Meet the team
We're a small core team but are joined by our
lovely holiday hosts on the ground.
Wendy started it all off and heads up the team at HQ. When she's not playing tennis and golf or checking out trips abroad and at home, she rides a specialized hybrid and walks very fast, but always takes a couple of plastic bags for picking fruit and mushrooms and collecting interesting bits.
Born and brought up in South America, Simon is an inveterate traveller and is passionate about organising tours for others, walking and cycling, combining the outdoors with places of historic and artistic interest. He loves the UK's OS maps and thinks they are the best in the world.
Carolyn is more likely to been seen out running than on a bike but she has dusted off her bike since joining the Carter Company and cycled with her family on some of our routes. In her spare time she likes jumping out of airplanes. Scary!
Iona loves long walks but does a fair bit of cycling around town on her (slightly rusty) gold Raleigh Mixte. She's a bit of a book worm, so she loves our 'In the footsteps of famous writers' walking holiday. She recommends following your nose if you want to discover those hidden gems!
Nicola joined our HQ team last year. She loves walking in the local area, around the Chiltern Hills, with her family and two labrador dogs. As well as being ace in the office, Nicola is an expert on health nutrition. Her dream Carter Company holiday is 'A Cotswold ride to Bath'. We'll get you there Nicola!
Harriet is dying to cycle the Hebrides but will need a saddle to equal her own long-loved squishiest, most comfortable seat in the world. She loves a good chinwag and says to make sure that on holiday you chat to locals along the way for their recommendations.
Finance and strategy
Josh travels a lot, mostly on planes and trains but he loves hiking in mountains and sampling the best local dishes as he's a foodie. Engaging with the locals is what he does best and he finds they always have a fascinating tale to tell.
Amy shares her time between the Chiltern hills and Lancaster, way up north near the Scottish border where she loves taking a ramble in the wild countryside there and the beautiful Lake District nearby. As an avid writer she finds heaps of inspiration from the landscape and is itching to explore Dorset - probably on foot rather than on 2 wheels.
We want to thank you all for going the extra mile for us. You were all so professional, friendly, helpful and planned a perfect tour at the last minute
Carol and Ned
A Cotswold ride to Bath
Oxford and Cotswolds Host
Rob has more bikes than Bradley Wiggins! He has been with the company for quite a few years - as Operations Manager until he took over this role recently. He knows the ropes and the routes inside out! He suggests a padded seat cover might be a good idea for your trip if you aren’t used to cycling.
Steve has lived in rural Kent most of his life and competes with Rob when it comes to number of bikes owned. He does have a Brompton though so that puts him one up. His motto is mount up, get those wheels spinning and enjoy the day!
Ian walks with his wife in Devon and rides his Pinarello on his own - good job too given the speed he goes! His message to anyone thinking of taking a holiday in his area is to come with a sense of adventure and be prepared to be wowed.
Peter has five bikes, but his favorite bike is his mountain bike. He loves the 'Highlights of Holland' tour (no surprises there!) because it shows the variety in the Dutch landscape, the history of the land and the Dutch way of life. Always stop and chat, he says - the Dutch love to talk!
I have recommended you to everyone I know! Rob, Wendy and our host Mike were wonderfully service oriented and great to work with.
Veronica rides a Trek T100 tandem with her husband John and a Giant FCR when she's on her own. Her top tip for having fun on your holiday is to take your time to fully appreciate your surroundings.
When not cycling with his wife on their tandem, John rides a Simoncini Corsa-Strada. He advises wearing hi-vis clothing and padded shorts. Be bold he says and always sample the local delicacies on holiday.
Simon loves restorating classic cars but has also been a two wheel fan for many years – usually motorbikes! Lately though he and his American wife have really enjoyed exploring Oregon cities by bike and taking advantage of the excellent bike “ride and park schemes” in Seville and Paris in particular. Simon was a volunteer at the London Olympics and used his extended London stay to explore extensively by bike our capital city.
Graham is just as happy on a bike as he is on his beloved boat. He suggests packing quality cycling shorts, accepting that queues at the hotel check-out desk are social occasions and taking the time to enjoy the ride.
Javier loves his Orbea Hybrid. His advice to anyone booking a tour in Spain is... don't forget the sun cream, a Spanish phrase book and an open mind.
Mike has always lived in the Cotswolds and has never tired of walking and cycling in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is always 'something' new to explore. But he has been known to leave 'Gods Country' and cycle and walk extensively around the world... nevertheless, the Cotswolds remains his spiritual home.
Saulius cycles on an assortment of bikes in the Lithuanian Sahara - that is the 'Curonian Spit' to the rest of us! Customers he says too often forget to bring swimsuits, binoculars and an EU electric plug converter - so be warned!
Ian is a very experienced walker and super qualified guide in the Lake District - an area he adores and knows like the back of his hand. He thoroughly enjoys meeting our clients from all corners of the globe and recommends visiting the area in the spring when the wild flowers are blooming in the valleys but the hills may be dusted with snow.