Our UK staff
For close to 23 years, Tina has been responsible for the Finance and Operations Departments at Headwater and became Managing Director on 1st January 2013. A passionate francophile and avid traveller, Tina loves the outdoors which she says is best appreciated either on foot, by bike or on skis! There are however times when relaxing on some far flung island with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc to hand also appeals!
Janet joined the team in September 2013 but whilst new to Headwater she has many years of experience in the travel industry in sales, product and commercial roles. Over the years she has been fortunate to visit many varied and interesting countries including Australia, USA, the Caribbean, Brazil, South Africa and Kenya; but still loves city breaks and beach destinations closer to home. Janet has been impressed by the sales teams’ knowledge of the Headwater products and the help and advice they can give to new and returning customers, she says “the team has made me very welcome and my management experience combined with the teams’ knowledge and enthusiasm is a winning formula”.
David joined Headwater "sometime before the last ice age" when his IT skills were put to use designing a bespoke reservations system for the company - using nothing more than sticky-backed plastic and a ball of string! Over the years his role has expanded to include brochure production and, in more recent years, creating and maintaining the Headwater website. Away from work David is a classic car enthusiast and, when not up to his elbows in oil and rust, enjoys seeking out ancient historic sites, and country walks with wife Carole.
Senior Programme Manager
After living near Venice for a couple of years, Heather totally fell in love with the country and its people! Her job at Headwater now lets her indulge her passion for Italy, and for travel in general. When she's not hard at work dealing with our Italian hotelliers, she enjoys all things cultural, cooking and hiking.
Senior Programme Manager
Charlie has been a Programme Manager at Headwater for 10 years now and says that she's lucky that part of her job role includes many of the things she really enjoys doing: using languages and getting out and about walking, cycling and cross-country skiing. She often spends weekends in Wales in the summer walking, cycling or diving. Having family in the French Alps means she can spend a couple of holidays a year there walking or skiing too. She loves all things food related and could be classed as addicted to cookery programmes!
Operations and Costing's Manager
Clare has responsibility for the travel and admin teams. Having worked for the company since 2000, Clare has visited many of the destinations within the portfolio, with Costa Rica being a particular favourite. She has recently toured Australia - where she fell in love with everything the country has to offer! - but is now back in the UK where she enjoys most sporting activities and taking the dog on long country walks.
Mike's background is in youth work but he says he's had more jobs in more places than you can shake a stick at. He spent several years working in France, doing anything from shovelling grapes in a wine cave to bus driver and canoe instructor. His interests include skiing, walking, canoeing and spending as much time in France as he can. His ambition was "to retire at 40, buy a yacht and become an international playboy" - but he didn't quite manage it!
New Product Development
Calvin has been working in the travel industry for 13 years, and has worked for Headwater as a rep, walking guide and cross country ski guide. After living in Finland, Norway, Spain and Portugal he has taken Italy to heart. After leaving Northwich 20 years ago he is now back in his home town, researching some new and exciting destinations.
New Product Development
Adam has had a passion for travel for as long as he can remember and has managed to spend a large portion of his life living, working and travelling independently across various parts of Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Having lived briefly in the US, he worked for some time as a writer in the Far East, before moving to Germany for 3 years to take up a fellowship researching Mediterranean archaeology. Country-wise his great love is India but he’s always up for uncovering somewhere new. Other things he enjoys are good cheese (and bread - actually most things food related), good wine, film, music, writing, scuba-diving and American football. He does however feel quite strongly that a baked potato does not, by itself, constitute a legitimate meal!
Justly proud of her Italian heritage, Alessia was born in Florence, Tuscany, and spent many of her early years growing up in the Florentine Hills to the North of the city, an area called Mugello famous for its fine arts, exquisite food and fields of sunflowers! After studying languages, she decided to broaden her horizons by heading out to Egypt where she gained work accompanying groups around the country. On returning to Europe, Alessia continued her travels in Scandinavia where she became a professional cross-country ski instructor and went on to work several winters for a local ski school in Austria. Apart from travel, Alessia is passionate about photography, theatre, cycling and cookery and has managed to perfect the art of tiramisu!!!!
2014 will be Mel's 10th year with Headwater, and within this time she has enjoyed various roles and challenges. Mel enjoys travel and the excitement of visiting new destinations and meeting interesting people. Her favourite holidays would have her wandering along a gorgeous beach, soaking up the sun, or exploring a bustling new city - her last "big trip" was a 6 week tour of Australia with husband Ali. Wherever she travels, she likes to get to know the destination and its people as well as enjoying the local foods and wine. In her spare time Mel enjoys keeping fit, socialising with friends, cooking and planning her next holiday!
