Atlantic Team

 

Patrick Burke, Managing Director

Educated at St Michael's School, Jersey and Stowe School, Buckingham, Patrick gained an Honours Degree in Hotel and Catering at the University of Surrey.

This was followed by management experience at two of London's leading five star hotels – The Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge and the Intercontinental at Hyde Park Corner. In 1987 Patrick succeeded his father as Managing Director of The Atlantic and soon embarked on a development programme to upgrade every aspect of the property – a process which led to The Atlantic's admission into membership of Small Luxury Hotels of the World in 1993 – and continues to this day.

Nicholas Walley, Hotel Manager

With more than 17 years' experience in hospitality, Nicholas (Nick) Walley joined the team at The Atlantic Hotel in September 2016 as Hotel Manager.

Prior to his move to Jersey, Nick worked at some of Britain's most prestigious establishments including the five-star properties Chewton Glen, The Ritz Hotel, Ellenborough Park and The Vineyard at Stockcross. Nick is proud to be a St Julian's Scholar having passed the scholarship programme of The Master Innholders, during which he benefitted from a management training course at Cranfield School of Management. Nick looks forward to discovering the joys of island life with his young family.

Hayley Brockwell, Reservations Manager

A native islander, Hayley first joined The Atlantic after leaving college in 1982 and has now been with the hotel for 30 years.

Currently Reservations Manager, she has experienced the evolution from manual bookings to a computerised system, the internet and e-mail, and she enjoys the day to day variety of her role and the contact she has with old and new guests. She loves The Atlantic's family atmosphere and friendly team, as well as Jersey's tranquil lanes and spectacular views. Away from The Atlantic, Hayley divides her time between visiting her family's timeshare in Tenerife and walking along the island's cliff paths.

Rui Faia, Assistant Manager / Front of House

Born in Madeira, Rui first came to Jersey and The Atlantic Hotel in 2000.

Rui started out in Ocean as a Commis Waiter and worked his way up to Head Waiter before being promoted to the position of Guest Services Manager in 2007 and most recently to Assistant Manager in 2017. He takes great pride in ensuring that everyone who walks through our doors is well looked after and particularly enjoys welcoming back regular guests. His favourite time of the year is the Spring when the hotel grounds come alive.

Andrew Esson, Assistant Manager / Events

Andrew first joined The Atlantic Hotel in 2014 as a Hall Porter before moving up to the position of Senior Hall Porter in 2015 and then being further promoted to the role of Assistant Manager in 2016.  

Born in Scotland and educated at Strathclyde University, Andrew is an extremely engaging host and likes to focus his attention on delivering the highest standards of customer service, from making recommendations on the best beaches to visit to ensuring that guests have everything they need for an enjoyable stay.

Jaroslaw Nowakowski, Head Pastry Chef

Originally from Poland, Jarek rejoined the team at The Atlantic Hotel as Head Pastry Chef in 2016 following time spent back in his native country with his young family. Jarek studied hotel management and catering at university in Poland, spending time in England, Greece and France as part of his course.

Deciding on a career as a pastry chef, he has previously worked at a number of prestigious establishments, including Midsummer House, Cambridge and Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, and has completed a ‘stage’ at Noma in Copenhagen, the quirky Nordic venue voted the world’s best restaurant in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Jarek is known for his impeccable attention to detail, use of the finest ingredients and his belief that every dish must be of the same consistently high standard.

Corina Tagorean-Rodrigues, Restaurant Manager

Joining The Atlantic Hotel as Restaurant Manager in April 2017, Corina brings a wealth of experience in Michelin-starred restaurants to Ocean.

Inspired by a childhood love of food and a background in food engineering, Corina's time as Senior Head Waitress at Bohemia Restaurant at The Club Hotel & Spa in St Helier was her first introduction to Jersey's fine dining scene. This in turn opened the door to further Michelin experience in the heart of London at Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social and most recently at Galvin La Chapelle.

Richard Burton, Head Sommelier

Richard Burton is passionate about fine wines and gastronomy, having worked in the hospitality industry since 1995.

Joining the team at The Atlantic Hotel in 2014, Richard’s previous experience includes time spent at the prestigious Relais & Châteaux property The Inn at Little Washington in the United States, the renowned restaurant The Crab at Chieveley in Berkshire and Midsummer House in Cambridge, holder of two Michelin stars and 5 AA rosettes.

Steven Firkins, Head Gardener

Originally from the North West of England Steven has always had a love of gardening. Prior to coming to Jersey in 2005 Steven worked in the logistics industry in the UK. Following his arrival in the island he decided to take the leap and make his passion for plants and planting his career.

Steven originally took a short-term position at Samares Manor, but found that he enjoyed it so much he remained in the role for six years. Steven is now responsible for maintaining the six acres of gardens and grounds that surround The Atlantic Hotel and ensuring that they are always kept in pristine condition for guests to enjoy.

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