Three Abbey Green is now run by daughter Nici who has had a significant role in the business since 2005 and her husband Alan, who joined the business full time on his retirement from the Army in 2012.
Sue and Derek started this family business in 2002 when they bought their first guest house in Bath and have seen the business grow and flourish. Derek is now mostly retired but you will still see Sue regularly.
The family have all come to this business from different backgrounds with different skills. Derek was an international sales manager, Sue was a teacher but moved on to work in the voluntary sector at a children’s hospital and then a Hospice, Nici was a teacher and Alan had a long career in the Army. We all enjoy the challenge of running our own business and being in charge of our own destiny.
Kellie and Olly have moved in as our resident assistant managers to allow Nici, Alan and Finlay to spend more time together as a family. They joined the team at the beginning of November 2016, settling in really quickly, not only maintaining but enhancing the business ethos of providing our guests with wonderful accommodation and a genuine concern for their well-being while staying in Bath.
Kellie originates from the Blue Mountains in Australia. She has worked for many years in the hospitality and customer service industry. She loves meeting new people and is always up for a chat. Travel is an important part of Kellie’s life. She enjoys learning about different cultures and seeing how other people live. Kellie says that she is really excited about taking on this new management role and being a part of a fantastic team
Olly is from Thornbury, just outside Bristol. He has spent most of his working life in the tourism industry. He strives to make all guests feel comfortable and welcome. Olly likes being outdoors especially when doing something adventurous. He especially loves to ski. Olly has a good sense of humour and an easy-going attitude. He feels this management role is an exciting new opportunity.
Despite being just ten, grandson Finlay is also part of the business and loves helping. He was only seven when he was training his father on filling the juice jug – ‘Not so full, dad – the guests always spill it!’. When he is not helping out, he is very busy with school (he loves Maths) and sport (rugby is his main focus at the moment). He also plays the trombone. When he grows up he would like to split his time between running the business and being an international rugby player!!
Becca is a Bathonian and has been with us for two years. She started as our weekend girl while finishing her studies at Bath Tech but has stayed with us in a full-time capacity until she can decide what course to follow. Becca says she enjoys working with us because she feels part of a big family. Once terrified of cooking, she has conquered her fears and now likes to help with breakfast. She loves the contact with guests both young and old alike and we have come to rely on her help more and more.
Originally from Poland, Maddy has lived in Bath with her partner for the last two years. Before working for us she had never been employed before. You will recognise her instantly – she is always smiling and has lots of energy. Maddy thrives on being busy and loves to cook and dance. She is really keen to improve her English, so do stop her for a chat.
Ela moved to Bath from Poland five years ago. She took a little while to settle in but now loves the vibrancy of Bath’s street scene and the architecture. In Poland, Ela taught six years’ old children. Her teaching skills have been utilised often in the guest house, as she helps to train all our new staff. She is really keen to improve her spoken English, so do please talk to her (slowly).
Lorena came to Bath from Madrid nearly three years ago to improve her English language skills. A qualified primary school teacher with a Masters degree in Spanish, she is committed to education and, in an ideal world, would love to get a job teaching in a primary school, either here in the UK or in Spain. One of her main hobbies is cooking, so cooking for our guests for breakfast holds no terrors for her. Watch out for her lemon and thyme mushrooms! She also cooks for the staff, usually a Spanish-inspired meal. Lorena loves dancing but a little known fact is that she spent five years working on her belly-dancing. In her spare time, she helps out in local schools helping pupils with their Spanish conversation skills.
Hannah swapped one city rich in cultural heritage for another, when she left home in Oxford to study Business Management here in Bath. Her great love is music – she owns a harp and also plays guitar, ukulele and drums. When she qualifies, Hannah would like to find a music-related job in the management of festivals, whether it be on the literary scene, food or music. She loves baking and being creative. She must come from a creative family – her brother is a blacksmith. Decorating, mainly Asian weddings, is also something Hannah has worked in and enjoys. She says, ‘Weddings are so beautiful and it’s really lovely to be able to travel across the UK and see a host of different venues.’ Although Hannah only joined us a few months ago, we have seen this willingness to have a go at anything. Hannah is easy to spot around the house – she is always smiling!