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The Team

The Team

Fiona Kerley

JHA President

Managing Director of the Ommaroo Hotel 

Born and educated in Jersey until the age of 11, continued education in the UK, following A Levels studied at he University of the West of England (UWE) graduating with a BA Hons in Modern Languages & European Studies.

Returning to Jersey after university Fiona worked for PriceWaterHouse Coopers (now known as PWC) working in audit & assurance  followed by working in Trust at Royal Bank of Canada  (RBC)  and gaining  her ACA qualification. During a  career break whilst starting a family, Fiona became more involved with the running of the Ommaroo Hotel. Fiona is the fourth generation of her family to be involved with the hotel and now oversees the running of the hotel as Managing Director.

Fiona was appointed President of the Hospitality Association in March 2017 and also sits  on the Transport & Tourism Committee for the Chamber of Commerce.

Fiona is  married with 3 young children, and a dog and enjoys spending time  walking, swimming and playing tennis

Marcus Calvani

Vice President

Owner Be Served Group/The Calvani Group 

Born and raised on Jersey, Marcus spent 15 years in the USA and is the Channel Island’s first graduate of the prestigious Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Marcus’s has a varied and vast experience within the hospitality industry particularly in the operation of food and beverage.

He founded the Jersey Royal Distillery Company, and he operates a food, wine & beer importing company, as well as the group’s portfolio of establishments including La Cantina, JB’s Smokehouse and Craft Beer Bar, The Lido at Havre Des Pas, and The Terminal GBJ and Terminal Brewery which are currently under development.

Marcus also consults for the Channel Islands Co-Operative and is the former president of the Cornell Hotel Society of Central Florida.

Marcus and his wife Ana relocated back to Jersey in 2010 and now have a young son and daughter.

Natalie Duffy

Vice President

Managing Director, Salty Dog Bar & Bistro 

Born and educated in Jersey, Natalie has been involved with all aspects of Tourism and Hospitality for most of her career and has a wide range of experience, particularly in the restaurant sector.  Coming from a family with roots in entertainment she gained experience working in the family business The Fantastic Tropical Gardens during the 1980’s as well as taking a post as holiday rep’ for Modern Hotels and Fort Rent a Car.

As Managing Director of one of Jersey’s most popular eateries, she oversees the operations of the St. Aubin based business and is responsible for the management of finances, personnel & human resources, advertising, marketing & PR, training, I.T, communications, office administration and even maintenance, as well as the occasional hosting shift front of house!

In addition Natalie is involved with her sister company (another leg of the family business) El Tico Beach Cantina and in this role she is responsible for personnel, training, customer service and event coordination.

As well as her commitment to the JHA she is part of the St. Aubin’s Traders Association (SATA) and sits on the Board for The Tourism Development Fund and the Whiteley Association.

Graeme Smith

Honorary Treasurer

CEO Jersey Business

Graeme is currently CEO of Jersey Business and is responsible for leading the overall development and delivery of its objectives and strategy. As well as focusing on Jersey Business’s role in delivering economic development to the island, Graeme also works extensively with government and partner organisations to develop collaborative working practices.

He also acts as an Independent Non Executive Director of Triton Partners a Jersey Fund business as well as ClearBank a UK clearing bank.

ACIB qualified and with over 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in the banking industry both in the UK and the Channel Islands, Graeme was Regional Director Jersey and Gibraltar before he joined Jersey Business.

Martina McGibney

Committee Member

Commercial Director, A.E. Surcouf & Sons (Easenmyne)

Martina has over 20 years’ experience in Foodservice, Manufacturing, Logistics and Distribution industry. Reporting directly to the board, Martina oversees the overall management of the company, both commercially and operationally. Whilst ensuring at all times  best practices of corporate governance and business strategy is delivered and executed professionally at all times. Recently AE Surcouf & Sons were proud to announce that they have again achieved Investors In People accreditation

A.E. Surcouf & Sons (Easenmyne ) is one of the largest family Manufacturing and Wholesale distributors in the Channel Islands, supplying Retail (Waitrose, Co-op, SandpiperCI and Independents), Hospitality (pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, cafes) and States Departments (schools, hospital, prison)  It offers a wide range of products; Butchery, Fish, Produce, Frozen and Ambient in retail and wholesale formats

Andrew Baird

Committee Member

Executive Chef, Longueville Manor Hotel

Andrew has been Executive Chef at Longueville Manor since 1990 and continues to be passionate about food and more importantly local Jersey produce.

