Meet some of our holiday experts

Our tour leaders are as passionate about walking and discovering the world as you are. Experienced in leading, usually, but not necessarily in the area of the holiday, each has their own individual style and particular talents. All are first-aid trained, holding walking qualifications commensurate with the holiday grade they lead and often have good foreign languages skills.

They are supported by a back-office team who seek to ensure that you’ve got the best itinerary and all holiday arrangements are in place for you to enjoy.

What is unsurpassed is their wide travel knowledge and commitment to making your holiday as friendly and pleasurable as possible. We’d like to introduce you to some of them below.

Join us Our Leaders are an integral part of our short breaks and holidays and we are always interested in recruiting new leaders with the right experience, qualifications and aptitude. Click here for more information about becoming a leader.

Local Leaders and Guides

We also employ and train some local leaders as well as working with local area guides on many of our long-haul destinations.Native to the area, their friendly welcomes and special insights are hugely popular, adding real character and flavour - and keep our clients coming back for more!

Malcolm Little

Since joining our Leaders’ Panel in 2001 Malcolm has become a key figure in several of our most successful holidays. He has led many times in St Lucia, New England and Turkey. But his greatest love has been the Upper Inn Valley, where he has led our early season flower tours for 17 years. Malcolm has been invaluable in creating imaginative itineraries in all of these places. This spring Malcolm researched our new holiday in Kas, which he is sure is set to be another winner.

Chris Hutchinson

Chris enjoys Scandinavia, the Alps and northern Europe but finds himself increasingly attracted to the warmth and weather of the Mediterranean.
He hopes that during his tours clients not only get to know and enjoy different landscapes but see them from the perspectives of the people who live there. His favourite thing about leading is seeing a group of smiling people on the last day of the tour.

Clive Scott

Clive has been leading for Ramblers Worldwide and Countrywide since 1992, with over 250 tours on five continents. His regular destinations nowadays are in Europe, the Canaries, and the UK, including the Channel Islands.He often surveys new destinations, is always delighted to discuss and brief other leaders on tours he has led, and is an avid proofchecker of our brochures, website and documentation.

Paul Sackin

Paul has been leading since 1997. Having had a career as a GP he likes the idea of generalism so does not keep returning to a special favourite place. Instead Paul loves to share his enthusiasm for discovering new places, mainly in Europe.  Italy has now become one of Paul's favourite areas to lead with Roman Holiday and Venice being two of his recent tours.

Jenny Parsons

Jenny started leading for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays when she took early retirement from her job as a History teacher in 2011. Jenny loves walking, especially in the mountains, and it is a great privilege to share this enjoyment with others who also thrive on being outdoors. India has always held a special attraction for her and it's why she chose to study Indian History at University! Jenny is seldom happier than when staying in India and her enthusiasm is infectious for those around her.

Stephen Allen

Since discovering his passion for walking he has completed a round of the 2000ft hills in England and Wales and is about 4 trips away from completing the Monros. He has travelled extensively with his work, in the entertainment industry and is no stranger to leading walking holidays in the UK. Steve holds a Mountain Leader qualification and has much experience in independent treking in the High Atlas including an ascent of Tubkal.

Karen Groenewald

Karen Groenewald leads mainly in Italy and in South Africa where for many years she was based and met her husband Fred - also a tour leader with Ramblers Worldwide. A prolific explorer of (usually) wonderful places, Karen is one of our most travelled and experienced tour leaders. Fluent in several languages and a commited traveller, Karen’s specialities are wild flowers, birds and mammals; her husband Fred seems to know something about everything.

Martin Shepley

Since being bullied into leading by the head of our Ramblers' Holiday in Turkey, Martin has been a leader, very happily, for 7 seasons and is equally at home up a mountain in Canada, pushing through the teeming markets of Hong Kong or looking at a catacomb in Rome. Photography, wild life and gardens are all a fascination and when not leading or his local group in the Wye Valley he can be found as a volunteer gardener for the National Trust. His aim is to help the clients to enjoy each holiday experience to the full and, of course, not to lose more than 10% of the group!