Meet The Team
Ann Frampton Director of Action for Charity & Dream Challenges

Ann co-founded Action for Charity in 1999 after ten very successful years working in the charity sector. Ann continues to have the same energy and enthusiasm as the day she started Action for Charity. She has proved that you are never too old to think about taking on new challenges in life whether it be a trek, cycle or team challenge. Ann is very proud that she has inspired thousands of men and women from across the UK to take up challenges all around the world.

She has also completed the London Marathon, cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End and in 2008 joined Ben Fogle on one of his Extreme Dream challenges in Peru, which was filmed by the BBC.

Her favourite event is Cycle Cuba as she loves the music, dancing and cocktails (and the cycling of course!)

Calum Frampton Director of Action for Charity & Dream Challenges

Calum joined Action for Charity in 2003 after completing his Business Studies degree and is responsible for the marketing and promotion of our challenges. If you signed up for a challenge after receiving a letter or e-mail or saw an advert - you can hold Calum responsible!

Calum is a keen footballer in his spare time, although will be the first to admit he is well past it now! He has travelled extensively both on Action for Charity challenges and in his free time. His favourite event is Cycle India - great people, great food and fascinating culture.

Mike Hughson Director of Dream Challenges

Mike has 15 years senior level experience working for charities. It is this experience that provides him with an understanding of challenge events from the charity's perspective. He has vast experience in developing new event ideas and has project managed numerous fundraising challenge events.

Mike is a very keen trekker and his interest in travel has taken him all over the world. Mike also has a passion for rugby and after hanging up his boots he became heavily involved in coaching and mentoring junior players. In 2006 Mike organised a tour to South Africa and was instrumental in raising £35K to fund the trip, which included a £10K donation to township schools and junior rugby teams in the region.

Susan McKeag Operations Manager Action for Charity

Susan joined Action for Charity in 2006 after working in media management within the yacht racing industry for some 15 years. During that time she travelled extensively around the world. She is the main point of contact for participants on all Action for Charity challenges. In the unlikely event that she doesn't have an immediate answer to a query she soon will have being the Google queen! Susan is passionate about cooking (and eating) and is a very keen skier with Canada being her favourite destination.

Abigail Harvey Finance Manager

Abigail has worked for Action for Charity from the very start and is our longest serving member of staff. Abigail is responsible for processing all of the charitable funds (£11 million to date!) and also manages the company's finances.

In her spare time Abigail is a keen runner and in 2007 she completed the London Marathon in a very respectable time, in the process she raised a substantial amount of money for the spinal injury charity REGAIN.

Chrissy Sutton Operations Assistant Action for Charity

Chrissy joined Action for Charity in January 2015 after working in the holiday industry. Before this she studied Outdoor Adventure at college and became qualified to teach and run sessions in Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Canoeing, Walking and Snowboarding. Chrissy is a keen snowboarder and skier and likes to get away to the slopes every year. She has completed the London to Brighton Cycle ride multiple times and has recently taken up running and completed her first half marathon. In the evenings she enjoys to cook and try out new recipes. With eating her favourite past time it’s a good job she’s sporty!

Hannah Bailey Challenge Event Organiser Dream Challenges

Hannah is our newest member of staff. She has recently left college where she completed her A Levels, one of which was Travel and Tourism. She is a keen traveller and has visited many countries. Whilst on her travels she has experienced a range of cultures as well as participating in activities such as Zip lining, abseiling, skiing and snorkelling. In her spare time she enjoys walking in the new forest. 

 

 

Haylie Wells Challenge Event Organiser Dream Challenges

Most recent member of staff, Haylie joined DC in April 2013.  Originally from South Africa, she brings with her 14 years of travel experience working in both airline & travel agency environments.  She has had the privilege of travelling to various destinations and ‘lucky’ enough to have lived in Ireland for several years.  Haylie loves the great outdoors – especially when the sun is shining – with walking as her greatest passion.  She prefers ‘the road less travelled’ in rural and natural environments.  She has trekked in the Sinai desert in Egypt, with a special fondness and peacefulness for the desert she aims to add the Sahara & Kalahari to her destinations list in the future.  If she is not walking, she is juggling a bustling lifestyle but finds time to relax with good movie or music!

