The people at any organization are the most important thing. Gap 360 staff are smart young graduates (apart from the MD!) who are efficient, intelligent, and well travelled. Most of all they are nice people!

Jon Hodson - Senior Travel Advisor

John Hodson

Jon has travelled to the USA and New Zealand. His trip highlights include seeing the home of Rocky in Philadelphia where he ran up the famous steps as seen in the montages. He also loved exploring the Franz Josef Glacier,along with eating many Ferg Burgers in Queenstown. Jon is sports mad, with a real passion for football. When not travelling Jon will assist you in arranging the best trip for you.

  • Favourite Destinations
  • New Zealand - Adrenaline and adventure
  • Thailand - Full Moon Party
  • Italy - Pizza and wine, no more needs to be said

Charlie Burch - Travel Advisor

Charlie Burch

Charlie got the travel bug nearly 10 years ago by coaching football in the USA, he then went to University in Portsmouth and got a degree in Sports Development and has worked in travel ever since! He's the most travelled person in the office, with a current list of around 50 countries and planning on adding to the list this year with a trip to Sri Lanka. Charlie genuinely loves chatting and helping people arrange their travels so give him a call!

Matt Latimer - Travel Sales Representative

Matt Latimer

Matt graduated from University of Roehampton with a BA Hons in Classical Civilisation. A keen surfer, you can find him down by a beach when he's not at work, or in the kitchen trying to make more wine. Matt has travelled to Asia, South America and Europe, and is always happy to try something new. As our Travel Sales Representative, Matt visits schools to present the amazing Gap 360 trips to everyone.

  • Favourite Destinations
  • China - Tobogganing down the Great Wall of China
  • Peru - Climbing the Andes and visiting Machu Picchu
  • Thailand - Celebrating Thai New Year

Caroline Jones - Travel Co-Ordinator

Caroline Jones

Since graduating from Warwick University with a BA Hons in Film and Television and a National Dodgeball Champion trophey, I spent a year travelling and working around Australia. My more recent adventures have seen me dancing away at a music festival in Croatia, chasing the northern lights in Iceland and watching fireworks at New Year in Dam Square.

  • Favourite Destinations
  • Croatia - Boat trip to Hvar Island, Crystal clear waters, yummy fruit juices
  • Melbourne - Melbourne was my home from home
  • Iceland - Relaxing in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa with a face mask and glass of bubbly!

Katie Penberthy - Operations Manager

Katie Penberthy

Katie is an International Development graduate who has travelled to Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, India, Morocco, Uganda, and the USA. Her best bits were driving a campervan up the East Coast of Australia and swimming in the Ganges in India. When not travelling she makes sure that all our travellers i's are dotted and the t's crossed... in other words she is our operations detail person.

  • Favourite Destinations
  • Israel - The Old City of Jerusalem
  • Vietnam - The food
  • Myanmar - Beautiful scenery

Rachel Watson - Travel Co-Ordinator

Rachel Watson

Rachel caught the travel bug during her own gap year in 2002 and hasn't looked back since! That trip was to Australia and since then she's been all over the world, with 30 countries under her belt and many more on the hit list! She needs no excuse to head off on a new adventure, and takes full advantage of living so close to Europe, heading over to the continent regularly to explore new places. Asides from travel Rachel's other passion is live music, and she loves to combine the two with an overseas festival!

  • Favourite Destinations
  • Vietnam - Halong Bay, kayaking and amazing scenery
  • Las Vegas - The Strip, the fountains at The Bellagio
  • South Africa - Driving the Garden Route

Sophie Cummins - Senior Travel Co-Ordinator

Sophie Cummins

Since graduating from Cardiff University with a BA Hons in English Language, Sophie has spent two years travelling and working in Australia. Highlights of her trip included skydiving at Mission Beach and doing the 88 days of rural work! When she wasn't in the outback mustering sheep, skinning animals and making sausages she was at a rooftop bar sipping Mojitos in the sun. She has also travelled to South East Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand, USA and many parts of Europe.

  • Favourite Destinations
  • Bali - Scuba diving, Gili Islands and Balinese massages
  • Italy - Snowboarding in the Alps
  • Australia - The best brunch and coffee!

Ryan Meade - Travel Co-ordinator

Ryan Meade

Having spent a year travelling through Southeast Asia, Australasia, and America in 2013, and then a year living and working in Australia, Ryan found himself well and truly bitten by the travel bug. He's since made it his mission to match the number of countries he's visited to his age – so far he's managed 22, which is pretty impressive, but at the grand old age of 25 he's a bit off target, so is working on making up his numbers this year! His favourite memory is watching the fireworks in Sydney on New Year's Eve, and you're most likely to find him propping up the bar when he's not helping to plan other people's awesome travels.

