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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:
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 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!
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’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 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 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!
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.
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 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!
From the first moment Sir Richard Branson visited Necker Island in 1978 he had a vision, one that has resulted in one of the world’s most exclusive island retreats. Click play on the video above to learn about Necker’s history (so far!).
Necker Island is committed to sustainable development and respecting the local community and environment in which we operate. Click play on the video above to learn about some of the planned initiatives, including our strategy to make Necker Island energy independent (no more diesel generators!).
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.
On Necker Island, we are currently supporting The Robinson O'Neal Memorial Primary School. The Robinson O'Neal Memorial Primary School was one of the first schools in the area to be built for education purposes only in 1971. Prior to 1971, schools were housed in churches until the government began providing public buildings dedicated to education.
Over the years the school has evolved from a one-room building housing two classes to three additional buildings housing four classes in total, meaning more space for the growing number of students. Donations from local businesses have allowed for the addition of a computer lab and kitchen in recent years. The number of students continues to grow as education is an important focus in the BVI and all contributions are a big help!