 

Sophie Barnes Challenge Event Organiser Dream Challenges

Sophie joined Action for Charity and Dream Challenges in June 2014, after completing a degree in Sport and Social Sciences at the University of Bath.

Sophie spent a year of her degree working for an events company and travelling around New Zealand. She enjoys an outdoor and adventurous lifestyle. Whether this is climbing Mount Cook in New Zealand, kayaking in the English Channel, cycling in the New Forest, or skydiving from 16500 feet; she is ready for the experience!

 

Carol Pelzers Challenge Event Leader

Carol loves the great outdoors and has been following her dream by working for Action for Charity since 2010.  Carol has lots of previous experience as a professional walking guide in Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the Alps.  Also, leading charity bike rides in China, Thailand, Kenya and India.  Carol graduated in 1991 from Breda University with a degree in international tourism and has subsequently worked in a broad range of managerial, organisational, sales, and human resources positions in the travel, conference, and hospitality industries.   She is an absolute people person and enjoys helping participants fulfil their exciting challenges in every corner of this amazing and wonderful planet.  

Damon Blackband Challenge Event Leader

Damon has been guiding in the mountains for over 24 years. He has trekked climbed and cycled all over the World and has climbed to over 5000m more than 30 times. He has climbed more than 40 of the Alpine 4000m peaks and has made dozens of ascents of popular peaks including Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Elbrus and Toubkal, as well as numerous treks to Everest Base Camp and throughout the European Alps.

Damon loves all aspects of the great outdoors and is never happier than when battling the elements on a Scottish Munro or cycling to Paris into a punishing headwind.

Eleni Readman Challenge Event Leader

Eleni has worked on Charity events since 2011 and since then has been involved in a large variety of roles across the event spectrum, from crewing on London to Paris’s, Reccying routes assisting and leading treks and cycles across the Uk and overseas. She loves being able to help participants achieve their goals on the challenges and simply to meet such inspirational and strong individuals. Eleni is half Greek and has always had a passion for travel. She is always looking out for the next adventure. Choosing a favourite destination is too difficult as every challenge comes with its own individual special moments and every one is so different.

Jess Burkey Challenge Event Leader

Jess has joined us recently but has been leading expeditions for quite a few years now. One of her favourite destinations is the Sahara desert, but she has also taken groups up Kilimanjaro and Toubkal, around Mt. Blanc, over the Sierra Nevada and down into the Grand Canyon. A keen cyclist, she also enjoys participating in and helping out at cycle events both home and abroad. Most weekends, however, will find her underground - climbing, swimming, crawling and wriggling through caves.
Miriam Zumpolle Challenge Event Leader

A dutch woman transplanted in Italy since 1972, multi language and travelling  and exploring the world as a hobby from a  very young age.

Worked in  tourism since ’72 but started with the  cycling and trekking tours  since beginning 2000.  Sports always a priority in life, such as  fieldhockey, running, cycling, mountainhikes, sailing  etc.

Lead many events of all kinds in many unknown and hidden corners of the world but only and solely for charities being the only events where participants have other priorities compared to the conventional tourist travel.  

