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.
Founder, CEO, Private Guide
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.
Trail Creator, Trail Consultant, Private Guide
David 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.
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.
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 believes 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!”
Deborah finds the coast has the biggest pull as she could watch the waves caress the shoreline for hours. “I am really thrilled to be able to work with a company that has such great values and high regard for it’s 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.”
Victoria is happily married to Tim and has two grown up youngsters called Daniel and Elsbeth. Any spare moments are spent taking their dog Boaz – a Hovawart – on country outings and discovering new walks together. She loves good food, great company and the occasional Cadbury’s Dairy Milk. Victoria has worked in different areas of the Tourism industry for over twenty years including a Tourism Consultancy, a Tourist Information Centre and The National Trust before joining the team at Foot Trails.
Ben has lived in Dorset for the last three years since escaping the London bubble for the slower pace of country living. He loves getting out into the countryside, whether it’s walking or running, and exploring local trails. Ben also enjoys visiting different parts of the world and sample local cuisines (particularly the beer!). Ben recently started at Foot Trails to take on the role of Trail Consultant, joining us from the hospitality and brewing industries.
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.
Website designer and support
Sarah 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.
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.”
Molly! Team Mascot
Molly 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!