Broadoaks Country House Hotel Staff

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No matter how much we tell you about the wonderful features of Broadoaks, the fabulous setting and incredible views at every turn, none of this would mean anything without the fantastic team of staff we have assembled.

Everyone plays a vital part in making Broadoaks such a unique and desirable destination, and all are committed to ensuring our guests are catered for with the highest levels of service and attention to detail.

We’re always keen to hear from anyone who may be interested in joining the Broadoaks team so, if that’s you, then please drop us a line and tell us what skills you can bring to compliment our team.

Tracey Robinson

Tracey Robinson

 (Owner/GM)

After a career spanning over 25 years in Engineering and the world of corporate IT, Tracey fell in love with Broadoaks and purchased it in October 2007. She is not only the driving force but also the sales and marketing guru here at the hotel, and with her unrelenting passion will, she hopes, make this once beautiful old home into one of The Lakes finest and most chic Country House Hotels. She divides her time between her home in Surrey and The Lakes, with trips to see her family in Liverpool.

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Eye Colour:
Blue
Favourite Car:
Her Black Mercedes Truck
Favourite Food:
Roast dinner ….but only on Sundays!!
Favourite Snack:
Toasted Tea Cake
Favourite Drink:
Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé
Favourite Film:
Moulin Rouge
Something you are scared of:
Walking into a spider's web and getting a spider in my hair.
Hobbies:
Playing her Bongo Drums, Banjo, Didgeridoo and Gibson J45 Guitar
What kind of music do you listen to?
80’s rock... I love spotify
Favourite actor or actress:
Angelina Jolie... of course!!
Anything else we should know:
If your not living on the edge your taking up too much room.

Lady Jo Harbottle

Lady Jo Harbottle

 (Co-owner)

Jo Jo joined Broadoaks as part of the senior team in Jan 2011. Her background is in hospitality having co founded and managed JoClarks Wine Bar in Guildford since 1994. Jo works very closely with the whole of the front of house team to ensure your experience at Broadoaks is everything you could hope for. When she is allowed in the kitchen she loves nothing more than to dress up in her chef Blacks and make the Marmalade, Jam and Lemon Curd you get to taste at breakfast ...it's available to buy in the shop too!!!

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Eye Colour:
Piercing blue
Favourite Car:
Rolls Royce Corniche
Favourite Food:
Spaghetti Alra Vongole
Favourite Snack:
Marmite on Toast
Favourite Drink:
Very dry Martini
Favourite Film:
Out of Africa
Something you are scared of:
Clowns
Hobbies:
Cooking
What kind of music do you listen to?
Electronic
Favourite actor or actress:
Meryl Streep
Anything else we should know:
Seeing is Believing!

Jane

Jane

 (Deputy GM)

Jane joined the Broadoaks team just 12 months ago as one of our Duty Managers. Prior to joining Broadoaks she was Deputy GM at the Fayrer Garden House Hotel. She has proved to be such an invaluable member of the management team that we invited her to become one of our Deputy GM's in August 2013.

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Eye Colour:
blue /grey
Favourite Car:
Mk1 Escort - Focus WRC
Favourite Food:
Xmas dinner
Favourite Snack:
anything chocolate
Favourite Drink:
tea or vodka
Favourite Film:
Forrest Gump - Green Mile
Something you are scared of:
the dark!!
Hobbies:
rallying
What kind of music do you listen to?
all sorts
Favourite actor or actress:
Morgan Freeman
Anything else we should know:

Sharon

Sharon

 (Executive Chef)

Our Award Winning Executive Head Chef Sharon Elders hails from Sunny Morecambe. She has worked at several restaurants including Longlands Hotel in Carnforth, where she achieved 2 Rosettes, The Pines Hotel in Chorley and Lucy’s in Ambleside. Sharon was once Lisa Allen’s boss when the Great British Menu winner was just starting out. She also has a great weakness for Haribos! ......

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Eye Colour:
Hazel
Favourite Car:
Range Rover Sport
Favourite Food:
Indian
Favourite Snack:
Cheese & Crackers
Favourite Drink:
Diet Coke
Favourite Film:
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Something you are scared of:
Water
Hobbies:
Dog Walking
What kind of music do you listen to?
Kylie
Favourite actor or actress:
Ray Winston / John Travolta
Anything else we should know:

Richard

Richard

 (Restaurant & Bar Manager)

We are delighted to have Richard heading up one of the most important parts of the hotel …the feeding and watering stations! Luckily for us he has plenty of experience, one of his hobbies is also Food & Drink. Richard is a proper Northern lad originally from Hyde in Cheshire and joins us from The Whitewater Hotel in Newby Bridge.

