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Our People

When we say we were created by teachers, for teachers, we really mean it! Our founder and Managing Director, Keith Sharkey, created Halsbury to help make it easier for more teachers to take their students on inspirational school trips abroad.

Our Director, Sue, is also a former teacher with many years of experience in leading school trips herself.

Behind them is our dynamic team of former teachers and school travel specialists.

These are our people. And your support network.

Founders

Keith Sharkey

Keith Sharkey

Founder and former teacher

Former Head of Modern Languages, Keith has 16 years' experience teaching in the state secondary and independent sector. It was this experience on which he founded Halsbury in 1986.

I regard travelling abroad, and learning about different cultures and languages, as a mind-broadening and highly educating experience – I have tried to enable as many people as possible to share in the wonderfully inspiring joys of travel and language learning.
Sue Sharkey

Sue Sharkey

Co-founder and former teacher

A former geography and sociology teacher, Sue worked in secondary schools for 25 years and, like Keith, she was very much involved in organising school trips abroad during this time.

I believe mine and Keith’s experiences as teachers have helped make Halsbury unique.

The Management Team

Hugues Raulet

Hugues Raulet

Managing Director

Hugues’ Halsbury journey started nearly 20 years ago, and he’s worked in many different departments. He now focuses on ensuring that Halsbury remains the leader in educational travel while still ensuring that we’re with every single one of our teachers every step of the way. He’s also leading the way in Halsbury’s pledge to become more sustainable.

Discovering new places and exploring new cultures have been by far the most enriching experiences of my life.
Chris Stacey

Chris Stacey

Head of Sales

Inspired to enter the school travel industry after a chance encounter with a British youth orchestra in Chile nearly 20 years ago, Chris now heads up our dynamic team of Tour Advisers.

We provide experiences that create memories, whether it be immersing oneself in the local culture or being in awe of a region’s natural beauty
Silvia Vintem

Silvia Vintem

Head of Operations

Multilingual Silvia has been arranging itineraries for Halsbury for more than 15 years and has spent over 7 of those heading up our team of Itinerary Coordinators.

Being multilingual and culturally fluent has given me in-depth knowledge to help create special memories and help teachers organise trips that widen their students’ horizons, helping them to think outside the box!
John Pinca

John Pinca

Overseas Manager

With nearly 30 years' experience in the school travel industry, and before that the hospitality industry, John is well-placed to manage our overseas products along with the staff who deal directly with suppliers all over the world.

I love working with people and my experiences in travel and hospitality have turned me into a great diplomat, ensuring I always get the best out of situations for our groups.
Katie Wylie

Katie Wylie

Head of Marketing

Katie loves exploring new countries and cultures and has travelled extensively throughout six continents. Having worked for Halsbury for over 10 years, she now manages and plans all of Halsbury's marketing activities.

I've experienced first-hand how inspiring travel can be and it's really rewarding to be part of a company that promotes this ethos and gives young people incredible opportunities.
Bobby

Bobby

Chief Morale Officer

Bobby is technically Keith and Sue’s dog, but he’s been adopted by every single member of the Halsbury family.

I’ve visited a number of resorts used by Halsbury but my favourite place has to be in front of the fire with the family after a hard day on the slopes (for them!).

Tour Advisers

Laura Lucas

Laura Lucas

Head of Educational Tours

Former teacher Laura joined Halsbury more than a decade ago and has experience both as an Itinerary Manager and Tour Adviser, before becoming our Head of Educational Tours.

I wanted to use my languages in a role that helped promote travel as part of school life.
Rachael McLoughlin

Rachael McLoughlin

Head of Language Tours

Former MFL teacher Rachael is well placed to be our Head of Language Tours, ensuring that they continue to provide exciting educational opportunities for students and teachers.

Helping students to learn more about the subject and the wider world around them is great – I’m making a difference to their learning without even meeting them!
Zoe Campbell

Zoe Campbell

Head of Long-Haul Tours

Zoe is the first point of contact for teachers looking to plan tours outside of Europe. Incredibly well travelled, Zoe has visited most of our long-haul destinations herself.

I love being able to help others experience the joys of travel. Being able to talk enthusiastically about places you have visited yourself is always a pleasure.
Gail Biggins

Gail Biggins

Tour Adviser

Gail has over 10 years of experience in organising school trips abroad and uses her experience to guide teachers through the process.

I love meeting teachers who share my passion for providing students with the opportunity to experience new things and create lifelong memories.
Laura Martin

Laura Martin

Tour Adviser

Laura’s passion is travel – her current tally is 51 countries and counting! With a background in luxury travel, Laura is well-placed to help teachers with the early stages of planning their trip.

