Please meet a few of the people who all work in different ways in Foot Trails team to help ensure you enjoy a memorable British walking holiday.
Founder, Director, Development
In 2014 she had the privilege to receive one of only 20 scholarships available in the UK to study under world renowned professors at the Kellogg School of Management at the North Western University, Chicago, Illinois USA. More recently Alison joined delegates from companies such as Land Rover, Jaguar, The Post Office and London Heathrow at the London School of Economics to discuss how to create trusted brands and products with purpose.
Alison is proud of her country roots as a farmer’s daughter. This, she says, has made her not only appreciate nature and rural economies but given her resourcefulness and determination.
Executive Assistant to Founder and MD Alison
With over 15 years as a PA, Claire joins the Foot Trails team as Executive Assistant to Alison. Her considerable experience gained working for a number of innovative companies in London sees her supporting Alison on a day to day level as well as supporting Foot Trails wider business goals.
With a passion for the outdoors and walking, Claire hopes to tick off a few more challenging hiking trips having completed hikes in Wales and the Alps regions. Claire now lives in the beautiful Georgian City of Bath and loves to explore the surrounding countryside enjoying all the South West has to offer, including learning to surf!
Trail Creator, Private Guide, Trip Planner
David enjoyed a high pressured career in retail buying and travelled the world before Alison persuaded him to become a director for Foot Trails. Over the past decade David has been a part of the exploration of South West England creating trails, exploring new areas and researching local stories and legend.
David grew up in the Cotswolds where he would often be found raiding the best wild plum trees or walking the hills with the family dog Meg. He loves the freedom of walking. Space to breathe and slow down.
Recently David has taken on additional responsibilities for trip planning, where his expertise on the trail assists guests to plan the trip of a lifetime.
Foot Trails Administration
Zoe has new responsibilities for administration at Foot Trails having also worked to support trip planning and in preparing and dispatching guest’s Walk Boxes in fulfilment.
One of Zoe’s favourite places is North Devon where she enjoys the fresh air and wonderful beaches with her young family. “Since joining Foot Trails I have great satisfaction preparing the boxes ready for expecting guests. The boxes are a wonderful gift with all the information you require.”
Guest Liaison Manager
Katie has responsibility for our guests and their trips, after trip planning, for all arrangements until arrival and for customer service throughout their holiday. With experience in the travel and events industry, she enjoys helping guests to take a trip of a lifetime exploring the South West of England, and enabling them to take pleasure in the sense of freedom and well-being that walking through nature brings.
Katie grew up in the Cotswolds, walking and biking with friends and family, following her roots into an education in wild and domestic animals, before taking to the skies and travelling the world. More recently, she is pleased to be back in the beautiful countryside and speaking to our Foot Trails guests about their exciting plans for walking with us.
Assistant to Trip Planning/Sales
Julia is responsible for assisting David with sales and trip planning. This includes booking accommodation and also acting as one of the first points of contact for initial enquiries. “I am very excited to be in this role as it allows me to help guests decide on the trip suited to them, creating memories that will last a lifetime.”
From a young age, Julia has always enjoyed walking and the outdoors, one of the main areas she frequented during childhood was Devon. As an adult Julia likes to go camping in the South West as well as taking Canal Boat trips and learning the art of opening and closing concurrent locks.
Foot Trails Book Keeper
Adrian is the newest member of our team and takes care of the numbers, receipts and paperwork, ensuring everything is ship shape.
Lynne is a Trail Co-ordinator. Walking our routes and trails without a map to check the accuracy of our route directions. Lynne is passionate about the environment and is particularly interested in flowers, birds and animals. She has always loved walking and, having dogs all her life, been used to walking every day, in all weathers.
For Lynne, it has always been the best way to relax. Noticing the changes in the seasons, listening to bird song and watching wildlife being the best medicine to the stresses and strains of daily life.
She has now retired and moved to Wiltshire two years ago, previously living near Heathrow Airport. She still cannot believe she has moved to such a beautiful area with fabulous walking straight from her front door.
Julia Killick CBE
“Born and grew up in London ,where I met Lynn, prior to my career in prison service which brought me to Wessex, where I fell in love with the countryside and less frenetic pace of life. I love walking, travel, good food and wine. So retiring early to Tisbury in December 2015 with my husband I feel incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful and friendly part of the world.”
Andrea Hewer – Hewer Social, Twitter
Andrea has her own company, Hewer Social, which focuses on business enrichment. She is also one of the voices, with Alison, of Foot Trails on twitter. Her ability to understand us and our fans and talk in an engaging way with them, makes her nimble fingers on the twitter keyboard, just great! Tune in to @FootTrailsUK to see and hear Andrea in action.