MEET THE TEAM

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Meet the team

All of our staff are passionate about Pembrokeshire, and the adventures that this beautiful landscape can offer.

Having either grown up here or fallen in love with Pembrokeshire whilst here on holiday and chosen to relocate, we all have a love for this rugged and beautiful coastline and the Pembrokeshire way of life. We’re a friendly bunch totally committed to giving you the best possible time from answering any questions and planning your event through to taking you out to the best secret spots for your adventures. So here’s a bit about us and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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 and mountain biking in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. She is the biggest fan of all things Pembrokeshire and loves hiking on the Pembrokeshire coast path and exploring the local coastline by sea kayak and coasteering.

Alec Ffitch

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!

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.

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!

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.

Joe Barham

Barman Joe our friendly barman will be here to greet you at the end of an awesome day of adventure. A big fan of coasteering you’ll see him joining in from time to time! As well as coasteering Joe loves football and is a qualified football coach.

Jon Kellie

Adventure guide and songstrel Jon has been instructing with Preseli Venture for over 15 years and knows this coastline like the back of his hand. He’s also part of a popular local band and balances his time between gigs, instructing and being a dad.

Paul Ellis

Adventure Guide Paul has also been instructing at Preseli Venture for several years and has a wealth of experience in working with school groups. Like all of our instructors Paul works and lives adventure and also enjoys a bit of hunter gathering on the side.

Ben Fothergill

Adventure Guide BSc Ocean Science at Plymouth University 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.

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.

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.

Emma Locket

Adventure Guide Emma has lived and worked in Pembrokeshire for 10 years and like all of the team has a strong affinity with the amazing Pembrokeshire coastline. After a busy day as an instructor Emma loves to relax at the beach and if there’s some surf – she’ll be out there enjoying her favourite hobby. Emma’s passion for surfing has taken her to some great spots across the globe including Portugal and Sri Lanka but she always returns to the pristine beaches of Pembrokeshire. In between surfing and instructing Emma also has a busy job rearing calves

George Lewtas

Adventure Guide George is a competitive surfer and has competed for Wales in a number of countries. In between surfing, travel and instructing George also does the milking for a local farm, a true outdoors lady funding her passion for surfing and travel!

Lucy Hurst

Adventure Guide and Lodge Hospitality Fluent Welsh speaker Born and bred in Pembrokeshire, Lucy is an all-round sports woman and enjoys cycling, horse-riding, coasteering, surfing and sea kayaking. Lucy is one of our friendly adventure guides and also part of our hospitality team. In between instructing and welcoming guests Lucy fits in as much time as possible out on the 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 Jess has a passion for exploration and travel and especially to warmer climates. Even still she always returns to Pembrokeshire and loves to surf at the beautiful pristine beaches. When not at Preseli Venture Jess has also enjoyed working as a sea kayak instructor in Malaysia amongst other exciting adventures.

VISIT

Preseli Venture, Parcynole Fach, Mathry, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 5HN, WALES, UK +44 (0)1348 837709

 

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