Whatley Manor confirms leadership changes

As part of the leadership shakeup, Attila Tornyi has been appointed deputy general manager and he will support Sue Williams in the running of the hotel, overseeing the broader teams and guest experience

Whatley Manor has confirmed several additions to the management team across various departments, including new food and beverage (F&B) and dining room managers, a head gardener, a sustainability officer, and two internal promotions to deputy general manager (GM) and assistant operations manager. 

Attila Tornyi has been promoted from operations manager to deputy general manager. Tornyi joined Whatley Manor as guest services manager, and was promoted to operations manager in September 2020. In his new role as deputy GM, Tornyi will support the hotel’s GM, Sue Williams, in the running of the hotel, overseeing the broader teams and guest experience.

Additionally, Paul Halliwell has been appointed as F&B manager. In his new role, Halliwell will work closely with executive chef Ricki Weston, overseeing all F&B outlets at the hotel, including The Dining Room, Grey’s Brasserie, afternoon tea, room service, and events.

Clare Ratcliffe has also been promoted to Dining Room manager, having joined Whatley Manor in February 2022. Ratcliffe joined from Hôtel Mas du Brulat in Provence where she spent over three years as F&B manager. Ratcliffe now manages Whatley Manor’s Michelin-starred restaurant, The Dining Room.

In addition, Oliver Harris has been promoted from guest services manager to assistant operations manager after six months at Whatley Manor. 

Previously, he joined the Exclusive Collection, working as graduate manager at South Lodge Hotel in Horsham. In August 2018, Harris joined Fanhams Hall Hotel, also part of Exclusive Collection, where he spent three years as F&B outlets manager.

Florence Yu is also now a sustainability officer for the company where she will support Williams by overseeing Whatley Manor’s sustainability programme, working to drive the property to net zero emissions and fully integrate environmental best practices into the daily operations of the hotel.

David Pearce has also been appointed as head gardener, overseeing a small team of gardeners at Whatley Manor. He will work closely with executive chef Ricki Weston to establish a kitchen garden and provide home-grown produce for the hotel.

Sue Williams, general manager, said: “I am excited that these talented professionals, with their myriad individual experience and expertise, will strengthen the Whatley Manor team by sharing our core vision for positive hospitality.”

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