About us

Every one of us realises that we are responsible for creating lifetime memories

Edwin Doran Sports Tours is the leading organiser of quality sports tours throughout the world, with offices in London, Manchester, Cape Town and Pretoria, and partners in Australia, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Middle East and the Far East.
Wherever you’d like to train or play and no matter where you are, with Edwin Doran Sports Tours the world really is your oyster - we’ve taken Australians to Argentina, Chileans to New Zealand and Kiwis to the USA!

Meet the team

Our dedicated team of front-line staff offer extensive knowledge, innovative touring ideas and a personal approach to the world of sport.
Steve Ludnow
Managing Director
I've been a worldwide specialist tour operator for over 20 years and I have never been prouder than I am here, leading our fantastic worldwide team at EDST. My introduction to the group, and specifically school travel, started when I lived and worked in mainland Europe for over 10 years... Read more
Toby Douglas
Head of Sales - South
I’ve been in the industry now for over 12 years and been lucky enough to see a huge amount of people return from some pretty spectacular tours. I still remember my first tour in 1995 to Australia with Edwin Doran and since then touring has become part of my life. I now... Read more


Jamie Anthony
Jamie Anthony
Head of Sales - North
Starting life under a banana tree in the Bahamas, then growing up in Lincolnshire, I’ve been used to travelling from a very young age. I studied sport at Leeds Metropolitan University and played rugby there and for Leeds Carnegie. I then worked for local authorities... Read more
Neil Rayer 
Sales Director 

I have now worked in the schools sports travel market for over TWENTY years - having started as a young and enthusiastic sales executive back in 1998 - how time flies by when you are having fun!

Before embarking on a... Read more


Tom Brown 
Head of Operations & Projects

I have been working in travel for about 10 years and I have been extremely lucky to have set foot on all continents including Antarctica. I am a sports nut and if I am not playing it then I am watching it. My first passion was rugby until a shoulder injury made me call... Read more

Sam Ash
Sam Ash
Operations Manager

Having recently graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in Sports Management I was only ever going to work within the sports industry. Edwin Doran seemed like the perfect company for me to take my first step on the career ladder. I have been lucky enough... Read more

Andrew Loughlin, Sales Director
Andrew Loughlin
Sales Manager

I’m a self-confessed sports nut, still playing rugby in my fourth decade. Originally from County Tyrone in Ireland, my sports degree from Cardiff set me on a career that seems to have taken me around the world 80 times. I head our northern office, based in Cheadle in Manchester... Read more

Nick Fearon, Sales Manager
Nick Fearon
Sales Manager
I had a good Geordie schooling (though only in rugby and cricket as I did little else!) before heading south to Chester to earn a 'Desmond' (2.2) in Sports Science and Geography. I took a year out to play rugby in Canada, New Zealand and Oz before becoming a... Read more
Viv Ziar
Sales Manager
I first joined the Edwin Doran sales team in 2008 and following a stint in IT and project management, I’m delighted to have rejoined the team! I have been very fortunate to be able to travel the world during my time in both jobs over the past nine years and taken some extended... Read more
Jon Chowney
Sales Manager

I joined Edwin Doran in September 2014 as Sales Coordinator and moved to Sales executive in 2015.

Sport and travel are two passions of mine and being able to combine the two is great! Sport has always... Read more

Craig Bones 
Sales Manager

I have been in the Sports and Educational Travel Industry since 1999 and have had a fantastic journey taking me to many parts of the world and meeting some wonderful people.

My main sport is Rugby and... Read more

Steve Avery
Sales Manager

Since a very young age sport has always been a large part of my life either as a player, spectator or coach. After completing a degree at Writtle College, I spent 2 years in Canada coaching football at College and senior level. This was a great experience where I met... Read more

Tom Parfett
Tom Parfett
Sales Executive
From my first ever football tour to Holland as an U10 I have loved combining sports and travel ever since. I have studied French at university and have worked within PE departments in the UK and coached Cricket, Football and Skiing... Read more


Fiona Turnbull
Contracts and Health & Safety Manager

I have worked all my life in travel but was very lucky to work overseas for 12 years with First Choice Holidays and then with TUI Travel. I started off as a Holiday Representative prior to moving over to Health & Safety.

