Petit St. Vincent's Management Team

Petit St. Vincent’s core team are a group of highly specialized professionals that many of our repeat guests have grown to know and appreciate.

Petit St. Vincent's Management Team

We’re passionate about delivering a unique barefoot experience in the Caribbean.

Whether you are new or returning you’ll quickly make friends and reconnect with the same gentle and accommodating staff who ensure you enjoy an unforgettable time on the island.

Philip Stephenson

Phil is the board chairman and majority owner of Freedom Resorts Ltd, which owns Petit St. Vincent and operates the private island. A native of Texas, he previously founded and ran businesses in the petroleum (refining and marketing) and asset management (private equity) industries before selling those businesses and “retiring” to the Caribbean. Phil studied politics and then law at Harvard University. He is an avid sailor and diver, both passions are easy to enjoy on PSV.

Robin Paterson

Robin is one of the founders and shareholders of Freedom Resorts Ltd. He is a UK citizen, born in Tanzania, and a long-time resident of Barbados. Robin has over 30 years experience in the International Residential Property market and has been the CEO and majority shareholder in a number of UK real estate businesses including Hamptons International. Since 2005, Robin has invested in a number of Caribbean real estate projects. He has a collection of fine wines and his hobbies are sailing (a successful racer of Farr 40s), golf and water sports. For more information see

Matthew Semark

Matthew joined us as General Manager in August 2011. Matthew, who hails from Britain, has years of experience running luxury resorts in Southeast Asia and Africa. Most recently he was the General Manager at the Karma Jimbaran Resort in Bali, Indonesia, and before that was the General Manager at Fundu Lagoon Resort on Pemba Island in Zanzibar, Tanzania. He also worked with the renowned Áman Resort Group as Assistant Manager for their Ámanwana Resort on Moyo Island, Indonesia. Matthew started his hospitality career training and working as a Chef and is also a certified diving instructor.

Anie Ardiani

Anie joined us as Executive Assistant Manager in August 2011. Anie comes to Petit St.Vincent after serving as the Director of Rooms at The Balé Resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, and previously as the Assistant Manager at the Fundu Lagoon Resort in Zanzibar. Prior to this she served as the Cruise Director for Ámanwana Resort on Moyo Island,
in her native Indonesia and is also a certified diving instructor.

Otnel Samuel

Otnel is our Assistant General Manager and has worked at Petit St. Vincent since 1975, including many years as the right-hand man to its founder, Haze Richardson. In fact Otnel needs little introduction as he is one of the first faces recognized by our many returning guests. Otnel is from St. Vincent originally and his interests are traveling, especially to visit his family in New York and Vermont.

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