Meet the Team
Quality Christian Holidays
Having caught the Richmond passion in 2008 working in the French Alps, Adam quickly took on management responsibilities and progressed within the company. In 2014, he was appointed to lead the company as the Managing Director where he has combined his experiences “on-the-ground” with his strategic planning to further establish the company’s foundations and continue to passionately deliver quality Christian holidays.
Customer Relationship Manager
Having grown up in Bedfordshire, Bethany graduated with her Masters in Psycholinguistics from The University of York. She joined Richmond in October 2015 and quickly became an integral part of the team utilising her exceptional communication skills to ensure that all our guests experience the highest level of service and professionalism in all stages of their bookings. Bethany loves people and is a natural evangelist, engaging whenever possible to share with people in various stages of their faith journeys.
Holiday Consultant and Office Administrator
Bekky is passionate about administration, organisation and helping people. She joined the Richmond team in August 2017, using her skills to help with guest enquiries and bookings, general office administration and has been expanding her skillset into bookkeeping and accounts. Bekky loves the vision of Richmond and being part of such a fantastic Christ-Centred team delivering amazing Christian holidays!
Jerry is our Operations Manager, a role in which he draws on experience running our RYA Centre and managing our French and Greek resorts. Married, with adult children he enjoys being outside and active. He is passionate about watersports, loves biking, walking and climbing. He enjoys serving others and working with the staff team in the UK and abroad.
Joining Richmond in 2016, Debs brings her experience of accounts management, payroll, and finance to Richmond taking responsibility for both the day-to-day operations and long term financial planning. Debs ensures that our resort teams can get on with delivering outstanding holidays knowing that the resources are in the right place at the right time!
Holiday Consultant and HR Administrator
Sophie joined the Richmond UK team in October 2019. She graduated in 2015 from Bournemouth University with a degree in Tourism Management and since then has gained a wealth of experience in the industry. In addition to helping guests find their perfect holiday, she also takes responsibility for all the administration for our overseas Staff Teams, Ministry Leaders and Themed Week Leaders.
Head of Sales
With almost a decade of sales experience, Matt is extremely excited about aligning his faith and aspirations with the vision of Richmond Holidays. His first taste of Richmond was as the Resort Rep in Samos in 2018 and has been eager to come back ever since.
Now, as part of the team, Matt will be focusing on new ways to reach the public to inform them of Richmond’s exciting portfolio.
Chalet Des Neiges
Lydia returns to The Alps this winter bringing her wealth of experience and unending passion for delivering outstanding experiences for Richmond guests whether their first or thirtieth holiday!
This year she going up in the world leading the team in Reberty Village and is especially excited about the new Learn To Ski week in March!
From Intern to Manager! Thomas was part of the 2014-15 Richmond Internship year where he not only developed his passion for Christian hospitality but also showed his natural leadership skills. He’s since managed the Samos waterfront and is now delighted to be working alongside his wife in Chalet Elise.
Having first been involved with Richmond as Resort Rep in Samos in 2018, Matt returns as the Resort Manager in 2020!
Having caught the Richmond bug, he now works in the UK office but we’re letting him flee the nest temporarily to ensure you have the best Samos holiday ever this summer.
Alison and Sheridan
As the sun sets on Alison’s nursing career a new opportunity dawns, managing the team in Reberty this summer. Supported by Sheridan, known to many Richmond guests for leading various themed weeks during the winter, they will be following in the footsteps of their daughter Katie, who worked two summer seasons in Reberty. Alison and Sheridan are looking forward to helping guests have a wonderful holiday in the stunning French Alps.
In 2007, combining his business skills with his passion for ministering to God’s people, Ben Turner established Richmond Holidays. With huge support from his wife, Clare, and their four children, the playroom was converted into an office and Ben embarked upon his dream job: providing Christian holidays to bless and encourage thousands of people through great ministry during superb times away.
Ben loved investing in the staff teams, which led to the development of the Richmond Internship programme. Ben also cared about each and every guest, even attending many weddings of those who first met on a Richmond holiday! Having run Richmond Holidays with passion and incredible commitment for 7 years until 2014, he and Clare committed the business to new ownership. Adam Playfair, who at this stage had spent 5 years learning from Ben and was the Operations Manager, now took the lead.
After a shorter than expected battle with leukaemia, Ben died at the end of November 2019. His thanksgiving service, in a packed church in the Cotswolds, was a testimony to the much-loved man that Ben was. He is sorely missed, however, as a man with a talent and passion for musical worship, he will be singing and celebrating eternal life with his saviour Jesus. The legacy of love, joy, Christ-centredness and of course, Christian holidays, that he leaves behind lives on.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
Romans 8 v 28-29