I wanted a role which enabled students to travel, as travelling has had such a big impact on my life. I feel everyone should have the opportunity to see other countries from a young age.
Alison Fox

Alison Fox

Tour Adviser

One of Halsbury Music's experienced Travel Advisers, Alison graduated with a degree in Tourism Management and has been organising school music tours for almost ten years. She knows our destinations well, as her passion for travel has taken her all over the world.

I love when I get the chance to go on tour with a group and see first-hand the dream that I've helped to make into a reality.
Kate Martin-Wake

Kate Martin-Wake

Tour Adviser

Kate has been with Halsbury Sport for over 10 years, and her experience of our destinations, clubs and the different requirements of sports groups make her well placed to help Group Leaders put together unforgettable school sports tours.

I love being part of a team that provides young people with lasting memories and unforgettable experiences that they may not have otherwise had access to.
Beth Hall

Beth Hall

Tour Adviser

One of Halsbury Ski's experienced Ski Specialists, with over 20 years' experience in group travel, Beth has visited many of our resorts and so is well-placed to advise on the suitability of resorts for her groups. A keen skier, Beth also helps run our ISSC ski racing event.

Giving others the opportunity to travel, sometimes for the first time overseas, is incredibly humbling.
Tracy West

Tracy West

Tour Adviser

With over 30 years in school travel, in many different roles supporting school ski trips, Tracy is very well placed to advise teachers on the best options for their school ski trip. A keen skier herself, Tracy has visited many of our resorts herself and loves to get out on the mountain!

I believe that school travel is wonderful for the development of young people and I love working closely with teachers to make these trips happen.
Oliver Brown

Oliver Brown

Tour Adviser

Oli's first experience of skiing was on a school trip to Valloire, and he's been addicted ever since. At the last count, he'd skied over 35 resorts across Europe and North America, and he loves using his first-hand experience to advise teachers on the best options for their groups.

Remembering how much I enjoyed my first skiing experience on a school trip, it's great to see new skiers get the same buzz as they master new skills and explore the mountains.
Ben McCafferty

Ben McCafferty

Tour Adviser

Multilingual Ben speaks Spanish and Italian fluently and is passionate about travel. One of our Ski and Sport specialists, Ben uses his language skills to deal directly with suppliers while he's putting together ski packages for school groups and also while he's out on the slopes.

I love being able to put together exciting packages to offer school groups the opportunity to do what they love while soaking up another culture.

Itinerary Coordinators

James Wylie

James Wylie

Itinerary Coordinator

James was himself inspired to study history to degree level on a school trip to the WW1 battlefields, so he loves being able to make use of his subject knowledge to plan memorable tours for others.

I enjoy reading feedback from groups and hearing about what students have gained from their experience.
Lynsey Palmer

Lynsey Palmer

Itinerary Coordinator

Another of our linguists, Lynsey’s been with us since 1999 and so has vast amounts of experience when it comes to arranging school trips designed to inspire your students!

I enjoy working in travel as I get to use my language skills, work alongside many different nationalities and visit lots of amazing cities and places I wouldn’t otherwise get to see!
Leonor Pereira

Leonor Pereira

Itinerary Coordinator

Leonor is from Portugal but has lived all over Europe. A fluent Spanish speaker, Leonor loves any opportunity to use her language skills and to travel, particularly to sunnier lands!

I love that I have the opportunity to use my language skills all the time. Organising trips to different destinations is always a challenge and I love it!
Asha Loizou

Asha Loizou

Itinerary Coordinator

Asha has been with us for well over a decade in various roles, so she has an incredible understanding of the process of arranging school trips, and how she can make it easier for group leaders.

I love working for Halsbury because I like hearing about teachers’ school trip experiences and providing them with excellent customer service to ensure their next trip is just as good!
Rebecca Hicks

Rebecca Hicks

Itinerary Coordinator

One of our former teachers, Rebecca knows exactly what it's like to take a large group of children on a school trip. This first-hand experience means that Rebecca is well-placed to help teachers choose educational activities suitable for the age and requirements of the students.

My love of travel and belief that children should be given more opportunities to experience different cultures and languages drew me to a career in school travel. I love that I get to plan amazing school trips every day!
Rachel Byng

Rachel Byng

Itinerary Coordinator

Another linguist (she speaks French and Spanish) Rachel has been at Halsbury for over 15 years and, therefore, is an expert in planning school trips abroad!

I love giving students the opportunity to visit new places and see first-hand the different cultures, hopefully instilling in them a passion for languages and travel!
Delphine Lock

Delphine Lock

Head of Music and Itinerary Coordinator

Delphine has over 20 years' experience in arranging school music tours and has visited most of our destinations herself. Originally from France, Delphine is multilingual and so is able to make arrangements directly with suppliers.

I enjoy every aspect of working in travel. I love being able to create inspirational music tours that allow groups to experience different cultures.
Giulia Decimi

Giulia Decimi

Ski Operations Manager

Giulia grew up in the shadow of the Dolomites and has been involved with Halsbury Ski in various roles, from ski rep to Operations Manager, for over 10 years. She oversees Halsbury Ski's team of Itinerary Coordinators and enjoys being hands-on in organising trips.

