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Necker Island

British Virgin Islands

Our Values

On Necker Island, our service style means always being professional and honest, and constantly searching for new ways to improve our guest experience. Taking care of the environment is also high on our agenda. Necker Island is committed to sustainable development and respecting the local community and environment in which we operate.

Some of Necker's ambitions and initiatives include:

  • Recruiting, training and promoting local staff where possible
  • Experimenting with wind power to meet some of the island's energy needs
  • Encouraging the flamingo population on island to breed - something done in only a handful of places worldwide
  • Continually supporting the local community through Virgin Unite, the Virgin Group's entrepreneurial arm
  • Introducing health programmes such as Richard's 0% challenge, to fight the battle of HIV around the world

We know that some changes can be made immediately and others may take some time, however we believe these are some of the areas we can make our business both more sustainable and kinder to the environment.

Meet the team

With the gorgeous Caribbean setting as your office, you might think that working on Necker Island wouldn't feel like work at all! Don't be fooled though, as our friendly team are hard at work behind the scenes at all hours of the day and night.

Kenton Jones

General Manager: Kenton Jones

Kenton is the General Manager on Necker Island, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to leading the Necker team, Kenton and his wife Leesa originally met on Necker where they respectively worked as Activities Director and Operations Manager and Spa Director. From there they took their adventure to the Atlas Mountains and held the positions of General Managers at Kasbah Tamadot for two years. Kenton's favourite past time is kite-surfing - ideal for Necker Island!

Kathryn White

Operations Manager: Kathryn White

Kat lives and breathes the Virgin spirit, having worked for the group for the past 11 years and at most of the Virgin Limited Edition properties at some point. There is no typical day on the island and you’ll often see Kat buzzing around the island ensuring everything is looking its best and fielding calls from just about every member of the team.

Adam Simmonds

Chief Engineer: Adam Simmonds

Adam’s role is key in making positive changes for Necker Island including reducing our environmental impact and setting a great example for other island communities worldwide. Adam is responsible for managing all of our environmental and sustainable projects to ensure we’re at the forefront of environmental change and setting a precedent for other islands to follow! When Adam’s not in the office, you’re most likely to find him sailing, kite surfing or laying low with a book. With Necker Island as your backyard it’s a pretty ideal setting!

Chris Kenny

Head Chef: Chris Kenny

Chris is the Head Chef on Necker, making sure that guests and staff alike are eating some of the best food in the world. Chris is originally from Lancashire, England, where he started his career as an apprentice for Raymond Blanc in Oxford. After living in Australia for two years, he got a taste for the sun, sea and sand and booked a one-way ticket to the BVI! Chris’s passion is to explore new, sustainable ways of preparing dishes that use the finest and most seasonal ingredients available, particularly Asian inspired cuisine.

Lisa-Anne Redfern

Guest Services Manager: Lisa-Anne Redfern

Lisa is one of the busiest people on island and when she’s not managing a team of 10, she’s busy ensuring the island is up to the true Necker standard. Her team are responsible for our guests’ experience which can be anything from organising a romantic dinner for two or a casino night for 30 guests. Lisa’s Necker adventure started 8 years ago and her previous roles have included Head of Spa but now she is busy ensuring the guests are having an experience of a lifetime! When she’s not working you’ll find her out and about enjoying the Caribbean trade winds kitesurfing!

Jo Salvage

Spa Manager: Jo Salvage

As if being on Necker wasn’t paradise enough, Jo and her team pride themselves in creating a spa experience like no other. As Spa Manager, Jo has developed a relaxing collection of spa treatments, including the Bali Leha Signature Treatment which is a new Branson family favourite! If you can’t find her in the spa, you might find Jo transformed into a mermaid, serving champagne in the pool.

Vaman Ramlall

Wildlife Conservation Manager: Vaman Ramlall

It’s no secret Richard has a passion for animals and conservation and Vaman’s role consists of looking after all of our Necker animals along with developing both a conservation and breeding strategy for the Island. Necker Island has always been a haven for some of the rarer species of plants and animals and Vaman and his team currently look after over 300 flamingos, 8 species of lemurs, iguanas, tortoises and that’s just for starters! Vaman’s passion for animal conservation spills over into his free time too where he loves nothing more than educating the local children about wildlife living in the BVIs.

George Lambert

George Lambert: Head of Watersports

George joined the Necker Team as a watersports instructor and since then he has worked his way up to become in charge of our 11 strong watersports team. George oversees all watersports on Necker from kite-surfing, sailing, windsurfing and water-skiing to kayaking as well as activities such as tennis, yoga and personal training. George lives and breathes watersports so even when he is not at work, his ideal day off is spent in the water kite-surfing and hanging out with his island dog, Miso!

Making Necker Island shine: our Groundskeeping Team

The Groundskeeping Team on Necker Island is responsible for keeping the 74-acre island pristine, which is no small task in a tropical climate! The team is headed up by Brian, who has been on the team since 1983. Brian was involved in the construction of the original Great House in the early 1980s and is now in charge of a team of seven including Ornet and Junior, our Deputy Head Groundsman.

Joining us from a local landscaping company in the British Virgin Islands, Junior has now been working on Necker Island for seven years. On an average day you’ll find him busy maintaining and preparing beaches for guest lunches and dinners, cutting and tidying foliage, clearing paths, grading roads and looking after all of the plant life on the island. When he’s not on island Junior enjoys spending time with his family exploring the BVI.

The ladies of the house: our Housekeeping Team

Agatha is our Assistant Head Housekeeper and has worked on Necker Island for over six years having worked for 15 years at a neighbouring resort in the British Virgin Islands. We asked her about the challenges of working in such a remote location and her comments were, “the hardest thing about being on an island is the elements we are exposed to. It is a continuous battle to keep the windows free of sea blast, and the sand and dust gets everywhere.” As you can imagine, departure and arrival days, when the whole island needs to cleaned and prepared for a new set of guests, is the busiest time for Agatha and her team. When she’s not making beds and looking after our guests she enjoys spending time with her children and family. She is also a very good cook!