Our dedicated Team
We provide our guests with a truly exceptional Highland experience. We have put together a small but dedicated team to make your stay at Links House special from beginning to end. Meet the team who are responsible for delivering impeccable service at one of the most luxurious Scottish Highlands Hotels.
Phil Scott, Operations and Restaurant Manager
Phil Scott joins the Links House team in February 2019. Phil was born and raised in Aberdeen and is delighted to be returning to his homeland after overseas work experience in South China, Mongolia and Singapore. He has 20 years of experience in the high-end of hospitality, specifically in the wine, beverage and food sector. His experience will be invaluable in strengthening all aspects of the Links House Food and Beverage operation and he will work closely with Head Chef Javi, to take the Links House restaurant to the next level of excellence. In his younger days, Phil played rugby and this led him to try Australian Rules Football (AFL), resulting in him being selected for Scotland’s national AFL Team! Nowadays Phil is happier on two wheels or on the golf course.
Javier Dominguez Santos, Head Chef
Javi joined Links House in 2018 from The Rocpool Reserve in Inverness as our new Head Chef. A prodigy of the Roux stable, Javi has made a name for himself on stages at Le Gavroche and The Waterside Inn culminating in the Head Chef role at The Rocpool Reserve. As a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts since 2014 and winner of a Highlands and Islands Tourism Award, Javi brings to Links House a wealth of local and International experience.
Beata Pett, Head Housekeeper
Beata is Polish and came to Scotland in 2004 joining the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness first as Housekeeper and was promoted to Head Housekeeper. She stayed at Kingsmills for 10 years and joined Links House in April 2014 as a Housekeeper. She has been awarded the Young Ambassador of the Year at the Highland and Islands Tourism Awards in 2008.
Alastair Kennedy, Manager of Highland Experiences
Alastair joined the Links House team in August of 2017. He has had an interesting and active life, having served in the military with the UK’s Gurkha Brigade and for the Singapore Government, over a 30 year period. As our Manager of Highland Experiences, Alastair looks after all guest activities and excursions and also helps Links House to promote these unique offerings to the UK and international travel sector. He has a wealth of experience in the outdoor domain, having been trained as an Experiential Learning Instructor with Outward Bound – he is also a Mountain Bike Leader and will be available to lead walks and off-road bike trips to local areas and beyond. Alastair is the son of Sir Ludovic Kennedy, former journalist, broadcaster and author. His mother was Moira Shearer, a famous ballerina best known for her lead role in The Red Shoes.
Melissa Anderson, Assistant Manager
Melissa is the key team member responsible for the standards of service at Links House. Melissa has a thorough understanding of all departments and is responsible for leading this team effort in delivering the renowned “Life at Links” ethos for each of our guests. Born and bred in Dornoch, Melissa has grown up playing the links of Royal Dornoch Gof Club since the age of 5, she knows the local area inside out and will be delighted to recommend nearby places to visit or alternative local courses to play. No matter how small your request may be Melissa and the team will be on hand to ensure we meet and endeavour to exceed your expectations and deliver an experience you will return for time and time again.