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Eye Colour:
Bit of a mixture (and even we couldn’t decide!)
Favourite Car:
Aston Martin
Favourite Food:
Italian
Favourite Snack:
Favourite Drink:
Favourite Film:
Midnight Express
Something you are scared of:
Cats
Hobbies:
Wine and Food
What kind of music do you listen to?
David Bowie
Favourite actor or actress:
Jonny Depp
Anything else we should know:

Viki

Viki

 (Events Manager)

Viki has been a member of the management team at Broadoaks for over 4 years (give or take a few months when she was off having her little girl Ellie Mai), she has recently been promoted to our Events manager. Viki is a born and bred Cumbrian, she has worked in the services industry since leaving college. Her little secret is that she is a fully trained hairdresser, so if you are in desperate need of a quick trim then Viki is your gal!

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Eye Colour:
Grey
Favourite Car:
My Corsa
Favourite Food:
Mashed Potatoes
Favourite Snack:
Crisps or biscuits
Favourite Drink:
Anything with alcohol!
Favourite Film:
Bring It On
Something you are scared of:
Spiders
Hobbies:
Playing Bingo with my Nanna Jude
What kind of music do you listen to?
Dance
Favourite actor or actress:
My boyfriend Dave J
Anything else we should know:
If I told you that I would have to kill you

Little Jo

Little Jo

 (Events Coordinator)

Jo or as we call her "little Jo" joined the team when we realised our Events and Wedding side of the business was growing at such a rate that we needed a co-ordinator to take on the responsibilities of managing such an integral part of our business.

Jo's degree in Events Management made her the perfect choice especially with her understanding of the importance of all those little details that makes someone's Big Day so special.

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Eye Colour:
Green
Favourite Car:
Smart Roadster
Favourite Food:
Chinese
Favourite Snack:
Anything sweet
Favourite Drink:
Traditional lemonade
Favourite Film:
Love Actually
Something you are scared of:
Large dogs and spiders
Hobbies:
Genealogy and geocaching
What kind of music do you listen to?
Michael Jackson
Favourite actor or actress:
Julie Walters
Anything else we should know:
I would love to do Route 66!

John Sloggie

John Sloggie

 (Hotel Consultant and Financial Controller)

John Sloggie joined the Broadoaks Management team in Jan 2008. John has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry, has managed hotels from 12 rooms to 500 rooms and owned his own hotel for many years. He worked for Condé Nast Johansens as a hotel inspector, is a partner in Scotland’s Hotels of Distinction and provides a consultancy service for a number of hotels John's experience of day to day procedures within the hotel industry is second to none and he is a key player in ensuring that Broadoaks over exceeds its standards at all times.

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Eye Colour:
Brown
Favourite Car:
Volvo C70
Favourite Food:
Nice rare beef
Favourite Snack:
Try to avoid them!!
Favourite Drink:
A cool Gin and Tonic usually hits the spot
Favourite Film:
Bourne Supremacy
Something you are scared of:
Hobbies:
John can be heard playing his accordion to many a Scottish tune or can be seen escaping terra firma for a few days sailing.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Favourite actor or actress:
Julia Roberts
Anything else we should know:
Not that can be written here!!

Furry Friends

Molly

Molly

 (The Cockapoo)

Lots of people ask about my breed, my daddy was a mini black poodle and my mum was a lovely marble cocker spaniel. My curly black hair never comes out (unless I get stuck on those damn sheep fences!). Most people think my mum has given me a "scouse" perm... how rude! I grew up in the lakes at the hotel, I now split my time between the hotel and my mum's house in Surrey. If ever I am at the hotel please offer to take me for a walk as I am always ready for action.
I look forward to meeting you.
Molly
PS check out my 4 paws menu in the food section.
Come and meet some of my friends. www.ilovemycockapoo.com

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Eye Colour:
Dark Brown
Favourite Car:
My mum's Mercedes , but only when she lets me sit in the front!
Favourite Food:
Sheep Poo & Pigs ears!
Favourite Snack:
Anything with Chicken
Favourite Drink:
Water with ice shaken not stirred
Favourite Film:
Garfield
Something you are scared of:
Jo Jo when I bark too much!!
Hobbies:
Chasing Sofi and generally getting up to as much mischief as I can when I escape over the fence …
What kind of music do you listen to?
Theme tunes, especially The Archers as I can sing the tune !
Favourite actor or actress:
Scooby Doo
Anything else we should know:
You can find me on YouTube singing along to my favourite tunes, check out the video section

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