The Stocks Family
Paul Armorgie (Owner/General Manager) – owned and managed Stocks with his family from 1979 until 2009. The Armorgie family can trace their ancestry back to Brittany and the French Huguenots. They arrived in Sark via Cheshire, Surrey and Sussex before the family bought Stocks in 1979. Paul trained at the world renowned Westminster Hotel School in London where Jamie Oliver and Antony Worrall-Thompson also trained. After college Paul worked with Brian Turner and Gary Rhodes at the small, privately owned Capital Hotel next door to Harrods in Knightsbridge, London. Paul met his wife, Jane, in London and they were married at St Peters Church in Sark in 1990. Today they have three teenage children. Jane owns and operates the Island Stores and newsagents on the Avenue in Sark. Paul has been a member of the British Institute of Hospitality for 37 years.
Helen and Alex Magell (Owners) – Helen’s grandparents moved to Sark in 1972 and she would spend her summer holidays in Sark driving horses & carriages. Alex originally hails from Lancashire. They met and and fell in love at Agricultural College in the UK after which Helen introduced Alex to the delights of Sark over the next few years. Alex subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Helen as a Teacher. They were thrilled when they had the chance to move to Sark together with their expanding family in 1999. As neighbours and friends of Paul and his family over the last ten years they were both excited to have the chance to work together on the hotels new development and the ongoing daily management of Stocks. They share Paul’s passion of giving people a true Sark welcome and helping them enjoy the hospitality and beauty of the island, which is also their home.
Kathleen Dewe (Assistant Manager) – Kathleen first came to Sark in the summer of 1982 to undertake a period of work experience from catering college in Scotland. She met and married Nick, the son of a local dairy farmer, and she has lived on Sark ever since. She started working full time at Stocks Hotel in 2008 and was an integral part of the team during the recent renovations although is now pleased to hang up her hard hat and slip back into her high heels! Today she juggles her role at Stocks whilst being a full-time working mum with three teenage children.