Employee of the Year at SbN!

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa recognises staff excellence in its Employee of the Year Awards

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa launched their “Employee of the Year Award” scheme this year and announced the winner at the annual staff Christmas party at the hotel last week.

The very first Employee of the Year Award was presented to one of the Housekeeping and Public Area Cleaning team at the hotel, Pannee Woodhatch by Susanna Rendall, Managing Director of the family owned resort.  Pannee was also awarded a weekend break at the Lea Marston Spa Hotel. 

Pannee is one of 255 members of staff at Stoke by Nayland and has been working at the hotel for over three years.  She is an extremely popular member of staff who consistently goes beyond the call of duty and will readily help anyone out. 

Susanna Rendall MD with (l to r) Chris Carter, Pannee Woodhatch and Craig Dixey on the terrace at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

Pannee said, “I was speechless at the staff party when Susanna announced that I had been voted Employee of the Year! I love working at Stoke by Nayland Hotel - the staff here make me feel like I am part of a big family. I enjoy chatting to the guests and playing my part to make their stay here wonderful.“   Pannee’s daughter Anchalee is a Treatment Trainer in Peake Spa at Stoke by Nayland.  As a family business there has always been a culture at Stoke by Nayland of employing more than one member of a family in the business! 

The Runners Up awards and gift vouchers were presented to Craig Dixey, the Clubhouse Head Chef who has been an excellent chef at Stoke by Nayland for an impressive 17 years, and to Chris Carter, one of the Duty Managers who has worked at Stoke by Nayland for over 6 years and demonstrated great dedication and hard work over the year.

The Employee of The Year was shortlisted from the winners of the Employee of The Month over the last 12 months.  Twenty two Heads of Department voted to decide which of the twelve should be the winner and this had resulted in a draw between three members of staff.  A further final vote decided on the winner.

Managing Director, Susanna Rendall said:  “As a company we look upon our staff as our greatest asset and feel it is important to recognise and reward the stars of our team.  I am therefore delighted to present Pannee with this well-deserved Employee of the Year award, and to congratulate both Chris and Craig as Runners Up.  It was a very close finish, and all three have demonstrated a consistently positive attitude to their work, commitment, loyalty - and a willingness to all go the extra mile in their roles.  We are proud to have you all as part of our team.”


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