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The Team

Richard Hammond

Richard is the founder and Executive Producer of Greentraveller. He has produced over 100 films for a range of clients in both the public and private sectors. Richard was previously the Guardian's eco travel correspondent and has been involved in travel media for over 20 years, commenting in the press and on radio regarding sustainable transport and tourism. Richard is currently a judge of the Innovation Category of the The World Travel & Tourism Council's Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. He lives in a farmhouse on the Mendip Hills, Somerset.

Read this Interview with Richard Hammond for The Sustainability Leaders Project.

Chris Willan photographer

Christopher Willan

Creative Director of Photography
Chris has been a professional photographer for over 25 years working on TV and film, NGO, editorial and corporate assignments in over 50 countries. He has worked for a range of presitgious travel and tourism clients, including BBC Worldwide, British Airways, Condé Nast, The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, Thomas Cook, TUI, The Travel Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy.

George Chan

Videographer
Geoge spent 11 years with the BBC Natural History Unit filming all over the world on landmark series including Wild China and Planet Earth. He recently completed a conservation film about Richmond Park in London with Sir David Attenborough which won the gold award at the EVCOM film awards. 

Nigel Camp

Videographer
Nigel has produced over 100 videos for a variety of companies and organisations, such as Johnson & Johnson, the Holiday Inn and BritMums. He has enormous experience in filming everyone from juniors to CEOs of large corporates. Nigel is the author of The Video Effect, a book that teaches brands and businesses how to use video to market themselves effectively. He is a keynote speaker and digital tutor at the General Assembly. Nigel also blogs on useful tips on video making at thevideoeffect.tv.

Holly Rooke

Holly Rooke

Writer and Video Editor
Holly works on content for Greentraveller, including writing, video editing and social media. She has a first-class degree in English Literature and Philosophy from The University of Bristol.

Tina Smith

Contributor
Tina Smith is an award winning designer and art director with 10 years experience in journalism. She has worked on a diverse range of titles, from whizzy digital editions of Empire to hand-stiched headlines of Pretty Nostalgic, via a string of wide-ranging BBC publications and many others. Nature and the great outdoors are the subjects closest to her heart, leading her to co-found Lost in London magazine in 2010, and subsequently co-author a book of the same name.

Paul Bloomfield

Contributor
Paul has been writing about and photographing travel, food, drink, music and the wonders of Britain for over 10 years. He's written for Lonely Planet, Wanderlust and numerous other magazines, newspapers and websites, in that time tackling the 
Zambezi by raft, the Hudson by kayak, and the Swedish Arctic on a husky sled. Mostly, though, he prefers riding Shank's pony, hiking trails from Cornwall to New Zealand's Queen Charlotte Track.

Sarah Baxter

Sarah Baxter

Contributor
Ever since her Grandad took her on childhood rambles across the Norfolk countryside, Sarah has loved getting out into the great outdoors. Fortunately, she's managed to turn this love into a living. In 2002 she joined Wanderlust magazine, the bible for independent-minded travellers, and has since written extensively about travel and adventure for a range of other publications, from The Telegraph and The Independent to Country Walking, Lonely Planet and Runners World. She's also written a book, The History of the World in 500 Walks.

She loves global travel, but has an inkling that the UK might just be the world's best destination. Whether she's floating down Welsh rivers, hiking around the Cornish coast, topping tors in Dartmoor, bird-watching in Norfolk, spotting stags in the Cairngorms or strolling straight into the Cotswolds from her Bath front door, she's happiest when exploring at home.

Ginny Light travel writer

Ginny Light

Contributor
Ginny combines a career in teaching geography with writing academic and travel articles, which keeps her busy in the holidays but best of all impresses her students. Ginny started her writing career at Business Traveller magazine, during which she was awarded Young Travel Writer of the Year by travel news weekly, Travel Trade Gazette. She then took over editorship of the industry news website Travelmole and later joined The Times where she became Online Travel Editor and later Online Features Editor. Ginny has written frequently about adventure travel, green travel and places to stay and loves travelling in the UK, South-east Asia and North America. On her wish list is the Swedish coast, more of Scotland’s islands and Japan.

