ABOUT H2O GURU
H2O Guru is headed up by George Lambert.
George was born and grew up in the UK, and from a young age was sailing and kitesurfing on the freezing waters of England’s south coast. At 18, George left college and went straight into water sports and hospitality.
George worked for Mark Warner in their Greek and Egyptian resorts, teaching sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and wake boarding, and after two years became their youngest ever water sports manager. He was responsible for setting up a new resort for the company in Sardinia.
George then worked in Sir Richard Branson’s private ski chalet in Verbier. On his first day working in Verbier, George met his future wife, Alice.
After spending a year in Verbier, George moved to the British Virgin Islands to work on Sir Richard’s Necker Island, where he taught water sports to the world’s most successful, talented and wealthy people.
George was given the role of managing the activities department, with responsibility for all the recruitment, training, development and management of the activity staff team. George had ultimate responsibility for the safety of guests and staff when they were doing any activity or excursion while staying on the island - from the moment they stepped off their private plane, to the moment they took off again.
Behind the scenes on Necker Island, George managed the provisioning of all activities equipment and the purchasing of unique luxury tenders for the island resort. Managing a capex budget of $1.7m and making sure that the 23-boat fleet was maintained and equipped to a constantly high standard he developed a daily servicing schedule and preventative maintenance programs.
George then assumed the role of Centralized Services Manager working across Necker and Moskito islands, streamlining productivity and purchasing to ensure economies of scale and efficient running of both islands. This role was pivotal in the reopening of Necker and Moskito islands following hurricane Irma and involved building planning, FF&E and ops equipment procurement, and hiring and training the new island team.
George also managed the procurement and logistics department spanning both islands and was responsible for end to end shipping from suppliers to the island. This involved working with freight forwarders and international shippers, customs and brokers, barges and local logistics to deliver items on time in the year of rebuild.
George developed a consolidation service and tracking system for all Virgin entities in the BVI to ensure cost effective shipping from Miami to the BVI. Included in this role was the operation for inter-island logistics including contractor, guest and staff movements to and from the airport with in house captains and boats. This included a staff boat and bus service contract running a busy schedule for all 400 staff working across both islands.
George also had responsibility for the management of Health and Safety across Necker and Mosktio islands, working with all department heads to run H&S training sessions, write Standard Operating Procedures, chair monthly H&S meetings and all incident recording and management of issues.
"George demonstrated his selfless and compassionate nature following the devastation of Hurricane Irma in 2017 by cancelling his honeymoon to come back to the BVI and aid the relief efforts. George was an integral part of the rebuild on Necker and supporting the local community efforts on our neighbouring islands.”
Sir Richard Branson