Jenny Fenton, Manager
Jenny has returned to the Gambia after an absence of 4 years.
Having spent the last 35 years living and working around the world with the British Foreign Office, she decided to use her management skills to try her hand at running a beautiful hotel in the sun and Peter foolishly agreed to take her on!
Jenny was previously with the British High Commission (our neighbours) from 2005 to 2008. She left here to go to Libya where she was working when the revolution started. She was evacuated from Tripoli in February 2011 (on the last British flight out) and was one of the first to return in September 2011 with a brand new outfit of Body Armour!
Jenny has also served in Beirut, Singapore, Swaziland, Malta & New Delhi with short stints in Malawi, Mozambique, Cameroon, Baghdad and Algiers – to name but a few!
Ngala Lodge was always her favorite place to eat and spend time in The Gambia and Jenny is delighted to be now part of the Ngala family!“
Babba, Assistant manager
Baba has been at Ngala Lodge from practically the outset.
He first came to Peters attention whilst working as a private security guard with a company employed by Peter during the very early days. Following a dispute with the owner of the company he left Banjul and returned to his home village of Badibou Njie Kunda on the North bank. Two months later, due to Peter’s intervention, he was persuaded to return to Ngala.
Peter recognized Baba’s potential and two years later directly employed him, first as a guard, then as Receptionist and eventually Assistant Manager. A position he has now held since 2005. Baba is well respected by all, is an excellent motivational speaker and a born leader.
We consider ourselves very fortunate to have him on the team! (And thankfully he likes being here too!)
Jonathan Groves, Chef
Jonathan did his training at the Charing Cross Hotel in The Strand and Westminster College.
He then acquired the travel bug & thirst for new cultures & cuisines.
After a year in Libya he returned to London’s Barbican centre for two years and then spent 3 years in Amman, Jordan.
His first Executive chef position came at the age of 30, in then, a leading hotel of the Gambia.
After 3 years his hunger for more knowledge led him to Paris where he spent one year before returning to London again, at a casino in Knightsbridge where he stayed for 6 years, followed by a second visit to The Gambia in the largest hotel for another 6 years. The well worn chef’s clogs then moved through Abu Dhabi & Dublin before returning “back home” to The Gambia again in 2005.
He spent 3 years at one of the other 5 star boutique hotels here, a stint in Sweden and then here at Ngala since December 2010.
Jonathan’s style of cuisine is healthy and light, made easy (he says) by using the fresh fish, herbs & local produce.