Meet the team
Head of Walking Leader Operations Cat Altounyan, joined HF Holidays in 2011. She has worked developing volunteering strategy with the City Farms and Gardens movement and the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside. Whenever she has time, Cat loves walking, road and mountain biking and rock climbing. She has also enjoyed walking in more far flung destinations overseas including Morocco, India, Borneo, China and Japan.
Gillian Mininch, Walking Leader Recruitment & Training Manager, joined HF Holidays in 1992, following two seasons as a voluntary walk leader. She has always been a keen mountaineer and hillwalker, and her enjoyment and experience of leading parties in the UK hills has led to her gaining the summer Mountain Leader award and completing the winter ML training course. She has been a member of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team since 1997 and was the Team’s Training Officer for four years..
Rachel Ashburner, Walking Leader Recruitment and Training Administrator joined HF Holidays in March 2014. She has a background in recruitment and training & development having previously worked in the education, health and local council sectors. In her spare time Rachel enjoys trying to speak Italian and walking her collie and is looking forward to taking her young family on a HF Holidays’ Family Adventure holiday.
Chris Wingrove, Walking Leader Services Manager, joined HF Holidays in February 2012. Chris has moved to Kendal after ten years of living and working in London and is already enjoying the relative peace and quiet! Previously he worked for the Ramblers, managing volunteers for an urban walking project. When not in the office, Chris enjoys travelling, walking and cycling.
Walking Leader Services Executive, Dave Brooks, joined HF Holidays in 2006 and is responsible for managing 250 volunteer leaders as well as being our IT and intranet guru! He lives in Brampton, close to Hadrian's Wall and is actively involved in the Brampton Walkers are Welcome initiative. He came with an outdoor background, working first for the Youth Hostels Association and then The Outward Bound Trust. Dave has completed the round of Lakeland's Wainwrights and is now looking further north to the Munros of Scotland although with only 6 peaks 'bagged' so far, it could take a few years to complete!
Walking Leader Services Executive, Alison Fawcett, joined HF Holidays in 2013, and having spent the last 5 years working in outdoor retail is a bit of a gear freak. Alison grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and has been active in a range of outdoor pursuits for most of her life, but now primarily is a walker and cyclist. Her work life has included a wide range of jobs including running a village shop and working at Heathrow Airport, so she’s used to thinking on her feet. Having just moved to Cumbria, she’s now looking forward to exploring the Northern Lakes and birdwatching on the Solway Firth.