Swindon Hotel trio celebrates 20 years in the business

By Nick Batten on 31 January, 2018

Three members of staff who have helped keep the Campanile Hotel on Great Western Way running smoothly for two decades have been looking back on their time with “pride and happiness.”

Cécile Raffy, Robert John-Lewis and Sukhjit Kaur all started working at the establishment in January 1998, each with different reasons for wanting to work in the service industry. 20 years later, they claim to all have got “more than they bargained for” from the experience.

For Robert, maintenance manager at the hotel, the job was a “perfect opportunity” to utilise his electrical training while keeping time free for his martial arts coaching.

He said: “It is ideal for me and the company because I live so close that if there is ever a problem I can just pop in, my phone is always on and I don’t mind going the extra mile if I am needed.”

Cécile made the move from the French Alps to the UK because she wanted to use the English she had studied to boost her career opportunities.

20 years later, she has worked across the hotel in a wide range of roles, starting out as a trainee, before moving on to a restaurant waitress position, then head of reception and then deputy manager.

She explained: “I had always wanted to work in the tourism industry when I was studying in France and decided to move to England in order to improve my English in a professional environment.

“I am very pleased to be deputy manager and I have worked with some great people over the years, we are like family to one another.”

Sukhjit has also taken on a variety of roles over the last 20 years and currently works as head housekeeper.

She said: “I have enjoyed all of my roles here, from cleaner to site manager but I love my current position.

“Work is something I enjoy because of the team we have here, we are all good friends.”

Vaidas Viktaravicius, general manager, added: “We are lucky to have such hard-working and dedicated staff throughout the hotel but Cécile, Sukhjit and Robert are particularly shining examples.”

Pictured above: From left, Cécile Raffy, Sukhjit Kaur and Robert John-Lewis