Our Team

Please meet our team! We’re travel, walking and delivery professionals. We all live and work in South West England and are dedicated to making sure you enjoy a memorable British walking holiday.

Alison Howell
Founder, Director

IMG-20131206-00767Alison’s passion and dream has taken Foot Trails from a home based start up to a successful, award winning, company with a growing team in Bath

As Foot Trails has grown Alison’s role has developed from Founder to Trip Planner, and Customer Service and today she is our Director, overseeing Foot Trails strategic direction, development and its marketing. Alison 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. And Alison has recently studied international trade, making several visits to the USA.

Alison is proud of her country roots as a farmer’s daughter. This, she says, has made her not only appreciate nature and the English countryside to it’s fullest, but given her resourcefulness and determination.

 

David Howell
Trail Creator, Private Guide, & General Manager

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 15 years David has been a part of the exploration of South West England creating our unique, local trails, exploring new areas and researching local stories and legends, often with Alison.

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 become our General Manager, overseeing day to day life at Foot Trails and he loves trip planning, where his expertise on the trail assists guests to plan the trip of a lifetime.

 

Katie Stinchcombe
Guest Liaison Manager

Katie-v2After you have worked with your expert trip planner to create your Foot Trail, Katie will be your friendly and knowledgeable point of contact, ensuring your promised trip becomes a reality. Katie loves managing our customer service, working closely and personally with guests before you arrive and also during your Foot Trail if needed. With experience in the travel and events industry, she enjoys helping guests to take a trip of a lifetime 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.

 

Zoe Willcox
Foot Trails Guest Support & Delivery

Zoe - teamZoë ensures our guests have a beautifully presented Walk & Explore box before their trip. Every one is fulfilled by hand and personalised for each guest with your maps, trail cards and all you will need for a memorable trip.

One of Zoe’s favourite places in the South West 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 and insider know-how you will require.”

 

Julia Morrish
Assistant to Trip Planning/Sales

Julia joined us in February and assists our guests with trip planning and supports David. This includes booking accommodation in our handpicked country pubs and inns and also acting as one of the first points of contact for your initial enquiries. “I am very excited to be in this role as it allows me to help guests decide on the trip best suited to them, and together we help to create 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.

 

Adrian Tanner
Foot Trails Book Keeper

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

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

 

 

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.”

 

Meet Molly!

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 a bit of a Team Mascot.
She’s pretty amazing companion on our recce trails and always up for a cuddle!

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