 

Theo Peeters Challenge Event Leader

After spontaneously deciding to cross the length of Africa on his bike (twice!) and 1 year trekking across South America, Theo realised that the outdoors would always be part of him. He is a qualified teacher with an MA in Psychological Coaching, speaks 6 languages and has a competitive sporting and coaching background. Theo has been leading biking and hiking events in remote corners of the world for more than 20 years and sees deserts and mountains as his favourite terrain. He takes a particular interest in assisting participants to cross personal thresholds and expand their boundaries. A father of three, Theo currently divides his life between leading outdoor challenges, his family, and life coaching.
Dawa Geljen Sherpa Challenge Event Leader

Dawa is our challenge leader in Nepal. He is a qualified mountaineering guide and has been leading treks and expeditions for over 25 years. Born in Lukla, Dawa has an impressive climbing record in the Himalaya including expeditions to Everest. Being a local, Dawa has extensive knowledge of the areas we trek through so you will be assured of a warm welcome wherever you stay.

Dawa is a trustee of Classrooms in the Clouds - a project we have the opportunity to visit on our Everest Base Camp Trek.

Helen Littlejohn Challenge Event Leader

Helen first gained a taste for travel and expeditions during the early 1990's, leading conservation groups, adventure holidays and more recently for the Duke of Edinburgh award. She has travelled extensively, visiting almost 40 countries on 5 continents. Tibet, Morocco and New Zealand rate amongst her favourite destinations.

As a qualified mountain leader, she brings an impressive CV of qualifications to the role and a love of the outdoors. When not leading groups she enjoys kayaking, cycling, sailing and open water swimming near her home on the south coast.

Dr Julia Martin Expedition Medical Consultant

Julia has provided medical support on over thirty charity challenges since 2000. These include a mix of trekking and cycling events in a variety of environments from deserts to high altitude mountain trips. Julia has cycled in places such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Namibia and has trekked to Everest Base Camp and reached the top of Kilimanjaro. Her favourite challenge though has to be the Patagonia trek.

When Julia isn't globetrotting she splits her time between general practice and hospital work.

 

Dr Sneh Khemka Challenge Doctor

Dr Sneh Khemka (left) qualified from Edinburgh medical school in 1999 and has since gone on to pursue a number of interests both in and out of medicine. He qualified as a surgeon in 2004 and throughout his career Sneh has been working as an expedition medic for a variety of companies and charitable organisations.

He has been involved in an array of trips, ranging from cycling across Mexico, Cuba and Vietnam to trekking the Inca Trail and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. He has also worked on husky trails in Lapland and horse treks in Mongolia.

In other roles he has worked for the British Diplomatic Service and you may have seen him working as a TV doctor. Sneh is one of our event doctors and looks forward to meeting you on future challenges. 

James Hardy Trek Leader

James organises and leads the training weekends for our overseas trekking challenges.

James has been involved in caving expeditions in central America and has travelled extensively in Asia, South America, Europe and Africa. His highlights have been climbing Kilimanjaro, walking across the Rift Valley with Masai tribesman, the Galapagos and dog sledding in the Arctic Circle.

His other interests include horse riding and photography.

Trish Cowie Cycle Training Event Coordinator

Trish became involved with Action for Charity after taking part in a number of our challenge events around the world. In the process she raised several thousands of pounds for a number of excellent causes.

Trish is a qualified risk assessor and first responder as well as an accomplished cyclist. She coordinates all our cycle training weekends and is also an important member of our UK adventure challenge event support team.

Trish is currently in training to take on our first Women V Cancer cycle challenge in Kenya to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

Ed Sadler Cycle Training Event Support Team

Ed is a key part of our cycling training weekend team. He is our lead cyclist for the weekends and a fantastic bike mechanic. He is a bike junkie and will offer you some excellent cycling tips over your training weekend. He will also be more than happy to adjust your bike for you so it is set up to maximise your efficency.

In his spare time Ed loves to cycle and often enters competitions. He has also taken part in many charity bike rides (some dressed as a gorilla!)

Reg Cycle Training Event Support Team

Reg and his trusty red van have become a big part of our cycling training weekends! Reg drives our support vehicle for the training weekends, marks the junctions for us and he has become a bit of a legend in the process!

In all seriousness Reg is key to the success of our training weekends and participants are often very disappointed to hear that Reg and his red van won't be going on their challenge!

 
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