Meet our Team

Helen Thacker - Managing Director

I love my job, I never stop learning.  I am the sponge for information in
the office I read about everything, as travel moves so quickly there is
always something new happening.


I have been cruising for over 35 years and seen the face of cruise ships
change dramatically from the stuffy dinner suit clad passengers, to now
where there is a cruise to suit all. I feel if you get the right clients on
the right ships, they are hooked for life and  my new love is river cruising.


You change over the years from what you enjoy in a holiday. Therefore my best destinations have changed for the same reasons I loved
Florida, Mauritius and Skiing in Villar, Switzerland when my boys were young,
now they have flown the nest my favourites are much more scenic places  like Budapest and the Danube  and Norway. I love the luxury and really nice food, as I have been spoilt with the wonderful places and ships I have


I love booking peoples dreams!

Marie Almond - Office Manager

I have been in travel 18 years , and it’s wonderful to say I learn something everyday. Travel is my passion and all I have ever wanted to do. I have been so fortunate in my career being a part of the Hops Travel team. I have visited places that I use to dream about. The Garden Route of South Africa to the cobbled streets of San Juan, the Southern Sounds of New Orleans to the beaches of the Caribbean.

Ralph Thacker - Senior Travel Consultant

I have a worked in the travel industry for the past four years.


I have been
in the French alps for three years running luxury chalets. I have now come
back home and am working in the family business.


I have been very lucky to
have travelled the world from cruising around the Mediterranean or long
beach holidays in Mauritius.


Travelling the world is my passion and making
peoples’ dream holidays come true is equally as rewarding! 

Lisa Moore - Senior Travel Consultant

I have been in travel my whole working life & have loved every minute of it!


I have a real passion for travel & have been so fortunate to visit so many amazing places. From luxury holidays in the Maldives to back packing holidays around Asia, cruising the Mediterranean to party capitals of Ibiza & city breaks in Italy.


I find It exciting booking people their dream holiday & using my knowledge from my own trips to help find the perfect holiday.


Asia is my favourite; I have been lucky to tour for over 11 weeks in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China & the Philippines! And there is still so much more on my list!


One of my highlights was hiking & camping on the great wall of china!