Carina Martins – General Manager, Stanneylands Hotel
Dynamic, educated and warm, Stanneylands’ Brazilian General Manager Carina Martins is raring to guide Wilmslow’s renowned and refurbished hotel into a new phase. Armed with a University of São Paolo Masters in Tourism, Carina knows her stuff both academically and hands-on. At 35, this happily married mother of two already has three general managerial posts under her belt, including a 2016 interim Berkshire position, after settling her family in Warrington.
Multilingual Carina said: “I really understand the passion and demands of opening and re-opening hotels, especially if they’re family-owned like Brazil’s prestigious Fasano group, where I worked for nine years, and Mark Boler’s Mere collection here. Bringing a person’s vision to life is what moves and inspires me. Stanneylands is intimate. It’s about providing the ‘best of British’. I don’t need to be born here to get the message. I believe in it.”
So why relocate here? Carina’s Italian-Brazilian roots underpinned her love of travel, people and languages. At five, she’d so envied a UK-based cousin’s ability to understand pop lyrics, she insisted on English lessons. But it was her year’s undergraduate work experience in Bristol in 2002 which affirmed her true Anglophile status, mad keen to return to the North, not London.
She had to wait. Back at uni, she fell for Ricardo Nakama, a co-student of Korean-Japanese descent. They married, had children, and she developed her career. To Carina, hospitality’s not a job, it’s a vocation that her superiors acknowledged by promoting her to general manager at 28.
Yet England beckoned. Increasingly aware of São Paolo’s potential dangers, in 2014, the couple started planning last year’s big move. Over here, public sector lawyer Ricardo is the willing house-husband-come-administrator, and workaholic Carina feels so at home she even claims to enjoy our weather.
Manned by 75 staff, the revamped Stanneylands has 52 rooms, an 80-capacity open-plan Tap and Pantry eating area, a formal restaurant, open evenings and Sunday lunchtimes, plus the 100-capacity function room upstairs.
Carina’s life is jam-packed with long working hours and parenting kids who just can’t wait to see Stanneylands up and running – under Mum’s highly informed say-so, of course.