Meet the Pebbles Team–Readying Your Apartment in Nice and the French Riviera!
When you book your Riviera Pebbles apartment, you get a Nice rental apartment that will far surpass your expectations of what a Nice rental could be. Because along with your apartment, you also get the assistance of the Riviera Pebbles team. Our greeters and other team members appear to be psychic in the way they will anticipate your questions and have all answers at the ready. They’ve been there, done that and know people who know people, which of course, makes you feel like an immediate local resident with an all-access passeport to what’s hip, haute and fun. In short, our greeters facilitate the Nice holiday of your dreams. They’ve got your key to the front door. And the key to your most memorable Nice holiday.—Matt and Gayle Roberts
Matthew Roberts - Director. Matt can often be found hidden under accounting paperwork, maintenance reports and Gayle’s “helpful” to-do list. Matt has a background in renovating property in the UK (just for fun!) and over in France and knows his numbers. As well as keeping the rentals on the straight and narrow, Matt helps our investment sales clients snap up those investment bargains. He just wishes he had the funds to buy them himself! His old life in the UK as a microbiologist now seems like a distant memory—though he still remembers the rain of course. Along with Gayle, he founded the Nice Pebbles in 2006 and Riviera Pebbles in 2007.
Gayle Roberts - Director. Gayle will tell everyone that Matthew dragged her kicking and screaming from her old job as a solicitor in Manchester to the French Riviera, but really she just wanted Matthew to carry the responsibility if it all went wrong. Happily the change of career and lifestyle seems to suit her as much as Matthew. Now juggling being a mum with managing the rentals, she handles everything from guest relations, new client relations, website improvements and keeps an eye on how we can improve our service to our guests and clients. Gayle holds the carte professionelle, carte 11284 from the Prefecture des Alpes Maritimes.
Maggie Collins - Office Manager. Leaving England before her twenties, Maggie spent close to 40 years in the South of France before returning home. Prior to coming back to the UK, Maggie got to know our Nice team. One thing led to another and a few months after returning to the UK, we were able to persuade Maggie to come and head up our UK office. In her time in France Maggie worked in the yacht and luxury villa industry and has a wealth of experience of the hospitality industry. She also speaks fluent French.
Neil Brereton - Reservations. Neil joined the Pebbles team in late summer as our Bookings Manager. He brought with him almost 30 years of international experience in hospitality management. Originally from the UK, he has also worked in Bermuda, Australia, the Caribbean and the US. His experience includes management of independent hotels and resorts, condominiums, villas and holiday home rentals, including 4-diamond and 5-star properties. When not working he likes spending time with his family and enjoying the outdoors.
Jan Smith - Client Manager.After studying for A levels, Jan spent 18 months in South West France as a children’s nanny followed by 12 years in the travel sector, including a six month stint in Croatia as a resort representative. Jan also worked in London for many years, organising tailor made holidays to France and ski holidays all over Europe. This was followed by a somewhat late 'gap year' when Jan travelled extensively in Asia, Australasia and North America. She then worked in housing and marketing for the last fifteen years. She has two grown up children and enjoys hill walking as well as Jive and Salsa and is keen to learn Flamenco!
Emily Russel - Client Manager. After finishing a degree in Journalism in the UK, Emily moved to Nice in 2009 for what was supposed to be a two month holiday. Like many others, she immediately fell in love with the area, and the opportunity of a different lifestyle. As you can see, she’s still here and joined the Pebbles team in 2012 and many of our guests will meet her when they arrive. Our self-confessed adrenaline junkie, she now regular found hanging from rock cliffs and wants to learn Kite-Surfing this year. In our down time, Emily likes to travel the world but feels she will always come home to Nice.
Tina Fortunov - Store Manager. The manager of our store, Tina joined Pebbles in 2011. Originally from Bulgaria, Tina grew up between Bulgaria and Norway, cementing her love of international travel and languages. Tina converses in Bulgarian, Norwegian, French and English with ease. Also able to speak some Russian and Italian, we’re all very jealous indeed. She arrived in France where she met her Bulgarian husband and they now have a young son and a baby daughter. Before joining Pebbles, Tina was a receptionist in a Nice hotel. When she’s not working at Pebbles, Tina can be found behind a camera or teaching our team how to look their best – having studied make up along with photography.
Katie Barnes – Pebbles Representative / Reservations. Katie joined our reservations team in February 2014. After completing her A-Levels in French, philosophy and fine art, she pursued her creative talents in gaining an art degree from the Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. Upon graduating she moved to Southampton and worked for fashion company Arcadia in an administration and customer service role for 16 months. Now back in her hometown of Glossop, she enjoys keeping arty and crafty knitting and stitching gifts for friends and family as well as drawing and painting the Derbyshire landscape.
Eva Buckley – Pebbles Representative/Reservations. Eva joined Pebbles in 2014 straight out of school. Eva completed her studies in IT and customer service alongside working in our reservations department where she got to grips with our rentals office. She enjoys horse-riding, and travelling to new places. When she’s not out walking her dogs she enjoys going to gigs, watching films, and catching up on the latest Netflix series.
Katie Ann – Apprentice. After studying business studies and IT at A level, Katie took a year out working for local businesses. During this time Katie decided that she preferred full-time work and joined Pebbles at the end of 2015. She is our second apprentice and currently working towards her NVQ in Customer Service. Katie fell in love with the south of France when she first visited in 2010 and has been returning ever since. She enjoys going on long walks with her dog in the country side as well as going to gigs, shopping and catching up on the latest TV programmes.
Our Owners We choose our owners carefully. All of them are pro-active, pleasant to deal with and responsive to any problems that occur in the apartments. We all appreciate how they are continually open to suggestions by way of improvements. Without them there would be no Nice Pebbles or Riviera Pebbles and we wouldn’t be able to offer you the services we strive to give our guests.