Kerry has a real love of travel and especially loves visiting the islands of the Med. Her all time favourite is Cyprus - where she was engaged and married. When she's not island hopping she enjoys spending time with her family, going walking and cycling, meeting up with friends... or simply relaxing with a good 'chick flick' book.
Helen has over 20 years of working within various different aspects of the travel industry, 13 of those years have been spent working at Headwater. She has a keen interest for travel and thoroughly enjoys taking holidays with her family as often as she can.
Jo began her career with Headwater in 2007, having a background in sales and recruitment. She has a keen interest in travel and has visited several European countries, recent trips with headwater include: Valencia, Sicily and France. During her spare time she enjoys walking with her husband and dogs, and spending time with family and friends.
Karen has been at Headwater for nearly 16 happy years now where her role is to ensure our customers have the best possible Headwater holiday experience. She loves the outdoors, and says she's happy either on land, sea, snow or the beach! She says that her favourite ever Headwater experience was to Umbria. In her spare time she loves walking, spending time with her grandson, socialising and rescuing abandoned cats! Little known fact- Karen is a qualified Reiki therapist.
Sasha has worked in various areas of travel and is about to enter her 8th year at Headwater! So what keeps her here?... A fantastic and friendly team at Headwater, she says “we are like a family and all believe in what we sell, probably because we all enjoy similar things, good food, wine and culture!” Sasha loves talking to the clients, and enjoys hearing about all their experiences abroad – she feels that working in Sales brings lots of variety- and since starting with Headwater she has travelled to Brittany, Switzerland, northern Spain and is really looks forward to visiting Croatia in May! Outside of work, Sasha enjoys spending time with her family and spends her days off keeping fit with lots of running!
Donna has worked in travel for the last 20 years, with some of that time living and working in France and Spain. She says that she is happiest when walking through forests and up hills on a sunny day – or alternatively lazing on a sandy beach!! Her all time favourite destination is Paris, closely followed by the Caribbean, so she is hoping to enjoy a headwater trip to the French Caribbean so as to experience the best of both! It is her ambition to write a children’s book, open a book shop and then retire to the French countryside where she will make wine!!
Karen has worked overseas in the travel industry for the last ten years, in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Austria, Norway, and most recently Italy as a Headwater rep for Chianti. Holidays in the Yates house are always controversial as Karen likes to relax on the beach with a cheeky cocktail, while her husband Calvin can’t sit still!!
Senior Travel & Operations Co-ordinator
Michelle has worked within the travel industry for the last 20 years, over 11 of those being at Headwater. She caught the travel bug whilst studying Travel & Tourism at college and has since visited various places all around the world. One of her favourite Headwater destinations is Italy, she says "I just love the Italian food and wine, the people and the culture". In her spare time Michelle loves to bake and cook for her family and gets plenty of fresh air introducing her daughters Lily and Daisy to some of Cheshire's finest walks.
Customer Operations Advisor
When she's not reading or playing guitar, Sarah enjoys visiting the cinema and theatre - or just spending time with her family and friends. Trips with Headwater include a visit to Slovenia, where she discovered this shrapnel shelter left over from WW1.
Customer Operations Advisor
Emma completed a Foundation Degree in Travel and Tourism and has been a part of the Customer Operations team for over two years now. She is very passionate about travel and keen to learn about other cultures, having recently travelled to France and Switzerland Emma has already gained valuable knowledge and experience of the Headwater products. In her spare time she is very athletic and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her real passion is Football and supporting her beloved Manchester United.
Rob started with Headwater in 1999 and although going through several group restructures has been involved with the numbers ever since. When not engrossed in spread sheets or crunching the Headwater stats, away from work most of Robs time is taken up spending time with his wife Karren and the exciting jobs of ferrying his young children, Sophie & Matthew, to ballet lessons & children's parties etc.
Overseas Accounts Manager
After completing an honours degree, Claire spent the first 10 years of her working life in the hotel industry. However, the shift work and unsocial hours played havoc with family life and she decided a change was required. In 2001 she started working for Headwater to look after the payments and bookings to overseas hoteliers. Claire enjoys long country walks each weekend, with her 2 dogs and enjoys nothing better than inviting friends around in the evening to practice her latest recipes.
Customer Service Co-ordinator
Lisa is passionate about anything to do with travel, she has worked in the travel industry in varies roles for the past 15 years in both summer and ski destinations throughout Europe, North America, the Caribbean and Africa. She has now decided to put all of the experience she has gained to good use working back in the UK for Headwater in our Customer Service department. She is passionate about Customer service and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. She is looking forward to being part of the Headwater team.