Meet the Preseli Venture team

All of our staff are passionate about Pembrokeshire, and about sea kayaking, surfing and coasteering in Pembrokeshire! They are totally committed to giving you the best possible time in this beautiful coastal National Park.

Coasteering guides and assistant guides all take part in in house training, and attend regular best practise coasteering workshops.

Here they are, in all of their glory…

 

    

Sophie Hurst

Director
BA Oxon Biochemistry

The “Boss” of Preseli Venture, Sophie has lived and worked in Pembrokeshire since 1988 and is committed to the concept of a ‘workout in the wild’ and sustainable tourism. Back in the 1990s Sophie enjoyed being an activity guide and taking groups out for amazing adventures. She now concentrates on running the business. Sophie loves her travel and adventures and some of her highlights include sea kayaking in Baja Mexico, mountain biking in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and diving in Belize and Honduras, She is the biggest fan of all things Pembrokeshire and loves hiking on the wonderful Pembrokeshire coast path and exploring the local coastline by sea kayak and coasteering.       

 

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Customer Services and Marketing 

BSC Environmental Science

Alec’s initial sport, racing sailing dinghies, took her to the south of the UK and Europe as a sailing instructor, before settling in beautiful Pembrokeshire as an outdoor adventure guide. Now based in the Preseli Venture office with a keen eye for organisation, here to help plan your awesome adventure events; contributing to marketing and social media too. With a passion for the environment and natural world, any spare time she has is taken up by a number of different interests…cycling, running, swimming and more recently, beach walks with her 15 month baby in tow whilst eating cake!

 

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Sammy Howcroft

Customer Services and Marketing 

BA Outdoor Education 

Sammy works in the Preseli Venture office organising awesome adventure breaks and posting news about the goings on of Preseli Venture life. Sammy lives in Solva with her husband and springer spaniel pup! She loves spending long days out exploring the coast, working on creative projects, surfing and practicing yoga each day. Some of her most memorable adventures so far have included spending 6 months studying in Norway and taking expeditions into the wild, learning to dive in Mauritius and exploring the islands of the Dalmatia coast by sea kayak.

 

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Becky Hood

Lodge Hospitality Manager

BA Hons Film and Theatre Production

After graduating, Becky spent the next few years working on exciting projects that took her all over the world. However, after a year in Australia, she found her priorities changed. She swopped city life for the beautiful coastline of Pembrokeshire and from her roots working in the arts, she made the change to hospitality. She now lives in Trefin and loves nothing more than getting out exploring Pembrokeshire and beyond. She’s also a kick ass dance instructor and can be seen shaking her booty leading dance classes at local venues!

 

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Tommy Barthorpe

Head Adventure Guide 

Tommy is our awesome Head Guide and is the best person we know to take you out exploring along the wonderful Pembrokeshire Coast. He has lived in St David’s and worked locally as an instructor for over 10 years. Tommy is an ace surfer and kayaker and has spent several winters in the Alps as a skiing instructor. He has enjoyed amazing adventures in New Zealand, surfing in Sri Lanka and locally Tommy is to be found kayaking “the Bitches” tide race in Ramsey Sound.

 

Vivienne Folan

Chef/Kitchen Manager

Originally from Middlesex, after 25 years in banking and finance, Viv discovered it wasn’t for her. She took a leap of faith and ‘escaped to the country’ moving to beautiful Pembrokeshire. Viv retrained in catering and has worked in many local restaurants over the past 10 years. She has traveled the world and seen some amazing places, experiencing awesome adventures including skydiving and bungee jumping! Viv’s main passion is cooking, lucky for us! In her spare time Viv loves walking the coast path with her dog Freddie, and all things cooking.

 
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Joe Barham

Barman

LOVES: coasteering!

