Meet the Team

Select is a name in school travel packed with experience

Select School Travel

The Select family is incorporated under the banner of Select School Travel and includes the Château du Baffy (which is exclusive to Select), Select School Tours (offering educational tours to Europe and beyond) and Select School Skiing (with a wide range of winter sports trips to European and North American ski resorts).

Founders

Local Travel Advisors

Ian Foxall

Ian Foxall

Commercial Director & Local Travel Advisor

I have been involved in school travel since 1999, working with a number of market leading operators. Over the past 17 years, no two days have been the same, continually learning about and delivering the support our group leaders need from their operator partner in order to prepare and deliver the best possible itineraries.

Having worked for a number of larger school tour operators over the past 20 years, I appreciate the difference at SST. The best thing about my work is meeting teachers who share the desire for young people to explore and experience new things. The highlight of my day is when a returning group says, thank you for your advice - it was an amazing trip!

I have worked within school travel since 1999 and haven’t looked back since. It’s such a pleasure to talk to a party leader about their plans, many of whom I have been seeing for 17 years now, and often learn something new myself, such as an event in history or a new place to visit, information I can then pass on to other teachers.

The team we have at SST place a high value on providing the best service, quality and value for our customers, and we have been able to incorporate this into every aspect of what we do. I love building relationships with party leaders in the South West and helping to make their experience of taking a school trip abroad personalised and stress-free!

I have vast experience working in the travel, teaching and educational publishing sectors, including over fifteen years teaching English, French and performing arts. When teaching, I gained experience leading educational tours for students, so have a good understanding from both sides, along with first-hand knowledge of USA, Canada and Greece.

I've enjoyed over 20 years experience in the travel and tourism industry, living and working mainly abroad. Some of that time has been working in ski resorts, some in school travel, as well as teaching. I feel I can thoroughly understand the needs from the party leader's perspective. I'm really looking forward to sharing my knowledge and working within this great team at SST.

Having worked for over 20 years within school travel, I am now absolutely delighted to be a part of this experienced SST team. I’ve been fortunate enough to have skied and visited many of our destinations and look forward to passing on my knowledge. I’ve always enjoyed the interaction with my group leaders and love hearing the success stories on their return.

I have been involved in the travel industry most of my working life and have spent the last 10 years primarily within School Travel.
I still get excited about each and every booking. I am passionate about travel, visiting new destinations and learning about different cultures. It gives me great satisfaction playing a part (big or small,) helping school groups achieve the best possible experience.

Contracting

Fortunate to have spent a good number of years based in the French Alps, as well as several years overseeing school group ski operations in Italy and Austria – I am excited to be part of Select School Travel and look forward to working with a great network of overseas suppliers and staff to ensure our groups have a fantastic experience.

Operations

Since 2000 I’ve worked across educational & mainstream tour operations, overseas and in the UK. As Mum of 2, I know it’s a monumental responsibility for schools to take their children further than the playground and I’m proud to lead the team of Select Tour Coordinators in delivering a quality, timely and fuss-free tour coordinating service to all our Party Leaders.

I started working in school travel in 2003 and have since enjoyed getting to know a wide range of destinations both in the mountains and around the world for educational tours. I love planning and organising operational aspects for trips to make them run a smoothly as possible, but mostly to hear stories from the groups on their return!

It is exciting to be part of a thriving company that has specialist staff with an extensive knowledge and understanding of how the school travel industry works. The company is growing fast and we’re getting glowing feedback from our groups. I love to read the positive emails, praising our staff members for their efficiency and professionalism.

Iceland is my specialist destination and I love tailor-making tours and advising party leaders about the fantastic excursions on offer and what works best. I also co-ordinate trips to Italy, Spain, Greece and Northern Ireland. Excellent customer care is crucial in our sector - at SST we understand relationships are at the heart of what we do.

Having started in the educational tours industry in 2006, I’ve been lucky enough to spend 10 years sharing my passion for travel. If I had to choose my favourite destination I would say Normandy; it’s such a special place for school groups, and in the Chateau du Baffy we have a wonderful base that mirrors the history and culture of the local area.

I have a range of experience working in positions across the ski industry, from President of Sussex University Ski Club to working as a ski Duty Manager in Japan. My favourite part of working in school travel is representing groups in the mountains where you see the students enjoying all the work that goes towards producing a successful trip.

I look after the groups from confirmation stage until they have returned safely back to the UK and no two groups are ever the same. Seeing the high level of repeat bookings shows that at Select School Travel the difference really is experience. Our commitment to making sure the trips are as successful and educational as possible is our number one priority.

I began working in school travel in 2012, on my placement year at Uni. From working in Product Development, researching new inspirational opportunities and exploring their curricular benefits, to coordinating tours at SST, I love how school travel enables me to utilise my creative side whilst working with teachers to develop unique itineraries.

Having skied for over 20 years across dozens of resorts I bring my passion for skiing to my work at Select. The attraction of the travel industry for me is having the opportunity to provide an unforgettable experience for customers, working at Select I am fortunate to be part of a passionate, customer-service focused team who deliver time and again such a service.

Select Partners

Ski Club of Great Britain

Ski Club of Great Britain

Approved School Ski Partner with Select

Approved School Ski Partner with the Ski Club of Great Britain, a respected organisation established in 1903. With the roots of our company deep in the history of the school ski industry, we appreciate the value of partnering with the well-respected Ski Club of Great Britain, who share our great passion and enthusiasm for skiing.