My name is Helen and I am the Finance Manager of The Dragon Hotel. I’ve been here now for 4 years, coping with the demands that are involved with a busy four star hotel. I didn’t have a single grey hair before I started working here – and now my roots get done every four weeks!!! I am also the treasurer of Port Talbot Operatic Society, and our next production is Guys & Dolls – Auditions take place in September! In my spare time I enjoy going to different restaurants, and have recently dined at Casamia in Bristol, which has a Michelin Star, and Jamie Oliver’s newly opened restaurant in Cardiff. I would highly recommend both restaurants, but obviously not above our very own Brasserie!!!
My first Accounts Assistant is Kelly, originally from Grimsby has only recently started with me, having previously been at Comyn Ching & Co (Solray) Ltd . She has a very busy role within the business, including making sure everyone gets their pay packet, but has taken it all in her stride. When she is not in work she is playing mum to ten year old Louise and wife to Mark, and when she can she enjoys going to the cinema and socializing with friends.
My second Accounts Assistant is Hazel. Hazel is originally from Dublin on the Emerald Isle. She has lived in Wales for nine years and has been at The Dragon Hotel for five years. Hazel is mum to five year old Kacey and also is glowing with pride as she is six months pregnant. She’s chosen not to find out if it’s a boy or a girl, and doesn’t mind which one it is, but currently likes Cillian for a boy or if it’s a girl she likes Kiera – two strong irish names!
Finally, I share my office with The Hotel Administrative Manager. Owen has been with us for three years but has recently secured a position within The Civil Service, which he joins next week. His replacement is Sarah, who has only been here for three days coming directly from Bassetts Citroen in Landore, but is picking everything up very quickly. Unusually, both Owen and Sarah lived oppposite each other in the small village of Penclawdd when they were just little children, have both moved around the entire country between the them and have been joined together for one last time at The Dragon. Penclawdd, of course, is world famous for it’s production of Cockles, Laverbread and Donkeys.
We are all going to miss Owen when he leaves next week. He has brought invaluable knowledge and assistance to the hotel, both operationally and in the back office departments. You can see the pictures of Owen as Santa Claus for our Christmas In July party on our Facebook page.