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!


Ian Rowat

''The variety of tours is amazing with each new brochures there is a mouth-watering choice to suit all.  Holidays are important and therefore it is up to us leaders to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves whether it is a challenge they are going for or just a different part of the world’’.  Now retired Ian is looking forward to the next few years in leading for RWH

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.

Julian Wilkes

Weekend walking became more important than a corporate career in management for Julian, so he quit and qualified as a full time tour leader for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. He believes that it's the best way to discover and observe the world and meet like minded people.

Helen Nelson

Helen truly believes that travelling is one of the best educations you can have. She spent 3 years living in, and travelling around, the Middle East  before meeting her husband and moved to New York, from where they travelled all over North America. Helen has been with RWH for over 5 years now and her position as a Product Manager enables her to put her passion for travel into developing itineraries for areas that she loves the most – Middle East, India, Morocco and Greece.

Gemma Smith

Gemma spent many happy years exploring the globe including the USA, South East Asia, chalet hosting in the French Alps and has searched almost every corner of Australia. Whilst here she was lucky enough to work aboard a ship sailing the Great Barrier Reef and beyond, and the most glamorous; picking fruit and laying turf in Perth!. Joining the Ramblers Worldwide planning team in 2008 has not slowed her down, her bags are always packed ready for the next rambling adventure.

David Kay

Spent 5 years leading RWH holidays all over the world and still travels as much as possible, now more often with his wife and daughter. Recent trips include Russia, Peru, Ecuador, Central America and Mexico, Armenia and Argentina. Dave is Contracts Manager for Latin America, Nepal, Italy and Eastern Europe. He is also pretty well acquainted with our North American and New Zealand programmes.

Ian Foster

After a long career as a police officer in Hertfordshire and London Ian began to lead for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays in the summer of 2013. He has now led numerous tours across Europe and consistently praised by clients for the care with which he prepares for tours. He loves meeting new people and sharing with them his passion for the history and culture to be discovered in the countryside

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.