Meet the Team

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Our Fish&Pips team 2013-14 is slowly taking shape. Watch this space for some new (and some old!) faces that will make up the new team!


Philippa Hartley - Director, Devon

Philippa Hartley - Director, Devon

Philippa 'Pips' can't quite believe F&P is starting it's 8th winter - where has time gone?! When not being run ragged by her two small children, Ned and Clemmie - Philippa can be found at her desk at HQ in Devon holding the purse strings! This winter she is looking forward to spending a bit more time in the Alps with the family and not being pregnant!!




Holly Fisher - Director, Les Allues & Alderney

Holly Fisher - Director, Les Allues & Alderney

Holly - the 'Fish' spends the winter in Meribel running the resorts and looking after guests with Clare and the rest of the team. Amongst many other F&P tasks Holly makes it her goal to visit all the F&P guests on a weekly basis to ensure they have everything they need. Holly thrives on working alongside a great team, meeting the guests, being out in the mountains and the superb food produced by the F&P chefs year on year. Holly's summers are spent running her second business The Georgian House - a successful restaurant, pub and hotel on Alderney in the Channel Islands. Look out for Holly on the slopes around Meribel and Val d'Isere and expect to see her for a canapè or two during your stay with Fish & Pips, she does need to make sure they're to the right standard after all!




Babs Wills, F&P Sales, Devon

Babs Wills, F&P Sales, Devon

Having spent several seasons in the Alps (Val d'Isère and Verbier), Babs decided to lay her routes in Devon just around the corner from F&P HQ. This is her 3rd year aboard the F&P team and she will be busy selling holidays and answering any queries you have about our lovely chalets. When the summer months arrive, Babs runs www.salcombefinest.com offering exclusive holiday rental accommodation in the heart of Salcombe plus online sales of delicious Salcombe shellfish!




Clare Truphet - Meribel & Operations Manager

Clare Truphet - Meribel & Operations Manager

Now living year round in Meribel and in to her 4th winter at F&P, Clare looks after the Meribel guests and chalets during the winter season, whilst trying to make the most of the snowier side of things. In the summer she works with Holly and Philippa getting things ready for the coming season and dealing with all things related to our operations here in France. She is excited about getting stuck in to her fourth winter with F&P, working with a great team yet again, and looking after lots of repeat and some new guests.




Liz O'Hagan - Pre-Holiday Care, Meribel

Liz O'Hagan - Pre-Holiday Care, Meribel

I am delighted to say that I will be returning to the Meribubble for a hat-trick of seasons! They say if you do more than two seasons you’ve caught the bug for it. Hands up, I’ve got it! I wasn’t sure my 2nd season could top my 1st, but it did. I explored so much more of the three valleys, from touring up the Bourne glacier, to skiing down couloirs, to telemark skiing (free the heel, free the mind!). I also got to know so many more great people in resort who made the whole experience even better craic! And don’t get me started on the music scene... the talent is unreal! Thanks to Fish and Pips, I have been offered a job which is both new and exciting. I am looking forward to helping guests before they arrive in resort, in the hopes of making their holiday more enjoyable and stress-free. I will also be there to support the other staff and pass on any tips to the hosts, which might help them look after our F&P guests even better and make even more of the mountain. I can’t wait to meet the new additions to our team. Season 2013-2014...we're ready for you!




Lucy Collins - Chalet Host, Meribel

Lucy Collins - Chalet Host, Meribel

The last two years have been hectic. To date I have graduated uni, lived in Bolivia, seen Machu Picchu, completed two internships in London, rolled some burritos, had knee surgery and, the highlight so far, been a Fish & Pipper in Meribel. I finished last season already craving another and am thrilled to be returning for round two. I cannot wait to be back in the Bel, bombing down Creux (my favourite run in the 3 Valleys), donning my onesie (a mint green quilted ensemble with matching bumbag) and reopening my tab at the best bar around, the Lodge du Village. I have no doubt this season will bring with it a plethora of great people, old and new, some epic powder days (fingers crossed!) and many great Kodak moments. I can’t wait - let the countdown begin!




Nicky Clode - Chalet Host, Meribel

Nicky Clode - Chalet Host, Meribel

Having had a fantastic winter with Fish & Pips last year, with some amazing guests and some awesome powder, I tried to pretend that sunshine beaches were really what I was looking for. It turns out you can't have it all, and the lure of snowy peaks are just too much. I can't wait to get back on board (or in my case, my skis) with Fish & Pips in Village.




