Our Staff

At Fermain Valley Hotel, we take great pride in offering our guests’ the very best in customer service and our staff work hard everyday to achieve this from offering exceptional food in Ocean and The Rock Garden Steakhouse to making sure your holiday is as relaxed as possible, where everything is taken care of.

Operations Duty Manager, Our Staff, Fermain Valley Hotel, Guernsey

Daniel Prehn

Operations Manager

Daniel has been with the company for six years honing his skills as a waiter and barman before moving to reception. More recently, Daniel deals with hotel operations and implementing procedures to enhance guest’s experience.


Guest Relations Duty Manager, Our Staff, Fermain Valley Hotel, Guernsey

Gavin Lea

Guest Relations Manager

Gavin started off his hospitality career in the kitchen before finding his true vocation greeting guests and ensuring they have the perfect holiday. Originally from Wales, Gavin worked seasonally in Guernsey before joining Fermain Valley Hotel six years ago as a receptionist. Working closely alongside Daniel and the rest of the reception team, Gavin is your friendly point of contact should you have any queries before or during your stay.


Receptionist, Our Staff, Fermain Valley Hotel, Guernsey

Viera Correia


Viera has been on the island for eight years and has had experience both on reception and as a hotel manageress. Friendly and efficient, Viera looks forward to welcoming you to the Fermain Valley Hotel.

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Jeanne Boutron


Jeanne studied Management in France for a total of five years during which she spent three years honing her skills in Hospitality Management in Lyon. Her studies included four months in Spain, Ireland, New Caledonia, Morocco and Guernsey.

After working at the Fermain Valley Hotel in summer 2014, we were lucky enough to welcome back the ever-smiling and friendly Jeanne to the reception team in her first job after graduation.

Conference & Banqueting Manager, Our Staff, Fermain Valley Hotel, Guernsey

Karol Bieniewicz

Food & Beverage Manager (The Venue & Ocean restaurant)

Karol has been a member of the Fermain Valley Hotel team for two years and has worked extensively in all departments throughout the hotel. Now based at The Venue, Karol is a brilliant host and looks after all the corporate bookings that are held here. A popular master of ceremonies for weddings, Karol will ensure that your special day is perfect.


Ocean Assistant Restaurant Manager, Our Staff, Fermain Valley Hotel, Guernsey

Romain Geray

Ocean Assistant Restaurant Manager
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Jelena Smirnova

The Rock Garden Steakhouse Restaurant Manager

Jelena started working at the Fermain Valley Hotel two years ago as a restaurant supervisor. Since then, she has advanced and refined her skills to become restaurant manager. Believing that having passion for your job is a way to succeed, Jelena puts all customers first ensuring that each individual is provided with exceptional service and has a great dining experience. 

Jelena and her team look forward to seeing you at the Fermain Valley Hotel and The Rock Garden Steakhouse.


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Sam Taylor

The Rock Garden Steakhouse Bar Manager

Sam has been on the island for over four years and has been working at The Rock Garden Steakhouse since the summer of 2014. Just as a chef may work their way up the ranks “behind the line”, Sam has worked his way up from being a barback in many of Liverpool’s respected cocktail bars to managing the cocktail bar.

Throughout the years, Sam’s style has emerged – that of a career bartender interested in studying technique, cocktail history, fresh ingredients, and seasonality. His inspiration lies in unique ingredients and ensuring that every menu he creates remains consistent and inventive.

“Everybody should believe in something, I believe I’ll have another drink.”