date?
I’ve been working within hotels for 25 years now, the last 17 years have been here at The Runnymede on Thames, although my plan back in 2005 was to come here for a maximum two years!
I would say my biggest achievement to date would be the level of repeat business I’ve managed to maintain over the years from some wonderful clients… I really enjoy getting to know our bookers, and have a very good relationship with the majority that I deal with on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I really enjoy the customer interaction; getting to know our clients and listening to what they would like is so important and it makes the job easier… nine times out of ten, when speaking to a client they are already giving me all the ideas I need for the proposal. It must also be said that I enjoy working as part of a team, and not just within Meeting and Event Sales. We’ve always been like one big family here at The Runnymede on Thames, which is why I think I have been here so long!
Are you finding that business is picking up now post-covid?
Most definitely! We are almost back to how we were in 2018/2019, in fact we are slightly busier, as many bookings moved from 2020 and 2021 to this year. It is lovely to see our regular clients back in the hotel. Many have commented on how good it is to be back in familiar surroundings and to see so many familiar faces… I think many thought that we’d have had countless team changes, which we haven’t.