Alison Wilson – Associate Director
Alison has over 27 years’ experience in the travel industry covering school travel, inbound FITs, groups and everything in between.
First in in the morning and usually last away at night. Always up for a challenge and after 27 years still loves the industry with a passion.
Favourite Garden – Butchart Gardens, Victoria
Favourite pop concert – Fleetwood Mac live in Stockholm, Adele in Belfast
Interesting fact about Alison – Claims not to have a photographic memory
Jenni Duncan – Product Manager
Jenni joined Brightwater Holidays in 1998 and has worked in several different roles across the company, her main role now is working on our product to ensure that our guest are getting the most out of their holiday and helping to develop new and exciting tours
Favourite garden – Any Japanese garden at cherry blossom time
Favourite place – Iceland
Interesting fact about Jenni – Was a Scottish junior gymnast (I know, you wouldn’t think so now!)
Jacqui Soutar – Sales Manager
Jacqui has had a career in hospitality for over 20 years, starting at the service level and working her way up to the General Management level. She has gained and maintained her venues with various ratings including 5* VisitScotland gradings and AA 3 Rosettes. Her skills, knowledge and experience in Management — albeit a different product — will be an asset to assist the Brightwater Team and help them excel in their future development.
Inspirational entrepreneur – Sir Richard Branson
Most interesting holiday – India
Favourite dining – Fine dining experiences
Evelyn Kirstein – Sales Executive
Has been processing bookings and attending to customers' needs for longer than she cares to admit
Favourite Garden – The Burley Marx Garden, Rio de Janeiro
Favourite Scottish Garden – Dunbeath Castle, Caithness
Interesting fact about Evelyn - Remembers when Glenrothes was a small village surrounded by fields
Susan Scott – Reservations Assistant
Always happy to take your booking and answer any queries. Keeps our database up to date, and happy to discuss the finer points of Lewis Hamilton’s driving.
Favourite Garden – Keukenhof, Amsterdam
Favourite National Trust Property – Falkland Palace
Interesting fact about Susan – Once bumped into a Proclaimer in Princess Street, Edinburgh
Michelle Bryant – Accounts Manager
With a keen eye for numbers Michelle is interested in all things finance. After completing an Accountancy degree at the University of Abertay, Michelle is studying to obtain her AAT qualification. When Michelle is not studying she enjoys nothing more than spending quality time with her family and friends’
Favourite destination – South Queensferry
Favourite eatery – Orocco Pier
Favourite Flower – Scottish Thistle (actually a weed)
Interesting fact about Michelle – Has a twin sister who also studies accounts
Kelly Wilson – Sales Executive
Likes nothing better than speaking to clients and making them happy with excellent customer service.
Favourite holiday destination – Tenerife
Favourite flower – Sunflower
Interesting fact about Kelly – Loves going on city breaks
Lisa Wilson – Accounts Manager
Joined Brightwater in May 2005 as Accounts Assistant then took over as Accounts Manager after her predecessor retired in June 2016. When not at work she enjoys caddying for her daughter on various golf courses and kayaking down the River Tay (trying not to end up upside down!)
Favourite Scottish Loch – Loch Tay
Interesting fact about Lisa – Most weekends she is caddy for her golf fanatic daughter
Julie Simpson – Operations Manager
In charge of our Operations team who ensure that all elements of each and every holiday run smoothly and seamlessly, from the coach turning up on time (and being in the right place), to the hotels knowing how many guests are coming, to all excursions and visits being briefed and booked properly. No small feat.
Favourite place – the Isle of Seil
Favourite Tour Manager – She loves them all!
Interests – Julie spends her nights running her children to football training and then spends the weekends watching them play football. She tries to enjoy some time to herself, but is always too busy being a taxi (but she does love being a mum!)
Andrew Sharples – Product Development Manager
Andrew is involved in new tour itineraries and there is nothing he likes better than studying a railway timetable or Caledonian MacBraynes’ ferry schedule. Andrew has a great skill in writing brochure copy and can produce flowing prose from scraps of scribbled notes. Never happier than when Dundee United win on a Saturday afternoon – therefore not often happy.
Favourite garden – Haddon Hall, Derbyshire.
Favourite train journey – The Jacobite on the Fort William to Mallaig line
Interesting Fact about Andrew – Has a large model railway in his attic
Allana Mitchell – Contracts Executive
With over 20 years’ experience in the travel industry mainly specialising in tailor made group travel, Allana is embracing her newly appointed position as our Contracts Executive, responsible for securing the dates and hotel accommodation for our holiday destinations.
Favourite Brightwater Holiday – Grand tour of the Outer Hebrides
Favourite Garden – Pure Land Japanese Garden, near Lincoln
Interesting fact about Allana – has been our prize-winning karaoke singer….and is also very guilty of eating all the office biscuits!!
Julie Liddle – Operations Assistant
Beavers away, producing rooming lists, pick-up lists, flight lists, booking lists, lists about lists. Can turn her hand to most areas in Operations, and indeed Reservations if the need occurs. A great team player with a wealth of experience.
Favourite place in Scotland – Kinlochrannoch
Favourite Scottish beach – Tentsmuir
Interesting Fact about Julie – Julie enjoys being outdoors and football (watching not playing!) and cooking
Hazel Smith – Operations Assistant
There are not many gardens that Hazel is not on first name terms with or has a phone number or email address for. Books museum visits, books castles, books guides, books ferries, books whisky tastings – there are not many things Hazel has not booked in her years at Brightwater Holidays.
Favourite book – Watership Down by Richard Adams
Favourite dog – Eden (her Black Labrador)
Interesting Fact about Hazel – Ace organiser of Brightwater’s Secret Santa
Christina Sharples – Operations Assistant
Christina is a keen traveller with a particular fondness for the USA, having ticked many states off her list during two summers spent working at a camp in Maine. She likes anywhere with sun and enjoys nothing more than topping up her tan. Christina is new to the industry and on a steep learning curve, but is enjoying the many challenges she is encountering along the way.
Favourite place – New York City
Favourite TV show – Grey's Anatomy
Interesting fact about Christina – Has a zoology degree and a particular fascination for otters
Stephanie Reid – Private Groups Manager
Getting the best for her customers is Stephanie's priority. She'll be your best advocate, using her experience to make sure your holiday fits your group's specific interests and that your tour is exactly what you want. As a seasoned travel professional, Stephanie has over 30 years’ experience in many aspects of the business from luxury cruising to adventure group travel. During her career, she's been fortunate enough to travel all over the world and to take part in all sorts of wonderful experiences. Whilst living in Hampshire, Stephanie spends as much time as she can at her cottage in the East Lothian countryside and likes nothing better than taking a good long walk on the 'sometimes' blustery beaches overlooking the Firth of Forth.
Favourite travel destinations - Nepal, Norway, Italy & Scotland
Desert Island luxury - An Atlas so that I can dream about travelling the world
Interesting fact about Stephanie - Ran her own patissierie stall on the Hampshire Farmers' Markets for 4 years