Where to Travel 2019
To celebrate a brand-new year, we have put together some of the best places you should travel in 2019. Our activity experts have been travelling to th...Read more
|Meet the team!|
Ben Roseveare, Activities Director
Ben leads our BSpoke Tours team and has had a career in adventure tour operating for over 20 years. He has worked overseas in Malawi, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand. When not driving a desk he has climbed, trekked and biked extensively throughout Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Ben is mad about all sports including road cycling, running and trekking.
Country Expert: France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Morocco, Tanzania, South Africa, Thailand, India, Cuba, Peru, Chile & Argentina.
Favourite Food: French steak with a large glass of St Emilion.
Harvey Downard, Product & Operations Manager
Harvey started with BSpoke Tours as an overseas representative and has since become our Product & Operations Manager. He is our resident cycling nut and has spent time in the saddle all over the UK, Europe and the USA. His favourite trip to date was a 2 week cycling, sailing and climbing trip in California and the next destination on his wish list is a battle between Austin, Texas and the outback of Australia.
Country Expert: France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, USA, Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Favourite food: Fish tacos overlooking the Pacific at Malibu Seafood
Marton Kovaks, Activities Expert
Marton is originally from Hungary, very nearly played 'premier league' football and is a sports/wildlife/history enthusiast who loves to travel. He is generally interested in languages and photography. He has travelled to many countries throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
Country Expert: France, Hungary, Germany, Austria ...
Favourite Food: Persian Kebab
George Abraham, Activities Expert
George is a keen traveller. He spent 5 years living and working in South Vietnam, running and developing a successful eco-lodge. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, South East Asia, India & Sri Lanka, Sub-Saharan Africa and The Americas. George is also a fan of Liverpool football club.
Country Expert: Vietnam, France, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Sri Lanka, India.
Favourite Food: A thin Italian cooked pizza with a cold beer.
Becky Joiner, Cruise Programme Manager
Becky's passion for travel started when she left home at 18 and lived in Australia for 2 years. Her obsesssion for the Polar regions took off after taking an expedition cruise around Svalbard. What she loves most about the Arctic and Antarctica is the beautiful scenery, the amazing wildlife and how peaceful these areas of the world are. Becky's hobbies include yoga and knitting!
Country Expert: France, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Australia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Morocco, Jordan, Arctic, Antarctica.
Favourite Food: All food, everything, apart from avocados.
Philippa James, Destination Manager, France
Phil James is one half of the Destination Manager team in the Loire Valley this year. She’s an ex IT teacher, now enjoying a completely different second career. Phil has taken up weekend cycling around the country roads of Wiltshire especially if there’s a coffee and cake stop along the way. She also managed to complete the Ride London cycle event last year. Interests include keeping fit, skiing, gardening, furniture reupholstery and quizzy Mondays.
Country expert: England, Wales, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy.
Favourite food: Tartiflette with a cold crisp white wine in an alpine mountain restaurant.
Martin James, Destination Manager, France
Martin is the other half of the Destination Manager team in the Loire Valley this year. He brings logistics and ops management skills to the team, planning how to get guests or their luggage from A to B. A keen cyclist he has completed many charity bike challenges in the UK and enjoys both road and mountain biking. Interests include playing football and golf, rugby, walking, and quoting old Monty Python sketches. He loves listening to up-beat music especially Nick Cave and Tindersticks.
Country expert: England, Wales, Scotland, IOW, France, Spain, Italy, Canada, China.
Favourite food: Tapas with a nice full-bodied Rioja.
Lee Hardy, Destination Manager, France
Lee, our man in Provence, is a new addition to the Bspoke Team. An Armed Forces Veteran and an advanced cycle technician by trade, he has worked at a number of the largest retailers and distributors in the UK. Lee is a passionate mountain biker and road cyclist. When not on a bike, Lee enjoys trekking and later this year will be heading to the Himalayas on an expedition with the Royal British Legion.
Country expert: France, Nepal, Middle East, UK, Switzerland, Italy
Favourite food: Steak Tartare
Tom "Buzz" Bussenschutt, Product & Operations Executive
Tom works in our product and operations team sourcing and running the exciting new cycling and hiking tours & destinations. It's his job to make sure everything runs smoothly. Hailing from Australia, he is no stranger to the travel bug. After an extensive journey throughout North America, Asia and Europe he has found himself a new home in our UK office in Battersea, London.
Country Expert: France, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Spain, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand & Canada.
Favourite Food: Nothing beats a hearty chicken parmigiana schnitzel from back home!
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