After starting her career in hospitality as a teenager, Sarah has progressed from a prestigious graduate scheme to Duty Manager at Langdale.
“I went to university in Manchester and graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism,” she said. “I applied for the De Vere graduate scheme and was picked as one of six nationwide. I worked for them for about three years, met my husband Scott in the process, and then moved back to Cheshire.
“I’d furthered my career with De Vere but Scott hadn’t really furthered himself, so he decided he’d like to come to Cumbria as one of our old head chefs was working at Langdale.
“I started at Langdale as Assistant Restaurant Manager, progressed to Restaurant Manager and then left briefly for 11 months as there weren’t any opportunities to progress at that time.
“I always knew that I wanted to return to Langdale, and they contacted me about my current role eight months after I left.
“When I first came for my interview at Langdale, I was asked where I wanted to be in five years’ time and I said I wanted to be an Operations Manager. My role is not called that, but it’s essentially the same. Langdale has helped me to progress to where I want to be and I’m really enjoying what I’m doing.
“I work with the Hotel Manager and we cover all aspects of managing the business on a day-to-day basis. We’re constantly on the move and no day is ever the same, so it’s very exciting and you never get bored.
“The management team are based here on site, so you get answers to questions and things get done quickly. Working for a corporate company, you can ask a question and wait three weeks for an answer. Here, I can just pop into the office.
“You never feel alone as you’ve always got people to bounce ideas off. You get to know people and their personalities, so they’re friends as well as colleagues. We all have very good relationships with our Senior Management Team and Board of Directors.
“At Langdale, we have regular guests and lodge owners who come once every year and that’s really special. I pop in to see some of our lodge owners as I’ve known them for so many years. They love Langdale and love to see familiar faces, which is lovely. We’re really, really lucky.
“Langdale has really encouraged us, and particularly Scott, to progress in our careers.”