How did you get started?
I attended the general Catering Course at Thanet College, now Broadstairs College, from 1978 to the end of 1980.
How did College help you to start your career?
I initially wanted to work in the Royal household, but was given an opportunity by the College to work in the British Embassy in Paris in early 1981. Having joined as a junior member of staff, I was given the responsibility of becoming the butler in 1984, aged just 21. I then started building my own team in 1985, recruiting from the College. I have now employed over 20 students full-time, as well as providing an ongoing work experience scheme with the College, where we have welcomed over 30 students since 2001 when the scheme began.
I have maintained contact with the College and with their support over the years, we have made our Embassy in Paris a true success story. I would like to thank them for all they have done for me and very much look forward to working with the Exclusive Butler Academy students in the future.
The Exclusive Butler Academy ensures our students leave with the most desirable skills in the hospitality industry. Find out more about the course and make an application for September.