  • Qualified football coach

 

Jon Kellie

Adventure guide and songstrel

LOVES: surfing, sea kayaking, guitars, crooning

  • PSV minibus license
  • Level 4 sea kayak coach
  • 5 star sea kayak award
  • Rescue and emergency care first aid level 2
  • Coasteering lead guide
  • Surf coach
  • NARS lifesaver

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Rob Simms

Adventure Guide

Rob moved to Pembrokeshire when he was 18 as a wonderful place to pursue his outdoor career and 10 years later he’s still here! A keen local surfer and sea kayaker, Rob is one of the most patient and kind outdoor guides you could meet and he’s an ace hit with the kids too on our family and schools holidays. Rob has enjoyed an amazing surf trip around New Zealand as well as surfing, walking and exploring trips in much of Europe.

 


Paul Ellis

Adventure Guide

LOVES: coasteering, surfing, hunter gathering

  • PSV minibus license
  • Level 4 sea kayak coach
  • 5 star sea kayak award
  • Rescue and emergency care first aid level 2
  • Coasteering lead guide
  • Surf coach
  • NARS beach lifeguard

 

 

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Ben Fothergill

Adventure Guide
BSc Ocean Science at Plymouth University 

Ben was born in the wilds of west Wales where he spent most of his time surfing and kayaking on the river next to his house and going on adventures with his family in the mountains. At the age of 16 Ben had the opportunity to go on an expedition to Greenland which changed his life and kindled his love for wild places. After studying Ocean Science at Plymouth university Ben went on to work all over the world in ecological surveying and as an adventure guide. Back in Wales he now enjoys teaching climbing, coasteering surfing and kayaking around the amazing Pembrokeshire coastline. He also still gets his scientific fix from ecological surveying work hugging trees in Wales and Scotland and chasing sharks in the Maldives. 

 

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Rachel Bott

Adventure Guide
BA Marine Biology and Oceanography, MSC Conservation Biology.

Rachel has always had a passion for sports and the marine world and after graduating with a degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography decided to travel the world where she discovered her calling as an outdoor instructor. After spending time working and living in the Caribbean, New Zealand and Australia Rachel decided to settle in the beautiful city of St Davids where she now balances her time between leading adventures on the Pembrokeshire coast and working as a research biologist for the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme.

 

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Emma Locket

Adventure Guide

LOVES: Surfing and music

  • PSV minibus license
  • Rescue and emergency care first aid level 2
  • Coasteering lead guide
  • Surf coach
  • 4* sea kayak coach

 

 

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Sam Hurst

Adventure Guide. Fluent Welsh speaker.
Studying for a BSc in Marine Biology at Plymouth University.

Born and bred in Pembrokeshire, Sam is an ace surfer and spends most of his spare time ripping up the waves in Cornwall and at home in Pembrokeshire. Sam has surfed some of the worlds hot surf spots including the surf breaks of Easkey on the west coast of Ireland and the Algarve coast of Portugal. Sam is turning himself into a professional diver taking the HSE course in diving as part of his marine biology. Here in Pembrokeshire when he’s not surfing Sam enjoys getting out to play along the coast either by Coasteering or sea kayaking and he is also a keen mountain biker.

 
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George Lewtas

Adventure Guide

LOVES: surfing

  • PSV minibus license
  • Rescue and emergency care first aid level 2
  • Lead coasteering guide
  • Surf coach

Lucy Hurst

Adventure Guide and Lodge Hospitality. Fluent Welsh speaker.

Born and bred in Pembrokeshire, Lucy is an all-round sports woman and enjoys and excels at her favourite sports of cycling, horse-riding, coasteering, surfing and sea kayaking. Lucy is fab in all aspects of hospitality, as well as being an excellent adventure guide and has many a fan amongst our families and school groups. Lucy is one of the most active people around and regularly cycles, runs and walks her way around her beloved north Pembrokeshire coast. Last year she gained a personal landmark and completed the 100 mile circuit in the Tour of Pembrokeshire cycle ride.

Jess Wellings

Adventure Guide

LOVES: surfing, climbing and her garden

  • PSV minibus license
  • Level 2 sea kayak coach
  • Rescue and emergency care first aid level 2
  • Lead coasteering guide

 

 

So, we’re a friendly bunch, and we’re looking forward to seeing you here in Pembrokeshire for some adventures soon!