Who are we?

Staff volunteering day at a local re-wilding project. Responsible Travel is based in Brighton's vibrant North Laine district, home to one off brands, shops and the wildest dressed crowd in the UK. 34 of us work from our office, alongside a large canoe, a giant clam shell and Alan the Moose.

What unites us is a love of vacations, a strong dislike of poor customer service, and a desire to make travel a bit more caring through our belief that treating local people and places better genuinely results in our customers having more amazing vacations – contact us.

Tessa O'Hara
Tessa O'Hara - Travel Team (contact me)
Tessa started traveling at a young age, which developed her love for nature, leading her to study Wildlife Conservation. She has since been involved in responsible tourism and worked with various marine conservation charities around the world. Having travelled extensively, her favourite adventures involve being in the ocean and eating fresh mango on the beach!
Naomi Coleman
Naomi Coleman - Travel Team (contact me)
Naomi grew up on the Isle of Wight, inspired by intrepid grandparents who travelled to far flung countries including China and Burma in the 1970s and 80s. She studied International Development and, aged just 20, spent three months working in Madagascar. Since then, Naomi has backpacked through Central America, India and Sri Lanka before joining the Travel Team.
Simone Flynn
Simone Flynn - Travel Team (contact me)
Inspired by books as a child Simone’s interest in different cultures has grown into a passion. With a degree in Footwear Design, a love of textiles, traditional dress and The Tropics, Simone loves to explore the world seeking new treasures and connecting with like minded people. As well as Europe, she has backpacked in Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, The Philippines and has spent time in Brazil and The US.
Natasa Leoni
Natasa Leoni - Travel Team (contact me)
Natasa is a photographer, yogi hybrid. She has used photography as a means to travel; visiting landscapes in Australia, South East Asia and Europe. Natasa also spent time back home in Cyprus volunteering with The Donkey Sanctuary, which sparked a passion for traveling with purpose. She's now moved to Brighton and works part-time on the Travel Team. Her preferred method of travel is by campervan.
Alice Jewell
Alice Hanson - Travel Team (contact me)
Alice has always loved exploring the world, having visiting over 30 countries and tasting a little bit of the local culture and cuisine along the way. Alice has been to six of the seven continents, climbing mountains and relaxing on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. she loves nothing more than sharing her stories with others and is always ready to help with your next vacation.
Abbie Redman
Abbie Redman - Travel Team (contact me)
Abbie fell in love with traveling after a family trip to Egypt and hasn't stopped traveling since. Having lived in multiple countries and travelled to South America, Asia, Europe, Southern Africa and Australasia she still finds many places to explore. Taking landscape or wildlife photos and trying local cuisine are the biggest draws for her when deciding where to visit.
Alison Brookes Day
Alison Brookes Day - Account Manager
Having spent over 18 years in the travel industry, Alison is passionate about Asia and Australasia. She has lived and travelled extensively in both Australia and New Zealand and loves the outdoors. A recent trip to Bhutan has reignited her passion for photography and painting. Alison is part of our Account Handling team.
Sophie Pearson
Sophie Pearson - Account Manager
Sophie worked in account handling at a creative agency before the travel bug bit her and she spent a year touring the globe. Her travels have taken her trekking through the clouds with a hill-tribe in Vietnam, working at a yoga retreat in Goa, hitchhiking around Thailand and couch surfing in Oz. Travel is her passion and she works at Responsible Travel in the accounts team.
Shannon Donoghue
Shannon Donoghue - Account Manager
Shannon spent eight years working in the fashion industry before a year's traveling and relocation down to Brighton brought her to Responsible Travel. An avid explorer with a passion for anthropology and stargazing, her travels have taken her far and wide but her heart will always belong to the Greek Islands.
Suzanne Piggott
Suzanne Piggott - Account Manager
After finishing her degree in International Tourism Management at Brighton University (many moons ago) Suzanne headed off to see the world teaching English along the way. She has now worked in the travel industry since 2000 is part of our Account Handling team. Her main passion in life is still travel although yoga, meditation & complementary therapies follow closely behind.
Krissy Roe
Krissy Roe - Head of Values
Krissy has travelled in Asia and Latin America, lived in Sydney, taught English in a Japanese village, volunteered in Guatemala and learnt Spanish in Honduras. She has been inspired by the people she has met along the way. She now manages our Values and PR, using her experience working with brands such as Rough Guides, BA and Expedia to campaign for real, sustainable change to the way we travel.
Jenny - Senior PR Manager
Jenny recently joined us as our Senior PR Manager
Anna Rice
Anna Rice - Responsible Tourism Manager
Anna has a background in book and magazine publishing, and worked in the editorial department of publishers including the environmental press Earthscan and Green Futures Magazine. She recently took a year off to embrace slow travel by journeying around the world without getting on a plane, including spending Christmas aboard a cargo ship and taking the Trans-Mongolian railway.
Kat O'Dwyer
Kat O'Dwyer - Responsible Tourism Executive
Katharine found her passion for traveling when she visited Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands after finishing college. Since then she has embarked on adventures including interrailing through Europe and backpacking round Vietnam. Recently she has finished a degree in International Relations, which allowed her to nourish her interests in environmental politics and social movements.
Chris Owen
Chris Owen - Writer
Chris is a writer who was originally bitten by the travel bug as a teenager thanks to numerous rail, sea and hitchhiking exploits around Europe. In between working in Italy, traveling through Thailand and taking the Trans-Siberian Express to China he managed to become a qualified TEFL teacher and has taught English in Taiwan as well as his current base in Brighton.
