The Crew

All hands on deck.

 

Welcome aboard the Hougoumont. As a distinguished guest, your every need is our concern. Manned by a small and dedicated team, our chatty crewmembers have been handpicked to enrich your journey, ranked by skillset and brought together by a love of small talk and sharing stories. We may speak different languages but we’re all fluent in adventure.

 

Meet the crew

 

NAME: Patrick Prendiville
POSITION: Hougoumont Captain
NATIONALITY: Australian
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: English + basic Spanish and French
FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES: Tennis, swimming and listening to classic guitar
BEST FREO SPOT: Freo Markets and all of Fremantle's hidden treasures on the West End

 

NAME: Marco Batacchi
POSITION:  General Manager
NATIONALITY: Australian Italian
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: English Italian French Spanish, few words in German and Japanese
FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES: Looking after Family, any sport, travelling, reading, good music driving motorbikes, painting
BEST FREO SPOT: Hougoumont Hotel, Strange Company and Riverside Road

 

NAME: Elizabeth Prendiville (Lizzie)
POSITION: Group Bookings and Conferences 
NATIONALITY: Australian
LANGUAGES: English
Fav Activities: painting, tennis, swimming
Best Freo spot: apart from Hougoumont Hotel of course then Bread in Common

 

NAME: Verleen Slako
NATIONALITY: Australian (Croatian descent)
POSITION: Sales and Business Developer (the connection between the Hougie vibes and the best corporate clients & events)
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: English and a little Croatian
FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES: Love the footy!
BEST FREO SPOT: La Sosta and its authentic Italian dishes

 

NAME: Carolina Zanon do Nascimento
POSITION: Executive Housekeeper and Social Media chica
NATIONALITY: Brazilian
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: Portuguese and English + basic Spanish and Italian
FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES: Travelling, writing, hiking, photography, listening to music and trying new restaurants
BEST FREO SPOT: Leighton Beach during the day and Little Creatures next door for sunset drinks

 

NAME: Deirdre (Dee) Purcell
POSITION: Accountant
NATIONALITY: Irish
SPOKEN LANGUAGES:  English
FAVORITE ACTIVITIES: Spending time at beach or in nature; travelling and discovering new places
BEST FREO SPOT: The Mantle or Manuka Woodfired kitchen

 

NAME: Martina Hlinena
NATIONALITY: Czech
POSITION: Senior Guest Service Agent (Maternity Leave)
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: Czech, English and basic Spanish & German
FAVORITE ACTIVITIES: Making trips with my family, swimming, cycling on Beach Road
BEST FREO SPOT: Seafood at Kailis Fish Market Café

 

NAME: Kirsty Ann West
POSITION: Sales and New Business Developer (the corporate agreements seeker)
NATIONALITY: Australian
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: English
FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES: Family time, exploring our beautiful town and glorious food
BEST FREO SPOT: Can't go past Mojos for a fun night out!

 


NAME: Racheal Nandolo
POSITION: Room Attendant & Relief Supervisor (gives some love to our Cabin and State Rooms and covers our manager during her time off)
NATIONALITY: Malawian
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: Chichewa and English
FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES: Exploring Perth City and surrounds, travelling, listening to music and dancing
BEST FREO SPOT: Fremantle Markets

 

NAME: Jemma Wuthenow
NATIONALITY: Australian
POSITION: Guest Services Agent
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: English and some German
FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES: Kitesurfing and dressmaking
BEST FREO SPOTS: The Local Hotel, Moore and Moore Cafe, Miss Chats, Fremantle Arts Centre.

 

NAME: Mark Edwards
NATIONALITY: British
POSITION: Guest Services Agent
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: English
FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES: Horse riding
BEST FREO SPOT: Fremantle Markets & Strange Company

 

NAME: Ivo Forghieri

POSITION: Houseman / Public Areas (everything apart from our Cabin and State Rooms)
NATIONALITY: Brazilian Italian
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: Portuguese, Spanish and English
FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES: Sports
BEST FREO SPOT: Little Creatures and Leighton Beach (North Fremantle)

 

NAME: Georgia Fletcher
POSITION: Guest Services Agent
NATIONALITY: Australian
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: English
FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES: Adventure and Travel, Music and Drawing, Swimming and Walking.
BEST FREO SPOT: Fremantle Markets and exploring South Terrace.