A keen fisherman, (he has published a book about seafood from the islands)  as well as over seeing a busy and thriving kitchen garden in the grounds of the hotel, his menu’s present all that is best in food with each season.

The hotel is a long standing member of the Relais & Chateaux, which means that Andrew regularly meets up and keeps up to date with his peers and all that is new in the world of fine dinning.

Andrew is keen to support and encourage future talent in the industry and works closely with the Culinary Arts Team at Highlands College and has mentored and trained many young chefs that at now successful in their own right.

 

 

Alex Dolan

Committee Member

Business Development Manager Dolan Hotels

Alex has had a passion for the industry from a young age and first started in the industry at the age of 13 helping as a porter in the Somerville Hotel. After gaining some experience working in local bars and restaurants, Alex went on to gain a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management with a specialisation in Entrepreneurship from ‘L’Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne’ in Switzerland. During this time he also worked as a Junior Footman for H.M’s Royal Household and Trainee Director of Food & Beverage at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes and after graduation, he was given a position on Hyatt’s Corporate Leadership Program in Paris before returning to work for the family business in 2013. Since then he has worked almost every position in the business before becoming Business Development Manager for the Dolan Group where his role generally consists of asking the question ‘how can we do this better?’

Stephen Clipp

Commitee Member

Owner and Managing Director of THE INN, Hotel,Restaurant and Bar

 

Originally from London,  Stephen has been involved in the Jersey hospitality and tourism sectors since the early 80’s running a number of travel companies, hotels, restaurants and bars.

 

“When I first came to Jersey “ Stephen say’s “it was a very different island and our industry was a very different proposition. The world was a much bigger place and people from nearby where queuing to come here. At the time visitors expectations were not so high and the challenges that faced our industry where nothing like they are today.”

 

Stephen is very passionate about his business, the industry and his Island and is delighted to bring his knowledge and experience to the new Jersey Hospitality Board.  He feels the existence of the association is more important than ever as it has a crucial role in voicing concerns about new immigration controls, employment laws and taxes that are being considered by Government without proper consultation or an understanding on the impact these will have on our industry and the island as a whole.

Simon Soar

JHA Manager

Born and raised in Jersey, Simon has spent the last 17 years in hospitality both locally and across UK, Europe and Australia, working and managing a range of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

He also previously worked in brand management for JJ le Sueur, a local distributor of high profile brands, including a large alcohol portfolio. He also runs a training and events company, Bar Technics,  that has seen him open, consult and train a number of key outlets across the Channel Islands, UK and Europe. Last year he was instrumental in opening two new Jersey venues before stepping into the role of Association manager at the JHA.

Jeremy Swetenham

Committee Member

Commercial Operations Director for Jersey Heritage

Jersey Heritage is a local charity that protects and promotes the Island’s rich heritage and cultural environment and consists of six award winning visitor attractions welcoming over 190,000 visitors a year, as well as thirteen unique holiday lets, and the Jersey Archive.

Jeremy joined Jersey Heritage in 2011.  He is responsible for self-generated revenue across a range of businesses including visitors, retail, self-catering, venues, membership and fundraising as well as managing the marketing team. Jeremy helped found the Jersey Attractions Group (JAG) with the common aim of improving visitor experience and assisting Visit Jersey in growing the market of visitors to Jersey. He is a Trustee of the Marine Lake and a committee member of both the Jersey International Centre for Academic Studies and the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club.

Stephanie Stevens (nee Seymour)

Committee Member

company Director Jersey Seafaris

Born and raised in Jersey, Stephanie is the fifth generation to have worked within Seymour Hotels’- the largest and longest established Hotel group in Jersey which was founded by her great great grandparents in 1920, it is still proudly owned and managed by the Seymour family today.

Stephanie studied hospitality management at Bournemouth University and after working and travelling the world returned to Jersey to help open Liberty’s Jersey (Mimosa, Quayside, Fox & Firkin) where she established herself a role as events and marketing manager. In 2011 Stephanie joined the team at Seymour Hotel Group & worked within various roles – most recently the Sales and Marketing department. She has a large amount of experience and has a key understanding of the tourism and hospitality industry – it is in her blood!

Stephanie has recently made the move from one family business to another and has joined her husband’s successful start-up business: Jersey Seafaris (established 2011) The ultimate Jersey adventure – allowing locals and visitors to explore Jersey’s magnificent coastline & visit the beautiful offshore islands. Stephanie is very passionate about the beautiful island we live in and is always keen to promote, support and encourage the fantastic products and services available

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