Nana Luckham
Nana Luckham - Writer
Nana has been writing about travel since 2006, researching for Lonely Planet and Rough Guides, and writing articles for both print and online publications. She has also worked as a United Nations press officer, covering events in New York and Geneva. She’s lived in Ghana, France, the US and Australia, and her travel highlights include trekking in the Algerian Sahara and sailing in Tuvalu.
Rob Perkins
Rob Perkins - Writer
After 10 years organising educational trips for schools, Rob earned an MSc in Ecotourism, while volunteering as a national park ranger. His travel highlights include seeing orca, alligator and grizzly bear in the wild during a road trip around North America, writing by torchlight in a leaky tent during a thunderstorm, and eating fried ants during Songkran in Thailand.
Catherine Roberts
Catherine Roberts - Writer and Sub Editor
Catherine is a writer with a love of mountainous places. She lived in Canada for a couple of years, working in British Colombia, Alberta and the Yukon, before returning to her hometown of Brighton to write for publications like Wanderlust and Thomson Airways. One of her favourite travel memories is scrambling up 1,200 carved steps to the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka.
Sarah Faith
Sarah Faith - Writer (On maternity leave)
A geography degree, volunteer projects in Tanzania & Swaziland and a trek to Everest Base Camp cemented Sarah's desire to explore all four corners of the world. A six month adventure through South America led to work in a gap year company – an eclectic mix of marketing, volunteer coordination and leading expeditions in Malawi, Peru & Bolivia – and joining Responsible Travel.
Bryony Cottam
Bryony Cottam - Writer
An expedition to Tanzania sparked Bryony’s love of adventure and, after a few years working as a translator in France, she moved back to the UK to write about travel and the outdoors. She’s studied in Quebec and Russia, spent time in Morocco and travelled around Europe. Highlights include trying to learn Swahili from Maasai teenagers and kayaking white water rivers.
Eloise Barker
Eloise Barker - Writer
Eloise grew up with intrepid parents, who passed on their jet-setter genes. She studied English Literature and spent a short stint editing textbooks before ‘jumping ship’ to work on luxury yachts. For three years she lived in harbours, shipyards and at anchor in Europe, America and the Caribbean. She returned to terra firma to write for British Airways before happily joining Responsible Travel.
Joanna Cooke
Joanna Cooke - Managing Editor
When Jo was 16 she told her school careers advisor that she wanted to be a travel writer and has been lucky enough to spend most of her life either editing or writing about travel. She worked for several years at Insight Guides, then spent a decade at Lonely Planet before arriving at Responsible Travel. She loves lazy days in Uruguay or southern Spain.
Nicola Keen
Nicola Keen - IT Projects Manager
Nicola loves languages and spent two years living in France, working briefly as a tour leader before joining Responsible Travel in 2006. She studied Computer Science but when not at her keyboard she creates upcycled clothing or escapes to the allotment, or further afield. Her fondest travel memories include Japan and Montenegro.
Lisa Joanes
Lisa Joanes - Graphic Designer & Content Editor
Lisa is our graphic designer & web editor. After a few months inter-railing and camping round Europe post sixth form, she pursued a BA in Illustration at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth. Before coming to Responsible Travel in 2007 Lisa spent 2 years working as a content editor for First Choice. She brings to Responsible Travel her love of wildlife, travel and design.
Rachael Horner
Rachael Horner - Graphic Designer & Content Editor
Rachael worked freelance as an illustrator for five years since completing a BA in Illustration at Falmouth University. In that time she has also road-tripped around New Zealand (twice), and had her first - of hopefully many - trips to India. Her love of travel combined with a passion for ethics culminated in her making the move from Yorkshire to Brighton to join the team as designer and content editor.
Sam Knight
Sam Knight - Graphic Designer & Content Editor
Sam has spent over a decade working in graphic design but in his free time loves to combine his passion as a landscape photographer with a desire to travel. In particular he loves road trips into the wilderness, especially the mountains or the northern colder climes, which he finds the most inspiring and alluring. Sam is part of our design and content team.
Lyn Hill
Lyn Hill - Finance & Office Manager
Lyn is our finance and office manager. After becoming ACCA part-qualified, Lyn decided to leave her job and travel for eight months visiting Thailand, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. She has a passion for anything wood, open water swimming and trying to tame her allotment!
Beth Walker
Beth Walker - Film Editor
Beth is a filmmaker with a love of travel, who has joined the Responsible Travel team as Film Editor. In between film projects, Beth has explored Europe, Australia, Asia and has trekked to Everest Base Camp. Beth also created 'DocTent', a traveling documentary cinema, and is passionate about creating positive change through film.
Justin Francis
Justin Francis, Chief Executive & Co-Founder
Justin previously worked in advertising and marketing with J. Walter Thompson and The Body Shop before completing a MSc in Responsible Tourism and co-founding Responsible Travel in 2001. Justin founded The Responsible Tourism Awards in 2004. Read Justin's biography »
Richard Skinner
Richard Skinner, Operations Director
Richard has over 20 years industry experience, including particularly tough assignments in the Maldives, and in the Milford Sound, New Zealand! Richard undertakes the search engine optimisation of the site and manages relationships with new and prospective members of Responsible Travel.
Tim Williamson
Tim Williamson, Director of Marketing & Content
Tim served as a Non-Exec Director on our board before starting his current role in 2014. Previously a Director at Monarch Airlines, CEO of The Travel Department in Ireland, Customer Director at TUI UK, and an ABTA board director, he's also co-founder of Development Squared, a Swazi business-mentoring organisation. He loves India and Africa and volunteered with his family in Swaziland.
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