Yvonne Gordon

Contributor
Yvonne’s work has been published in The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, The Irish Mail on Sunday, Metro, The Guardian, The National, Abroad magazine and Private Islands magazine. She also writes for travel guides such as DK Eyewitness and Explorer Publishing and she co-wrote DK Eyewitness Travel – Back Roads Ireland, an exploration of Ireland’s unexplored countryside (2010).

Harriet O'Brien

Contributor
Harriet O’Brien is a journalist and editor who has been writing about travel and its myriad rewards for more than 15 years. Since she moved from downtown Brixton to rural Oxfordshire several years ago, she has developed a preference (bordering on dogged determination) to explore places on foot – it’s the only way to get really under the skin of a location, she says. She is the  Cotswolds correspondent for The Telegraph and is a regular contributor to The Independent, among other media outlets.

Rhiannon Batten

Contributor
Born in Yorkshire, Rhiannon Batten grew up in Hong Kong, Germany and the Welsh borders, before studying archaeology and anthropology at Oxford University. After a stint on the travel desk of the Independent, during which time she was awarded Young Travel Writer of the Year, she moved to Scotland, where she was based for over a decade, before returning to London. Having written a book on sustainable travel in 2007, Higher Ground: How to Travel Responsibly Without Roughing It, she now writes on green travel, community tourism and nature tourism for a number of publications, including the Independent, the Guardian, ELLE magazine, Wanderlust and National Geographic Traveller. 

Paul Miles

Contributor
Paul has been writing and photographing on sustainable travel for over a decade. His work has appeared in many publications, including the Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Condé Nast Traveller, BBC Wildlife, Geographical, The Ecologist and The Idler. Paul lives in the Midlands, cruising the waterways of England & Wales in his narrowboat using public transport and his bicycle. 

Emma Smith

Emma is our finance manager, responsible for our accounts for all our advertisers, clients and freelancers.

Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson

Contributor
Simon is a writer and editor for the UK's bestselling subscription magazine The Week. He also has a weekly investment column in the country's bestselling financial magazine Moneyweek. He combines this with another life as an actor on stage and television. He has worked at the National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe and lots of other places, and has appeared in nearly every middlebrow TV crime drama you can think of. Earlier this year, Simon could be seen as a charming-but-slimy brain surgeon on EastEnders, doing intentionally poor dancing in a successful attempt to make Ronnie Mitchell smile.

Matt Witt Business Advisor

Matt Witt

Non Exec Director
Matt runs his own business providing operations analysis and advice, principally for e-commerce companies.  He is also an active angel investor, supporting 5 different start-up ventures currently, and works as a director with several internet enterprises.

Between 2007-2010, Matthew served as Non-Executive Director of toptable, Europe’s largest online restaurant booking company processing approximately £130M of reservations per annum. Prior to this, Matthew had been Chief Operating Officer at Booking.com, formerly Active Hotels.  He joined Active at its inception in March 2000, and as Operations Director, helped lead Active through its start-up phase to to becoming the number one European online hotel retailer in 2006, with responsibility for Sales, Marketing, Technology and Distribution. Following the merger with Bookings BV in 2005, he continued as COO for Active Hotels, overseeing the integration of the companies’ technical and management systems, and the creation of a single operating business, Booking.com.

Andy Phillipps Entrepreneur

Andrew Phillipps

Chairman
Andy is Entrepreneur in residence at INSEAD business school. Previously, Andy was Chairman of Toptable (2005-2010), the online restaurant reservations website, and the co-founder and CEO of Active Hotels (1999-2006), which he helped to grow to become the largest on-line hotel booking company in Europe. The company was recognised as the fastest growing technology company in the UK by Deloitte, was a Sunday Times best employer, and Andy won Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

Andy has subsequently helped found, expand and/or invest in a number of start-ups, including Reevoo (Europe’s leading provider of social commerce solutions. Reevoo has been deployed by more than 150 major brands including Sony, BestBuy and Dixons helping them to achieve average sales uplifts of 18% through boosted conversion rates and increased order values, turning browsers into shoppers) and I2O (the pressure management technology that helps water companies dramatically reduce water leakage and energy usage).