Meet our key team members

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Information about the team at Cashel Travel's HQ can be found here.

Meet the team at Cashel

Andrew Lancey BSc MSc

GBT Founder & Senior Operations Executive

Not as young as he looks; Andrew first started Great British Trips along with his wife in 2010. With a professional background in transport and logistics planning for a large internationl firm, Andrew knows the UK and Ireland inside out. This knowledge has been put to great use in planning the key road and rail routes for our tours and gives Andrew a fantastic understanding of geographical landscape of the UK. Andrew oversees group tours with many long-standing Great British Trips clients and works closely with Cashel, ensuring that all the operations and details are taken care of so that everything can go without a hitch. 

In his personal life Andrew is married to Co-Director Ruth and they have two wonderful young children who takes a great deal of time from their doting parents! Andrew is also on the leadership team of a local church and actively involved in supporting several charities which focus on international aid and development in third world countries. 

Kim Hardiker


Kim initially joined Great British Trips as our first employee early in 2011 after 5 years working with the senior leadership team of a large charity. She immediately showed a great flair for business, building fantastic relationships with our customers and becoming a natural at planning tours and quickly became invaluable to the team. Kim has a special gift for storing our database information in her brain and appears to know the detailed itinerary of every customer from memory such is her involvement in the tours! Kim loves getting to know customer and always gives a great personal service to everyone she deals with.

Outside of work Kim is studying with the Open University for a degree in Social Science which takes up a lot of free hours. When she does eventually get free time it is likely to be spent outdoors - particularly enjoying walking with friends (and dogs) particularly in The Peak District (or binging on the latest boxset!!!)

Claire Bouédo Ba

Operations Executive

Originally from France, Claire studied tourism and moved to Manchester in 2012, when she joined Great British Trips. A keen eye for detail makes her the ideal member of the team to handle bookings with suppliers and make sure our customers have the best time in the UK! In her spare time, Claire enjoys walks in the countryside, going to gigs and playing the guitar.

Claire loves living in England and is well settled here. She makes the most of her weekends and any opportunities the company give her to travel and visit key areas of the UK. Claire is also a gifted musician and songwriter and can regularly be seen performing in small venues in Manchester city centre. 

Ruth Lancey

Great British Trips Website

Married to Andrew, Ruth started the company with Andrew in 2010 after returning from a backpacking trip around the world and 4 months in Zambia working with a charity in the poorest villages. Ruth's experience in graphics, web design, marketing and Event Management ideally placed her to work alongside Andrew in starting the company. Like Andrew, Ruth is well travelled and has visited almost every destination the company promote in Ireland and the UK. These days Ruth's time is mostly spent looking after the Great British Trips website.

Since starting the company Ruth has had two children with Andrew and currently spends much of her non-GBT time with them. Like Andrew, Ruth is actively involved in the local church and uses her graphic skills to support several local charities, community groups and organisation. Ruth is also a volunteer youth worker in her community where she often supports the local Eden Team.