Beth Aston 
Operations Manager

From a young age I have always been involved in sport, I have represented my county in both swimming and netball and played various sports growing up. I continued playing netball through University and after recently relocating to the Midlands, I am now looking for a... Read more

Luke Joyce 
Operations Manager 

Born and raised In County Durham I joined the team in October 2015 as a Tour Operator and moved into the position of Senior Tour Operator in July 2017. Sport has always been my main passion having played football from a young age plying my trade for Durham County before... Read more

Kate Asani
Tour Operator

Born in Livingstone at Victoria Falls, Zambia, I then grew up in Botswana and attended boarding school in the UK.

I have travelled quite a bit and enjoyed stints of living in the Middle East, Mexico, Hungary and The Cayman Islands... Read more


Josie Moore 
Senior Sales Coordinator 

I have been in the travel business since leaving University. Firstly, working in Austria where I was a Ski Instructor and Rep for First Choice & Skibound / Travelbound, before returning to the UK where I operated tours for a for a small school sports tour operator based in... Read more

Richard Morkel
Richard Morkel
Sales Coordinator
I was born and raised in Zimbabwe and studied Sport Management at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. I am hugely passionate about sport and following my experience as the Tour Manager of the St. John’s College Rugby Tour to the UK in 2016, I joined... Read more
Ben Walker
Sales Coordinator

Born and bred in Manchester, sport has always been my passion from playing football at Manchester City, playing school and club rugby in various finals, to playing cricket out in Australia for 6 months. Having graduated from Leeds Beckett in a Sports Coaching Degree... Read more

Nina Dunn 
Tour Operator 

I joined Edwin Doran in August 2017 as Tour Operator having worked in the Sports industry for around five years. Edwin Doran brings together my passion for sport and travel along with my expertise in planning and organisation. I have been lucky enough... Read more

Alex Green 
Tour Operator 

Since graduating from Southampton University with a degree in English Literature, I have worked mainly in the travel industry. I spent five years at Condé Nast Traveller magazine (four working as the Promotions Copy Editor) before taking an adult... Read more

Dezlin Vergotine, Tour Operator
Dezlin Vergotine
Tour Operator
Samantha Nelson 
Senior Tour Operator 

I joined the team in January 2014 after enduring 6 whole years at university finishing my undergraduate degree in sports coaching and continuing onto my Master’s degree also in sports coaching at University of Gloucestershire. Throughout the year I like to try my hand at... Read more

Peter Hodcroft 
Sales Specialist - Military & Cricket Tours

I started my career off in South Africa in Hospitality Management before moving to London, where work has taken me to destinations like the USA, Europe, Asia and UAE. As a South African, our sporting love is rugby and cricket, so I have been fortune to combine... Read more

I joined Gullivers in 2006 after 33½ years the Royal Air Force.  During my military career, I enjoyed 28 seasons as a player and official within Services cricket, culminating in Chairmanship of the RAF Cricket Association. I also organised 7 overseas tours – including ‘escorting’ the RAF... Read more


Jack Hollister
Sales Coordinator
Josh Short 
Tour Operator 
Anni Cummings
Sales Coordinator 
Amy Greenwood 
Sales Coordinator 
Ben de Vos 
Sales Coordinator 

Born and raised just outside Port Elizabeth, South Africa, I was exposed to sport from the outset, watching my dad play rugby and cricket, and trying out pretty much every sport which involves a ball, myself. Straight after matriculating, I took on an opportunity to play cricket... Read more

Tamryn Scheepers 
Tour Operator 

I was born and raised in South Africa, Johannesburg. Obtained a BA Sports Science and teaching degree at the University of Potchefstroom (North-West Province of South Africa). I immigrated to the UK two years ago to explore more sporting opportunities. Read more

Hailey Golding
Tour Operator 

Sport and events have always been two things I've been passionate about.  Having been a gymnast all my life, training in the GB team and qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic cycle, disaster in the form of injury struck, and I had to retire. So I took up kickboxing and... Read more