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Meet the Walkers' Britain Team

Supporting walkers & cyclists since 1973

Meet the knowledgeable and dedicated team at Walkers' Britain who are here to help you discover the best walking and cycling trails in the United Kingdom and Europe. 

Meet Our Team

The Walkers Britain team has been taking the paths less travelled - walking and cycling the planet - for over 4 decades. Our team is passionate about Europe, adventure, travel and - of course - delivering exceptional service.

Combined, we've travelled to virtually every corner of Europe and bring a multi-disciplined, multicultural and whole-hearted love of all things travel. Members of our team are multilingual also speaking French or Spanish. Walkers' Britain also has a number of highly trained and experienced walking guides that look after you on a selection of guided walking holidays.

Walking the Larapinta Trail in Australia |  <i>Tali Emdin</i>
Tali Emdin, General Manager: Tali is a passionate walking enthusiast who has travelled widely across Europe and the world, with some of her favourite adventures along the Camino de Santiago, Sri Lanka, Aveyron in France, and hiking the Inca Trail. Originally from Australia, she now calls London home. Tali is looking forward to her next active holiday which will be in the South Downs. Read more about her story in Traveller Tales.

Trina walking British trails in the United Kingdom |  <i>Trina Willis</i>
Trina Willis, Travel Consultant: Trina has been organising holidays for our clients for over 36 years. Trina has walked numerous trips in the UK from the Great Glen Way in Scotland to the Marazion to Mevagissey trip at the other end of the country in Cornwall. She has also enjoyed walking on the Spanish Islands.  One of her favourite trips was visiting numerous National Parks in California. One of her favourite memories is visiting the Eden project just outside of Mevagissey, the largest indoor forest in the world. Her next trip over the summer is the Dorset & Wessex Trails.


Walkers' Britain's Katia on one of her hikes in the English Lake District
Katia Vignes, Reservations and Operations: Originally from the area where we run our Vermillion Coast and Mountains to the Med trips, Katia is a long-time resident to the UK. True to her role with Walkers’ Britain (and with Sherpa Expeditions since the early 2000’s) she enjoys walking and cycling and trying all kinds of other outdoor sports. Every Easter she books a cottage in the British countryside with an extended group of friends to spend a week of walking and cycling. In this way she has gained a lot of hands-on experience in Wales, the Lake District and Scotland, adding coming year Devon to the list.
Her most lively travel memory is when she flew into Kathmandu Valley and was lucky to take in the magnificent views of the Himalayas when she came fresh out of her tourism studies.

Local characters |  <i>John Millen</i>
John Millen, Operations & Guide: John found his passion for walking during his university days, where he was always out doing walks in the Dales, Pennines, or the Lake District and spending a lot of time canoeing. His first big trips were trekking across the Pyrenees into Spain, climbing Pico Aneto, then rolling off to Morocco on the Marrakech Express and up to Toubkal. He previously worked in East Africa on mountain safaris before joining Walkers’ Britain (known then as Sherpa Expeditions) and he has been guiding tours for over 20 years. John regularly leads the Coast to Coast Classic Walk.

Cycle past spectacular scenery outside of Bolzano |  <i>Sue Badyari</i>
Sue Badyari, CEO: From her first family trip to Nepal at the age of 14, Sue developed a passion for and intimate knowledge of the Himalaya. Sue’s love of travel led her to World Expeditions in 1986, when adventure travel was still considered very niche, before computers and well before the internet boom. Since being appointed CEO of the World Expeditions Travel Group in 1999, Sue has transformed the company from a single brand to a multi brand operator and distributor of travel products. The company now has over 15 separate brands - including Walkers' Britain - each speaking to different market segments and interests with a variety of travel products and services. 

A happy cyclist in beautiful Czech Republic |  <i>Els van Veelen</i>
Els van Veelen, Marketing Manager: After having spent a couple of years in Southeast Asia, Els has fully been embracing being back in her native Europe. She loves the different aspects each season brings along: in winter she loves to ice-skate, ski and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace; spring is all about chirping birds and bluebells; she likes to spend her summer days mountain walking in Switzerland, hiking in Ireland or cycling in the Czech Republic; and you can often find her exploring the islands of Italy, Spain and the Croatian coast by bicycle. She loves sampling local wine in the quaint squares of lesser-known towns and buying cheese and cured meat from local farmers. One of her favourite European holidays was cycling to Rome, which she explored on e-bikes with a group of friends. 



William Counsell walking the Camino Frances |  <i>William Counsell</i>
William Counsell, Marketing: Will has an extensive travel history; he took a gap year exploring and teaching in South East Asia; spent two semesters abroad in Indiana and the Netherlands; and took another gap year to explore South and Central America. After working in advertising, Will was fortunate to score a job guiding tours in Europe and Asia and spent the next 4 years doing just that. In the off season, he embarked on the Camino de Santiago and found all the wonderful rumours about a pilgrim experience to be true.

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