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!


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.

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.

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!

Nigel Blandford

From 1980 to 1999 Nigel and his family lived in Hong Kong and whilst he was there led tours to China, Thailand, Nepal and, of course, Hong Kong.  In fact, he initiated and researched the RWH Hong Kong tour and has led it many times since.  
Since leaving the Far East, Nigel has been leading tours in Europe, including Spain, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Iceland and Montenegro; and further afield in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and China. 

Adrian Flatt

Adrian has travelled widely, working and leading walks in many countries of the world.   Adrian joined Ramblers Worldwide Holidays as a Leader in 2008; wherever he goes he takes a close interest in the language, culture and history of the local people.  A member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and a keen photographer, his other hobbies have included sailing and gliding.

Al & Jane Sarjeant

Al and Jane have been leading for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays 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 2013 and continue to lead regularly all over the world.

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.

Alison Sadnicka

In two years leading for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays Alison has increased her love for Andalucia, not just the fabulous walking there but also the culture and people. However she equally loves winter walking in fresh downfalls of snow and the Kandersteg tour is already a firm favourite.