  • Favourite Destinations
  • Vietnam - Halong Bay, amazing people and cheap beer!
  • New Zealand - Campervan exploring through incredible scenery and bungee Jumping
  • Australia - Beaches, skydiving, scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef and so much BBQ time

Emily Barnes - Marketing Co-ordinator

Emily Barnes

Emily graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BA Hons in Fashion Marketing and Branding. When she's not at work you can find her shopping for the latest trends and researching the new beauty industry launches. When travelling abroad if she's not on the beach she will be exploring the local and cultural fashions.

Nicola Pearce - Au Pair USA Co-ordinator

Nicola Pearce

Nicola worked as an au pair in the Rockaways, NY approximately a hundred years ago and now spends her time at Gap 360 sending au pairs off to start their own adventures in the USA. She has lived in the USA a number of times since then, travelling, waitressing, and working for a publisher in NYC. She also taught English in Japan for three years and travelled through China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia on her way home.

  • Favourite Destinations
  • Japan - Relaxing with locals in hot springs in the snow
  • Borneo - Getting fleas from an orangutan orphan
  • USA - Trick or treating in Queens, New York

Tom Rochard-Pullen - Web Developer

Tom Rochard-Pullen

Tom has travelled all over Europe, including the Scandinavian regions. His trip highlights are racing snow mobiles and dog sleds across the arctic circle in Finland as well as watching the northern lights from a hot spring in Iceland. In the office he works on the website, helping to develop it with new features and maintaining the current ones to keep it running smoothly.

  • Favourite Destinations
  • Iceland - frozen waterfalls and strange food
  • Finland - Driving a snow mobile across the arctic circle
  • Germany - Christmas Celebrations

Felix Penrose - Senior Web Developer

Felix Penrose

Felix is a bit of a thrill seeker, having jumped out a plane from 12,000 ft, jumped off a 200 ft platform with nothing but elastic strapped to his ankles and gone downhill biking in the French alps. He's also a passionate skier, always itching to go on that next holiday in the snow and rush down the mountain! He sorts out the website, bringing new features and maintaining current ones to give you the best online experience possible.

  • Favourite Destinations
  • Canada - Incredible skiing
  • Singapore - Driving the Singapore F1 track
  • Malta - Crystal clear lagoons

Nick Corden - Web Developer

Nick Corden

During his BSc Hons Games Design degree, Nick spent a semester studying in Melbourne Australia. After his studies there he travelled up the east coast of Australia from Melbourne to Cairns, seeing Sydney, The Gold Coast, and stops in-between. Then he hopped across to New Zealand and spent time backpacking down under.

George Meredith - Copywriter


After graduating from the University of Bristol, George went straight to Europe to live the writer's dream and sit outside cafés looking thoughtful. Now he travels the world from the comfort of an office chair, writing out trip itineraries, typing up info packs, and busying himself with all things wordy.

  • Favourite Destinations
  • Germany - Berlin beer and cabaret bars
  • USA - Hailing a New York cab like they do in the movies
  • New Zealand - Most epic landscapes in the world

James Jeremy - Technical Director

James Jeremy

James runs the office systems, computers, websites and anything technical. He is a whiz at getting things to work and even re-wired the entire Gap 360 office. he has also travelled to many places including Asia, Africa, Australia, etc.. James has 10 years experience in gap travel.

  • Favourite Destinations
  • Cambodia - Dirt bike riding through temples
  • Thailand - Riding around the islands
  • Wales - Best dirt biking anywhere ;)

Chris (aka The Maverick) - Product Manager

Chris Forrest

Chris has been described in the office as an enigma, a prodigy, and a legend...although mostly by himself. With the body of a norse god and the humour of road crossing poultry, when not exaggerating about himself he looks after all the product we sell, as well as working with other areas of the business. Named after the patron saint of travellers you know you are in good hands with him. Chris has travelled to Asia, North America, Australasia, and Europe.

  • Favourite Destinations
  • Belgium - The frites, beer, chocolate, breakfast, McFlurry's (seriously), and bread
  • Australia - Kayaking down the coast, and rock climbing in the outback
  • USA - Road tripping the mountains, lakes and forests of the north eastern states

David Stitt - Managing Director

David Stitt

David founded a company which grew to become the UK's largest gap year provider. He sold the company in 2008 and started a new career in playing golf, doing the school runs and food shopping. Now David does the sort of things MD's do. (we don't really know what it is, but he is good at it).

  • Favourite Destinations
  • USA - Living the dream in USA
  • South Africa - Amazing roads and great wine
  • Caribbean - Great to go there in UK winter

Jane Mclellan - Operations and Sales Director

Jane Mclellan

Jane has taken multiple gap trips and written about her experiences. She has worked in the gap travel industry since 2003. She has visited just about all the destinations where we offer trips and knows the people that run the projects, tours and accommodations personally. Jane is responsible for making sure that all the little details of your trip are taken care of and that the information you are provided with is correct.

  • Favourite Destinations
  • Bolivia - 4WD 3 day adventure around the Salt Flats
  • Australia - Camping Adventure in the outback
  • South Africa - Safari's in Kruger National Park