Meet Our Team

We are Team Foot Trails.  Pleased to meet you. We’re proud to be a small rural company with a big heart. We are focused on delivering world class walking experiences through South West England.

We recently opened a new HQ in a converted agricultural building on a country estate in Wiltshire.

Alison Howell
Founder, Director

Alison’s passion for rural England and vision for world class, sustainable walking has taken Foot Trails from a home based start up to a successful, award winning, company.  Alison oversees our direction and team whilst working closely alongside husband David to create trails and private guide.  Alison has 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. She is also a 42 under 42 – entrepreneur to watch.

Alison is proud of her country roots as a farmer’s daughter. This, she says, has made her practical, resourceful and determined as well as instilled a love of nature.

David Howell
Trail Creator, Manager, Private Guide

David - teamDavid enjoyed a high pressured career in retail buying and travelled the world before Alison persuaded him to give it all up and share the dream full time for Foot Trails. Over the past 17 years David has been a part of the exploration of South West England helping Alison to create our unique, local trails, exploring new areas and researching local stories and legends.

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.

Suzy Fox-Woloszyn
Front of House / Trail Concierge

Suzy has lived in beautiful Wiltshire/Dorset all her life. Suzy’s family all originate from the surrounding area so she feels a huge sense of belonging. “I like the values Foot Trails stands for and that I hope with my influence within the business others visiting the UK will also experience what life and living is like here in the countryside.”

Suzy dances modern jive and also enjoys her garden. She has 3 dogs and 3 cats at home affectionately called the zoo, all rescues.

Deborah Deering
Production & Administration Assistant

Deborah finds herself increasingly enjoying walking and being out and about in the beautiful countryside that we have in the South West – ” I believe it has the amazing ability of always being able to lighten my spirit, raise my energy levels and make me glad that I got off the sofa!”

“I am really thrilled to be able to work with a company that has such great values and high regard for its guests.  I will be filling the role of Production and Administration Assistant, and as I love all things “crafty”, I am looking forward to putting together the delightful Walk & Explores boxes.”

Alison Owens
Sales and Trip Planner

Alison OwensAlison lives in Dorset, where she loves that mix of dramatic coastlines and rolling green country hills, which is unrivalled by another county.

She really enjoys being outside and she especially loves exploring. Travelling has brought her full circle, as has her love of experiencing a new place, be it in Europe or further afield. Her time spent living and working in Greece, has now sharpened her appreciation of the English countryside.

The working values and principles of Foot Trails drew Alison in. She found that the way Foot Trail’s guests are central to everything that happens in the business, is a really simple yet often forgotten mandate in business.

Alison is looking forward to being part of Foot Trail’s guest’s journey, from the initial stages of researching, to planning, to booking. Her enthusiasm and genuine interest in people, has enabled her to be successful in her career by being authentic.

Bill Thorniley
Sales and Trip Planner

Bill ThornilyBill recently moved to Salisbury and has a real zeal for rural England, both its stunning scenery as well its world class produce. He spends as much time as possible enjoying the great outdoors. He has a penchant for foraging, taking particular delight in the plethora of wild mushrooms that he can easily gather from the local area. Bill is a firm believer that the English countryside is to be enjoyed all year round. Whether high-summer’s hazy heat or a crisp cold snap in winter, there is inarguable beauty to be found at every turn.

He has also attained level 3 accreditation from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and joins us from a background of advising and guiding discerning customers with their choices with wine, beer and spirits. When he’s finished a long day walking and foraging he delights in nothing more than reading historical fiction, with a healthy glass of something delicious. He can’t wait to share his enthusiasm for his home with all of Foot Trail’s wonderful guests.

Adrian Tanner
Foot Trails Book Keeper

Adrian Tanner owns his own company Bloomfield Books and takes care of Foot Trails book keeping.

Adrian looks after Foot Trails drivers, accommodation providers and suppliers and ensures our partners are paid on time.

Sarah Callender
Website designer and support

Sarah CallenderSarah worked with us to create the Foot Trails website, making sure that it was clear and easy to use for our visitors. She now supports us with the everyday running of the website.

Sarah runs her own design business and enjoys working with growing businesses to make the most of their online presence.

Lynn Bann
Trail Co-ordinator

WP_20160402_16_48_52_ProLynne 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
Trail Co-ordinator

WP_20160402_16_49_05_ProJulia is a Trail Co-ordinator. Walking our routes and trails without a map to check the accuracy of our route directions.

“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.”

Molly! Team Mascot

Molly the Foot Trails dogMolly our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sometimes hangs out in Wiltshire with Alison and David and sometimes at our Bath HQ where she is our Team Mascot.

She’s a pretty amazing companion on our recce trails and always up for a cuddle!

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