Our team

A friendly and dedicated bunch, our team is committed to delivering the highest levels of hospitality. Get to know the people behind The Petersham; we look forward to meeting you!

First class hospitality

The Petersham is privately owned and so we recognise that our staff make the biggest difference. We passionately believe in the consistency of service and whilst we appreciate that the individuality of the building may often be the reason that guests visit us, it’s ‘the team’ that ensures they return.

Here at The Petersham we really value our staff as we realise that they make all the difference when it comes to providing excellent customer service.

  • Greville Dare - Managing Director

    Greville has been involved with The Petersham since his family acquired the hotel in 1978 and currently divides his time managing both this hotel and our sister hotel, The Elvetham which was acquired in 2001. Alongside his family, Greville has instilled a family ethos across the hotels, and as a result has a dedicated team of loyal staff.

    Greville lives in Hampshire with his wife and three daughters and when away from the hotels, enjoys playing tennis, competing in classic motorsport and watching England win at Twickenham. In and around Richmond, Greville is a Trustee of the Museum of Richmond and enjoys attending the local Richmond theatres as much as possible.

    In April 2017, Greville ran the London Marathon to raise money for Asthma UK, The Petersham's charity of the year.

  • Philip Warden - General Manager

    Philip has been General Manager at The Petersham since 1998 and is responsible for the overall hotel operation, having built up a team of dedicated and caring staff over the years. Philip started his career in the pub trade, before moving into the luxury hotel market which brought him to Richmond.

    When he is not working, Philip enjoys riding horses, wining and dining with friends and family and occasionally roller blading!

  • Terence Filipe-O'Neill - Events Manager

    Terence is originally from County Wicklow, Ireland and has spent much of his career in the hospitality industry travelling throughout Europe. He started at The Petersham in 2013 and takes great pride in helping organise many of the special events and weddings held at the hotel.

    Outside of work, Terence takes competitive sport very seriously and once played hockey for the Irish national team.

    020 8939 1066

  • Begona Waring - Head Housekeeper

    Begona heads up a dedicated team of housekeepers and has been at The Petersham since 1992 ensuring that the hotel is kept at the highest of standards. Originally from Bilbao, Spain, she studied Tourism before travelling and settling in the UK.

    Begona particularly enjoys walking and loves exploring the nearby Bushy Park on her days off, often walking the picturesque 5k circuit around the park.

  • Umit Eruyar - Restaurant Manager

    Umit joined The Petersham in 2003 and has been looking after our restaurant guests since. Having started out in catering and hospitality in his home country of Turkey, Umit now has over 28 years of experience in the industry.

    In his spare time Umit likes to dine at other restaurants, as well as enjoying cycling and football (having once played professionally himself!).

    020 8939 1084

  • Jean-Didier Gouges - Head Chef

    Jean recently joined the team at The Petersham in October 2017 and is an accomplished chef having worked in restaurants across Mauritius, France and England. Most recently he has headed the team at Rhubarb of The Royal Albert Hall and the kitchens at St Pancras Hotel Group.

    Jean is a self-proclaimed perfectionist and lives and breathes food. Cooking is his passion and he is an experienced Chocolatier producing his own brand of chocolates.



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