Jess Quiney - Chalet Host, Meribel

Jess Quiney - Chalet Host, Meribel

The most important thing I have learned while studying Classics at Cambridge is to find a happy balance between working hard and having lots of fun. I have decided to leave behind the dead languages of Latin and Greek and to trade them in for a wonderful winter of enjoying Mutzig, Meribel and the merriment of the Fish and Pips team. My ultimate aim is to work in the international development sector, but right now I have decided to put saving the world on hold and to grab the chance to do a ski season, taking a well earned break between my academic career and my grown up one. I may be rather small but I have lots of enthusiasm, and I am really excited to meet the team and the guests. This winter is certainly set to be a good'un!




Tim Marchant - Chalet Chef, Meribel

Tim Marchant - Chalet Chef, Meribel

After a few years of restaurant cheffing and the completion of my degree in International Culinary Arts, I decided to take a leap and do something different. This will be my first year at Fish and Pips, and I am looking forward to using my passion for cooking to create an exciting and varied menu. I am always ready for a new challenge, and look forward to learning how to ski, and meeting lots of new people too.




Samantha Brown - Chalet Chef, Meribel

Samantha Brown - Chalet Chef, Meribel

My catering experience has taken me around the world cooking and travelling in some amazing countries. I decided after many years of working as a chef I wanted to study and competed a degree in human nutrition. After this I moved to the big smoke for a year but have decided I need to have a break and get back to cooking the type of food I love to cook in an incredible location. This will be my first season and who better to do it with than Fish and Pips. I am super excited to start the season and look forward to meeting the team and creating some outstanding food.




Duncan Smith - Chef, Meribel

Duncan Smith - Chef, Meribel

I've been working in a large luxury hotel in Bermuda this summer, which has been a big change from my domestic kitchen in the Chalet Corblettes last year! I've had a chance to work with chefs from every continent, and I'm intending to put some of these ideas into my menus for the coming winter. I'm excited about getting back to Meribel Village, not least for the LDV and the best bakery in France. See you there!




William Bissill - Chef, Meribel

William Bissill - Chef, Meribel

A few days after coming back from last season I knew I wanted to go back. The opportunity to work in a town with some of the best skiing in the world and to cook my own menu was too much to resist. I have always cooked from an early age (to escape lasagna for several nights of the week), my cooking career followed on to completing a 3 Year Chef’s diploma and getting experience in a variety of places. The last few years I have been avoiding a city job like the plague and have done a range of things from running my own farmers market business, to travelling across Southeast Asia, and working in Fine dining establishments.




Tom Mankiewitz - Driver, Meribel

Tom Mankiewitz - Driver, Meribel

After 2 years away from the mountains Tom has decided to escape another wet and windy winter in Brighton. Past winters in the snow have ingrained Tom’s love for snowboarding and the mountains. Whether a complete white out or 25 degree sun and slush you can expect to see Tom riding the lifts religiously. With lots of experience in customer service and having completed his training as a carpenter we are sure Tom will be the perfect fit for our driver/ maintenance role and we look forward to welcoming him to Meribel this coming season.




Jem Heinemeier - Chalet Host, Meribel

Jem Heinemeier - Chalet Host, Meribel

Having worked as an archaeologist for the last 6 years I decided that I'd much rather be shovelling snow in France than frozen soil in Scotland during the cold winter months! I have only been snowboarding for 4 seasons but caught the bug immediately and simply cannot get enough of the mountains; working a season is something I've been keen to do since I first strapped a board to my feet! I have been fortunate enough to have boarded in several amazing ski resorts around Europe but I'm yet to discover the wonders of The Three Valleys and am super excited to do so. I am absolutely ecstatic to be working for Fish & Pips and eagerly look forward to meeting the rest of the team and helping all our guests have incredible holidays!




Imogen Taylor – Chalet Host, Meribel

Imogen Taylor – Chalet Host, Meribel

Having spent three years studying English at Exeter University I could not be more excited about heading out to Meribel this Winter! I've always wanted to work a season, and so I couldn't be more excited about escaping the English rain and gloom for the snowy peaks of the Alps. I've always been sporty, which will hopefully equip me to give snowboarding a go…Other than spending time on the slopes I am really excited about meeting the Fish and Pips guests and getting into the swing of life as a chalet girl! After this Winter I should probably think about joining the real world and working in London but for now nothing could bring me more joy than joining the Fish and Pips team this Season. See you in the snow!




