The Team

We are passionate about making Feldon Valley the best it can be and believe our team is a vital part of this. We take great care in recruiting individuals with a great work ethic, good team work and respectful values. If this sounds like something you would love to be a part of, please visit our ‘careers’ section to see what roles are available.

Management

David King

David King

General Manager

David joined us at the start of 2018 to oversee the development and launch of the clubhouse and hotel and will manage the whole operation once our exciting developments have been completed. Although new to the world of golf he has over fifteen years of management experience within the hospitality industry and has managed hotels and property in South Africa, London & Oxfordshire. The Feldon Valley tag line of Cotswolds – Community – Nature resonates firmly with his professional outlook, and David looks forward to maintaining strong links with the local community whilst developing the property into a dynamic workplace for our employees and a wonderful destination for all our guests.

Should you have any questions, concerns or feedback, his door is always open to members and guests of Feldon Valley, and he can be contacted on 01608 685633 or via email at [email protected]

Lara Jacques

Lara Jacques

Office & HR Manager

Lara joined Feldon Valley in early 2017. She is a key member of the management team, looking after all the administration of the business, including Human Resources and Health & Safety. As an associate CIPD member, Lara uses her HR knowledge to drive positive change within the business by ensuring professional standards and employee wellbeing and development is fostered.  Lara spent 10 years as a Police Officer prior to joining the Feldon Valley team and brings a wonderfully caring approach to staff, members and guests.  If that was not enough, she is also an accomplished photographer and has been commissioned to create a gallery of Cotswold photographs that now adorn the walls of the Clubhouse and Hotel.

Lara can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Golf Team

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Director of Golf

Tom is a PGA Professional with over 30 years experience. Tom joined the team at Feldon Valley in 2014. He has worked within golf in the Cotswolds area for many years at the likes of Cherwell Edge, Tadmarton, and most recently Drayton Golf Centre. Tom’s is the man to speak to about all things golf. Be it lessons, new equipment, joining the club, green fees, society bookings or days out. Tom’s service ethic is second to none so please don’t hesitate to contact him, he’ll be happy to help – [email protected]

Alex Doherty

Alex Doherty

Golf Operations Supervisor

Joining Feldon Valley in 2014, Alex has worked his way up through the business, with a versatile character trait allowing him to gain a well-rounded knowledge of every aspect of Feldon Valley. Alex is very personable, and has experience with all aspects of the golf club, be it, running competitions, organising societies, or even club repairs. He is also well versed at introducing new members to the Golf Club, and will help you to meet new members and help with anything from competitions, to meeting existing members to make your membership at Feldon Valley a worthwhile experience.

Ozkan Baykal

Ozkan Baykal

Golf Professional

A former teacher and Sports Co-Ordinator, Ozkan forms part of our tuition team and offers a variety of lessons for groups and individuals. He has gained valuable experience working in some fantastic golf clubs across the Midlands, Buckinghamshire and lastly in Dubai before joining the team at Feldon Valley. Being a member of the PGA Golf Academy at the University of Birmingham along with being a TPI (Titleist Performance Institution) Certified Professional he has vast knowledge and understanding of current coaching methods and uses a variety technology, such as video analysis and launch monitors for all ability and ages. Having a great eye for detail he is also skilled in customer fitting and equipment repairs.

Greenkeepers

Chris Outten & Lee Hitchman

Chris Outten & Lee Hitchman

Head & Deputy Head Greenkeeper

Chris (pictured right) and his team have a passion for golf course conditioning. Chris has worked down in Sussex at championship courses, across the Wiltshire downs and now here at Feldon Valley since 2006. He has a wealth of experience and working closely with his deputy Lee (pictured left) and the clubs agronomist Phil Armitage, Chris has managed a change progression which has seen this wonderful piece of Cotswolds countryside finally given the quality and standard of golf course that it deserves. True putting surfaces and good grass coverage are Chris’s mantra and that’s what he delivers.– [email protected]

The Kitchen

Darren Brown

Darren Brown

Executive Head Chef

Darren joined the team in February 2019 as Executive Head Chef of The Kitchen and brings the prestige of having gained a Michelin star in 2008 at West Stoke House in Chichester.

Aside from this impressive accolade, Darren brings a wealth of experience from roles including Head Chef of the Kingham Plough, Development Chef for The Lucky Onion Group in the Cotswolds, Personal Chef for Lord and Lady Bamford in Daylesford and Sous Chef at Monsieur Max in Richmond, working under Head Chef Alex Bentley at the 1 Michelin Star establishment.

As Executive Head Chef at The Kitchen, Darren is responsible for providing a range of catering options from breakfast and the Bar menu to lunch and dinner, offering locals, golf members and overnight guests a high-end dining experience enjoyed at a laid back pace – set against our backdrop of knockout views.

Darren is passionate about quality local produce and supports local suppliers to source ingredients for his latest creations.  He also champions our Ecology Island to supplement his supplies with the freshest ingredients from the Feldon soil.

Hotel

Lydia Ernst

Lydia Ernst

Hotel Front of House Manager & CIC HR Manager

Lydia joined the team this August ahead of the launch of the Lodges at Feldon Valley. She brings with her several years of hotel operations and management experience. Her time in the glamorous safari lodge business in South Africa has focused her on the details of customer service and the guest journey, and she is excited to bring this to the Lodges.

Lydia is a hugely positive person and is passionate about people; and how HR processes can encourage and support learning and developing talent in the workplace. She is excited about building a new team, developing a positive culture and launching an exciting new business in the Cotswolds.

Restaurant & Bar

Olly Cooper

Olly Cooper

Restaurant & Bar Manager

Olly joined us in February 2019 after much persuasion to leave the energy of London and the pressure environment of high-end hospitality on the international sporting circuit.  Olly brings with him a wealth of experience of event management and the ability to deliver the highest possible levels of customer service and is impressively fluent in German, Italian and French.

Olly and his team can be found in our Restaurant and Bar and are always ready to help so please do contact him directly should you have any questions regarding meals or drinks at Feldon Valley.

[email protected]