Having started as a ski rep on ski trips, I still love being out in the field when I can, seeing the fruit of the hard work done by everyone involved and talking to teachers and suppliers in person.
Audrey Algrain

Audrey Algrain

Itinerary Coordinator

Audrey is from Paris and speaks English, French and some German and Italian. Her role involves making reservations and putting together detailed itineraries for school ski trips, as well as educational tours, so she makes use of her linguistic skills on a daily basis!

I love that there are so many different nationalities in our office and we've all been to so many different places. We love swapping travel stories and tips in our spare time!
Judit Eleod

Judit Eleod

Itinerary Coordinator

Originally from Budapest, multilingual Judi has always had a passion for sport and travel. She works closely with teachers to plan the finer details of their school sports tours, using her language skills to liaise with local suppliers to ensure that each tour is completely unforgettable.

Travel memories are everlasting, and I love having a job where I can make school trips useful and interesting at the same time, taking groups to places that they otherwise might not get to visit.

The Procurement Team

Miriam Nisan

Miriam Nisan

Hotel Reservations Manager

Miriam's modern languages degree in French, German and Italian means she's able to speak with hoteliers in their native language. Having built up valuable relationships with hoteliers and suppliers, Miriam is in a good position to negotiate the very best rates for our groups.

I find being in travel both rewarding and satisfying, particularly working with school groups. Knowing that I'm contributing to their experience has always been fulfilling for me.
Sam Axon

Sam Axon

Transport Coordinator

Sam spent 3 years teaching in Germany, Japan and the UK before joining Halsbury. He now works closely with our coach and ferry suppliers to ensure safe and affordable travel for our school groups.

The profoundly positive effect my secondary school trips had on my life meant that working in school travel seemed an obvious choice!
Denise Shelton

Denise Shelton

Flights Coordinator

Passionate about travel and with a background in events management and European group travel, Denise is super organised, which is important as she's responsible for sourcing and booking flights for our groups, as well as making changes to flight bookings and preparing groups' documents for travel.

The school travel industry is a very rewarding sector to be in when you've been a part of young people's trips and you've seen how much they gain from the experiences we provide.

The Marketing Team

Anne-Marie Rollings

Anne-Marie Rollings

Copywriter and Content Marketer

Anne-Marie caught the travel bug early and has over 10 years' experience in school travel. A European Studies graduate, she uses her linguistic talents to write everything you see on our websites, brochures and other marketing materials.

School trips left a huge impression on me and inspired a lifelong passion for languages, so I know how important they are. I hope that my writing helps teachers to feel informed and inspired to keep providing such life-changing experiences!
Aleksandra Stepien

Aleksandra Stepien

Brand Manager, Graphic Designer & Photographer

Originally from Poland, Ola is responsible for designing our marketing content and promotional materials. With a background in engineering geology and having worked as an activities instructor for school residential trips, Ola uses her broad range of interests and experiences to effectively communicate Halsbury's values and ethos as a brand.

I love that my job offers me opportunities to travel, as well as learn more about a variety of different topics through creating infographics and posters that I hope both students and teachers find useful and engaging!
Evie Cobbin

Evie Cobbin

Graphic Design Assistant/Digital Marketing Apprentice

Creative Evie recently graduated with a graphic design degree and is currently working towards her Level 3 Digital Marketing qualification. Multitalented, Evie creates images for our websites, designs some of our emails and resources, and even helps to run our social media accounts.

I've always been a keen learner and I think that travelling is a great way to broaden your understanding of the world and enrich your life. Being able to play my part in such formative experiences through promoting school trips is massively rewarding.

The IT Team

Andrew Ravenwood

Andrew Ravenwood

Lead Software Developer

Andrew started his working life as a graphic designer and, after having worked in a variety of industries, now looks after and develops the software used at Halsbury. Andrew works hard to make sure our website looks great, works well and inspires teachers!

Working in school travel has offered me lots of exciting opportunities and I love the fact that my work is helping to inspire teachers to inspire their students with lifechanging educational experiences.
Zygimantas Celujevas

Zygimantas Celujevas

IT Technician

Originally from Lithuania and a Computer Science graduate, Ziggy takes care of all our IT needs. Whether he's troubleshooting hardware or software issues, setting up networks or just helping out the rest of the Halsbury team with any IT-related issue, Ziggy's always ready to help.

I love working with people from all over the world who share my passion for travel. And being able to work with people from all over the world is broadening my multicultural awareness.

The Halsbury Difference

School trips by teachers for teachers

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Tailor-made school trips

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Loyalty scheme

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Earn loyalty points from your very first trip which can be used towards a trip discount or free gift for your school.