Our People

Here at HF, we're more than our holidays. There are a whole team involved in planning, running and assessing our holidays to provide an exceptional experience for our guests year after year.
Our team are truly passionate about travel, the outdoors and delivering holidays that are inspiring, passionate and fun. Meet some of the team, our very own in-house experts and travel advisors.
Katie Smith
Katie SmithDigital Marketing

How long have you worked at HF?

I've worked at HF Holidays for 3 years now and absolutely love it.

What was your favourite ever holiday?

My favourite holiday EVER has to be exploring Japan back in 2016. I enjoyed the contrast between the super-modern Tokyo and traditional Kyoto. I also enjoyed sampling the local delicacies, you need to try Takoyaki, a traditional street food made with Octopus.

Where is your next holiday?

My next adventure will be wild-camping along the Cumbrian Way in October

Where's on your bucket list?

Top of my bucket-list is China and walking along the lesser trod paths of the Great Wall.

How long have you worked at HF?

In March 2020 I will have worked for HF Holidays for 9 years.

What was your favourite ever holiday?

The best trip I have done was to Madagascar on the HF Holidays itinerary. This was my first visit to an African country and was such a wonderful learning experience for me.

Where is your next holiday?

My next holiday is a craft break in Church Stretton. I have got the crafting bug and working with one’s hands is very satisfying. After that I am planning a trip to Egypt to visit friends and rest at a desert oasis

Where's on your bucket list?

My dream holiday would be either

Star Gazing in the Atacama Desert, Chile or cycling the Iron Curtain Trail in Europe. I’m a firm believer that a holiday experience should evoke feelings of awe.

Jackson Griffiths
Jackson GriffithsReservation Consultant
Becki Bowles
Becki BowlesAssistant House Manager

How long have you worked at HF?

This August will be my 3rd year with the company, although it feels like I’ve been part of the team much longer!

What was your favourite ever holiday?

My favourite holiday ever is a trip my partner and I took to Lastovo off the coast of Croatia a few years ago.  It was truly the most relaxing holiday ever!  The island has great walking routes, excellent climbing, amazing local food and we swam in the sea under the stars every night (it has the 2nd darkest skies in Europe!)  Our little piece of heaven!

Where is your next holiday?

My next holiday will be somewhere in Scotland, after the hotel closes this winter.  Usually we just pick somewhere random on the map and go walking for a few days until we have to turn back.

Where's on your bucket list?

My dream holiday would be either to Torres del Paine NP in Patagonia or to Samoa- I don’t think I could choose between the two…

How long have you worked at HF?

I have worked for HF for 4 years now, I've worked in one of the houses and now I work in the Marketing team in Penrith! 

What was your favourite ever holiday?

In 2015 I travelled to South Africa from Johannesburg to Durban! I was lucky enough to spend time with local families, experience a new culture and witness some incredible wildlife.

Where is your next holiday?

My next adventure will be in the Scottish Highlands when I visit one of our Country Houses in August!

Where's on your bucket list?

Top of my travel bucket list is New York, the atmosphere and the culture of the city that never sleeps really appeals to me.

Curtis Armstrong
Curtis ArmstrongSocial Media
Annabelle Kelsey
Annabelle KelseyAssistant Product Manager, Special Interests

How long have you worked at HF?

I’ve worked at HF Holidays for a year and a half.

What was your favourite ever holiday?

My favourite holiday was a year long holiday to Australia! My partner and I travelled and work our way around the East Coast of Australia but by far the best place we visited was Tasmania. It reminded me of home and the landscape and walking was incredible!

Where is your next holiday?

I’m really looking forward to my next adventure in North Wales.

Where's on your bucket list?

Top of my bucket list is to go skiing in Whistler, Canada!