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!

Lawrence Jones

After a decade of living and working in Southern Germany and travelling extensively in Europe and further afield, Lawrence joined Ramblers Worldwide Holidays in 2011. He has led mostly in Germany and Portugal and enjoys learning much more about the local geography, history and culture.

Eileen Lyons

Eileen has been leading since 2008, normally in the Alps, following a career in Health, Welfare and Education. She is an enthusiast for the mountain environment and for the history, culture and social mix of any location. Each group is a new adventure bringing the fun of a fascinating new mix of people and the chance  to fashion the very best memorable holiday for everyone. She enjoys a broad range of walking holidays, from our Lazy Alps holiday in Wengen to hutting and the Stubai Valley.

Angus Russell

Angus spent 12 years pretty much continuously travelling the world as a mountain walking leader, ski tour leader, holiday rep and ship’s officer.  He is now Contracts Manager as well as Brand Manager for the Ramblers Countrywide Holidays UK programme and is particularly interested the safety and legal aspects of holiday travel. He’s keen on holidays to Austria or Germany and is unusual in his enthusiasm for walking surrounded by millions of trees in the north-eastern US.

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.

Alun Price-Davies

Leading at all grades from Ss/D to C+/B since 2004, Alun still enjoys not only the challenge of Hutting Tours but also Snowshoeing in the Alps in the Winter quite apart from leading elsewhere in Europe, the  Canadian Rockies, India and Bhutan as well as New Zealand.

John Dixie

John is passionate about travel and particularly since taking early retirement has traveled extensively. He has a great interest in history and culture and loves introducing people to new places and countries while leading for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, both land-based holidays and Cruise and Walk.

Michael Hatch

Worked as a leader and tour manager for 20 years, mostly in Europe. Now Michael is home from the hills, his idea of heaven is an alpine pasture in early July, sunrise at 10,000ft or a Greek beachside taverna. He’s also at home in European cities from Seville to Istanbul. Responsible for our hutting holidays he also looks after the shore adventures on cruise itineraries. Based in the Leader’s Department he deals with leader training and enjoys finding the perfect holiday for new clients.

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.