James Ireland - Chalet Chef, Meribel

James Ireland - Chalet Chef, Meribel

After a short boarding holiday in Tignes staying with friends a few years ago I knew I wanted to enjoy a season in the snow. Fish & Pips are brilliant as they allow the chefs the freedom to cook great food, designing menus every week and working only 100 metres from the Golf chairlift, perfect for a beginner boarder!




Alexis Morton - Resort Manager, Val d'Isère

Alexis Morton - Resort Manager, Val d'Isère

This will be my 5th season working in Val d'Isère having come to calling it almost home! I first did a season here when I finished university in 2006, ventured to Meribel for a season, went travelling for 18 months, followed by two more seasons in Val. I then decided to try and settle and moved to London for almost two years but the city life just didn't cut it for me so I find myself back here for my 6th season surrounding myself with everything snow related. What more could you want from life than working in the mountains and getting to ski every day with your friends. Here's to a great season with the Fish and Pips team!!




Mark Ostheimer - Chalet Host, Val d'Isère

Mark Ostheimer - Chalet Host, Val d'Isère

It’s been a wild year for me having spent the last 9 months cycling through 20 different countries with my enormous touring bike, living in a tent, washing in rivers, being chased by wild dogs in Croatia, narrowly avoiding an attack by two brown bears in Slovenia, living with hippies in Bulgaria and clocking 10,500kms on two wheels! I’ve wanted to work a ski season for years and am thrilled to be part of the Fish & Pips team here in Val d’Isere, and to avoid being stuffed on an aeroplane I cycled here too! The skiing is amazing in Val, the town is alive every day of the week and I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend the winter. I'm looking forward to meeting you!




Amber Langhan - Chalet Host, Val d'Isère

Amber Langhan - Chalet Host, Val d'Isère

After a whirlwind year of working in the fast-paced London events industry, I am looking forward to my first ski season at Val d'Isere. Last year I moved to London from Wellington, New Zealand to work on a hosting programme during the Olympic Games. It wasn't long before I experienced my first British winter and am now very much looking forward to making the most of this coming winter in the pristine beauty of the snowy Alps. Half way through my two year European OE, What better way to experience the very best of the Northern Hemisphere winter than to live it. I can't wait to meet the team and all of our fabulous guests.




Samantha Carlton - Chalet Chef, Val d'Isère

Samantha Carlton - Chalet Chef, Val d'Isère

Hi im sam! Ive been a chef for many years now and its slowly taking me around the world, I spent a year working in America, and a short spell in Germany along with travelling around the UK as a temp chef, nothing beats being back home in Gods County itself though (Yorkshire that is). I love the outdoors and im a bit of an adrenaline junkie at heart, I did my first skydive in Aruba last year but now Im looking forward to combining my love of skiing and cooking great food in my first ski season, see you all on the slopes!




Ben Hobbs, Chalet Chef – Val d'Isère

Ben Hobbs, Chalet Chef – Val d'Isère

After moving to London early this year all the way from New Zealand I'm delighted to be joining the Fish and Pips team for the 2013/2014 winter season. Chefing has been my passion from a young age and after working in catering and restaurants the big move overseas has been long in the making. To be able to mix my enjoyment of snowboarding (yes I'm a boarder) and cooking together in the beautiful French Alps is a dream! I look forward to meeting the guests and rest of the team and to making the most of this year’s ski season.




Sheridan Fredericks, Chalet Chef – Val d'Isère

Sheridan Fredericks, Chalet Chef – Val d'Isère

I'm very excited to be joining the Fish & Pips team this winter season. Being a typical Aussie girl, I'm unaccustomed to snow and ice, I have never skied or had any use ski grips but I'm pumped and ready to learn. I'm sure I'll have many painful experiences on the mountain! I was trained in fine dining but appreciate warm comforting food that tastes good and isn't pretentious. I spent three and half years honing my skills in Hotels in Sydney and decided to travel to gain more insight and experience. I found myself in Alderney working at the Georgian House and fell in love with the community and the friendly team. After such an amazing summer I knew this opportunity to join Fish & Pips was a great move. I can't wait to meet all my guests and the team. What better back drop then the French Alps to inspire a feast!




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