Our Staff Success Stories

Our Staff Success Stories

At Hayfield Manor, we take pride in seeing member of our staff progress in their careers during their time with us. Some of our success stories at Hayfield Manor include;

Karen Fleming

Karen holds an honours degree in Hotel & Catering Management from GMIT. In recent years she complemented her educational achievements by graduating top of her class with a first class Masters in Management & Marketing from neighbouring UCC.

A passion for travel has granted Karen the opportunity to combine career and culture with many years spent working in reputable and award winning establishments both at home and abroad.

Upon relocating back to her native Cork in 2010, Karen was delighted to join the team at Hayfield Manor. A love of meeting people and a genuine desire to provide guescts with an exceptional service encounter makes Hayfield the ideal work environment. Karen considers it “an inspiring experience to work in such a beautiful property and with a team of like-minded hospitality enthusiasts”.

Karen began her journey at Hayfield Manor as Breakfast Supervisor. She then went on to become Assistant Restaurant Manger of Orchids Restaurant followed by Operations Manager. It wasn't long before Karen became Assistant Hotel Manger which led her to the role of Sales & Marketing Manager of Hayfield Manor Hotel. Karen is now the Sales Director of Hayfield Family Collection.

John Burchill

John is from Guileen, a very small village in East Cork, just outside Whitegate & he went to school in Midleton. John studied at Cork Institute of Technology where he graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts and also holds a Business Honours Degree in Hospitality Management. 

John joined the team at Hayfield Manor back in 2013 where he began his journey as a bartender in the Manor Bar. He then moved into the very busy kitchen where he spent 9 months and following this he spent some time in Perrotts Garden Bistro. He then took up the role as
 Duty Manager where he did an excellent job which has led him to recently receiving a well deserved promotion to Conference & Banqueting Manager. He has already achieved tremendous success throughout his career and studies. It is a pleasure to work with John as he always brings a positive attitude to work.

Algis Petrauskas

Algis is a native of Lithuania and made the journey to Ireland in September 2010. He settled into life in a new country very quickly as he had previously lived in Norway for a brief period of time. Luckily for us, Algis’ first job in Ireland was at Hayfield Manor where he began his work journey as a Kitchen Porter before making the transition to food service where he assumed the role of waiter in Orchids Restaurant, Perrotts Garden Bistro and The Manor Bar! He has recently progressed to the Front Desk at Reception where he is doing a fantastic job at greeting guests and ensuring everyone is welcomed and made feel at home. Algis has a very positive attitude towards life and his work. He says that he appreciates every opportunity to learn and that one of the most important things is being dedicated to moving along in life. 

Ieva Urbutyte

Ieva a native of Lithuania made the journey to Ireland to visit her brother 10 years ago. She quickly fell in love with the culture & lifestyle of Cork which resulted in Ieva packing her bags to make Cork her new home.

Luckily for us, Ieva’s first job in Ireland was at Hayfield Manor. She began her work journey in housekeeping before making the transition to food service. Her passion for hospitality and dedication to exceeding expectations resulted in further promotion to breakfast manager of Orchids.

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