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Key Staff

  • Dedicated chefs committed to providing excellent meals

We recognise that our staff are our greatest asset and the key to ensuring the provision of a consistent and varied food offer. We invest both time and resources in developing the necessary skills to ensure our staff remain motivated and focused.

  • Andrew Hailes

    Andrew Hailes is Deputy Bursar at College with cross-site responsibility for Catering, Housekeeping, the Sports Centre and Commercial Operations. He joined College in 1995 following a successful career in Hotel Management.

  • Michael Rooke

    With over 25 years experience in the Hotel Industry, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge of his role as Executive Head Chef. Michael oversees the entire food provision across College and is at the forefront of new ideas, menu development and pupil liaison.

  • Joanna Moore

    Having worked in Front of House Operations within the Hotel and Catering industry since 1989, Joanna is a skilled and approachable individual who is continually striving to improve our Front of House Operations.

  • Darren Thane

    Darren Thane is Head Chef at Cheltenham College. He started at Cheltenham Prep in 1986 and transferred to College a few years later. Eventually making his way to the position of Head Chef.

  • Paulo Oliveira

    Paulo joined College in September 2015 as Front of House Manager. He is a familiar face in the Dining Hall liaising with pupils, staff and parents. He also works at the Prep School. Paulo excels in languages and is able to converse easily with many of the international pupils in their native language.

  • Francisco Palomo

    Francisco 'Frankie' Palomo began his career at the Prep in 2006 before moving across the road to College in 2014 as the Chef for Valens. He aims to provide a varied selection of fresh local foods while incorporating many dishes from around the world.