Tom has had a fascination with travel and visiting the far flung corners of the world from a very early age, something that may have been helped when he moved to Hong Kong at only 3 months old! This was followed by time living in Brunei, Germany and Namibia whilst exploring the surrounding areas on family holidays.
Mark is extremely passionate about how beneficial and developmental our expeditions can be for young people. Having led his first expedition in the late 80s and since then personally leading in excess of 40 school expeditions coupled with serving for 26 years in the Armed Forces, Mark has developed an instinctive understanding of safety and the benefits of developing world travel.
Having spent many years working in education, Gemma has much experience of internal organisation within both state and independent education and draws on this knowledge to head up True Adventure’s administration department.
Lizzie joined True Adventure in September 2015 with an extensive background in planning. In previous roles she has worked with both schools and government departments heading up logistics from Duke of Edinburgh expeditions to conferences for the Home Office. In her academic life, she has pursued her love of African religious history with practical research in Uganda and Rwanda, completing her BA in 2008 and MA in 2013. Whilst in Uganda, Lizzie learnt Luanda, the regional dialect of the Buganda people, and speaks a small amount of French.
John is our Operations Manager and has previously worked as Head of Outdoor Education, D of E Manager and School Staff Instructor for the Combined Cadet Force. Before taking on this role he spent 26 years in the British Army working worldwide from oceans to deserts to high mountains, all whilst ensuring safety is paramount. He has visited some of the world’s most beautiful countries including Nepal with a visit to Everest Base Camp in April 2015, where he witnessed first hand the destruction caused by the earthquake.
Sam grew up in the Meon Valley, on the South Coast of England. Naturally, having National Parks and the sea on her doorstep, she has always loved being outdoors, getting her first pair of walking boots at a young age. This passion further developed into climbing and hiking. Whilst at school, Sam completed all three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and gained her Gold Award at 18. She has continued to volunteer with the Award in many capacities ever since, it also opened up an opportunity to conquer her fear of heights and water by going Tall Ship sailing. Sam has achieved RYA sailing qualifications and volunteers as a Bosun’s Mate, enabling her to sail all over the world. She has also pursued further disciplines to enhance her love of spotting marine and wildlife by completing her Sea Kayaking 3* Award and PADI Open Water.
Stacy is originally from the South West coast but has grown up on the West coast of Ireland. Having an interest in the natural world and the outdoors from an early age, she spent time exploring everything the Irish coast has to offer and travelling internationally with family. She then went on to gain BSc in Zoology at University College Cork and MSc in Tropical Marine Biology at the University of Essex.
Saskia has joined the team at True Adventure after recently completing her degree in London. Saskia is a true dog lover and can often be found out walking her dog no matter what the weather!
Kylie is our Finance Manager and qualified AAT in 2010. She is soon to be qualified for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, with just the final exam to go and has recently begun a Finance and Business Degree.
Suzanne has worked in the school travel industry since 2011 and has a broad experience of supporting schools, students and parents throughout the expedition process. She has visted many areas of Europe, North Africa and North America; gained hands on experience of expedition life on a trip to Vietnam and has many plans for future travels. A keen walker, Suzanne’s weekends are often spent exploring the local countryside or tackling parts of the UK’s long-distance footpaths.