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 Foster

After a long career as a police officer in Hertfordshire and London Ian began to lead for RWH 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

Diane Dejaeghere

Diane likes nothing better than sharing a good walk with like minded people.  Fluent in a handful of European languages (and willing to have a go at any language), she has led tours in more than a dozen countries. Her favourite destination? The next one, of course.  

Paul Lyons

Paul is a draughtsman and carpenter by profession. He’s a Geordie who grew up speaking German. He is known for his safety conscious, enthusiastic, encouraging and enabling style which is well spiced with character and  banter. Paul has the summer Mountain Leadership qualification and has led many mountain hutting holidays as well as suggesting and surveying new ones.

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 RWH. 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.

Jenny Parsons

Jenny started leading for RWH 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.

Al & Jane Sarjeant

Al and Jane have been leading for RWH since 2007.  Al served for 32 years in the Royal Air Force, and Jane says that she was ‘married to the RAF’ for much of that time!  They are both passionate about sharing their love of the outdoors, be it sightseeing in the Italian Lakes or New Zealand, or hiking tough trails in the French Alps. They were recently voted winners, by our clients, in the Favourite Leaders Awards 2015 and continue to lead regularly all over the world.

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.

Ray Philpotts

Ray started leading RWH a short time after taking early retirement from a career in Financial Services in 2006. He had enjoyed walking in Britain for as long as he can remember, even before his time as a Boy Scout. Walking some of Britain’s long distance paths and winter walking in the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands with friends have been some of his greatest pleasures over the years. It is this enjoyment that he is keen to share with our clients who want to head for the hills, or the Dales, on UK holidays.