Braeside is owned and run by Steve Tabley and his two sons Rupert and Joshua. In its truest sense Braeside is a family run company, and we include all of our staff and stakeholders in that number.
Take a look at our staff members below, who are always here to help!
Natasha Aiston - Operations Manager
Natasha started at Braeside in 2014. She has a real passion and love for the centre and hopes this is reflected in her work. She loves organising all aspects of Braeside life!
Natasha is a mum of 3, including twins. This is one reason you may always find a coffee in her hand!
Favourite Quote: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” – Albus Dumbledore
Direct Line: 01380 583013
Vicki Sandell - Administrative Assistant
Vicki joined Braeside in 2022 after a 12-year journey within the childcare industry. Vicki is Mum to her daughter Millie, who is very jealous of her working at Braeside!
Favourite quote: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. – Winnie the pooh!
Direct Line: 01380 583014
Josh Simons - Head of Instructing and Activities
Josh started at Braeside in 2018 after 2 years of freelance work for the centre. His love for outdoor Education started back in 2001 as a 10-year-old when he came to Braeside for a 3-day residential trip with his secondary school. Since then, he studied at Lackham college and complete a diploma in outdoor adventure sports. Going on to work at many center’s across the UK and France, building up knowledge and qualification in teaching a wide range of activities.
His main hobbies outside of work are climbing and cycling.
Favourite Quote: “I’m not lost I’m exploring”.
Direct Line: 01380 583016
Joe Gregory - Senior Outdoor Activity Instructor
Joe started his love of adventure at 12 years of age, initially with kayaking and later on found his love for mountain walking and climbing. He has enjoyed having the opportunity to take his hobby all across Europe.
Then, when given the opportunity, he turned his hobby in to his full time career. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance?!
10 years on and still loving working outside and running activities for all kinds of groups.
Favourite Quote: “A rising tide, lifts all boats”
Cam Hackett - Outdoor Activity Instructor
Cam enjoys all areas of outdoor education and has freelanced at Braeside on many occasions before permanently joining the team in 2021.
Outside of work you will usually find him on the rugby pitch.
Favourite Quote: “All the talent in the world won’t take you anywhere without your teammates” . Rugby anonymous quote.
Dan Colby - Outdoor Activity Instructor
Dan has always loved the outdoors and adventure sports.
He started kayaking and racing in 2011 and hasn’t stopped since. He also spends a lot of his free time as a volunteer coach at the local canoe club. Not only has Dan become an award winning coach but also has taken part in the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe race several times, Dan doesn’t shy away from a challenge!
Favourite quote: “Don’t limit your challenges, Challenge your limits”
Sam Connor - Outdoor Activity Instructor
Sam has been in the outdoor world since he was 9 as a cub scout and has grown up learning and loving the environment.
Now he teaches and supports others , whilst continuing to learn more about the outside world.
If not on a Braeside activity then you can find Sam Scouting in the local area, or exploring the UK Outdoors such as Yorkshire three peaks and several mountains including Snowdon & Scafell Pike.
Favourite Quote: No one can pass through life, any more than anyone can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks can often be helpful to those coming after them in finding their way.
Katarina Kollarikova- Catering Manager
Katarina has worked within the catering industry her whole life and flew all the way from Slovakia (1315 km), just to cook for Braeside. Cooking and baking fills her with joy, especially when others enjoy it.
Josh Hatton - Catering Supervisor
Josh has always had a passion for cooking, performing arts and technology. He uses all of these skills to be a multi diverse member of our team. You can mainly find him in the kitchen, but also creating fabulous displays as seen in our 2020 Christmas Trail!
Favourite Quote: “Don’t count the days, make the days count”.
Angela Lucas - Catering Assistant
Angie started work at Braeside in March 2023 after working within the hospitality industry.
At the age of 50 she learnt to kayak and overcome her fear of the river and loved it!
Favourite Quote: “Never stop being you, you are enough”
Andy Langton - Catering Assistant
Andy was born in Burbage and has been at Braeside since 2010.
Andy enjoys watching football and keeping fit and spending time with family.
Favourite Quote: “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light” . Aristotle.
Lisa Jones - Housekeeping Manager
Lisa was born and raised in Devizes and joined us in 2016 as a housekeeper.
When she is not here cleaning she enjoys family time and long country walks.
Favourite Quote: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – …
Keith Proudfoot - Caretaker
Keith, also known as KP, started Braeside in 1998. He is responsible for room preparation for schools and conferences. He enjoys using his skills to help with the repairs and maintenance of the property. He has a huge depth of knowledge on Braeside and is our go to man to fix just about everything!
He enjoys walking in his spare time.
Favourite quote: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why” (Mark Twain)
Jackie Green - Housekeeper
Experienced housekeeper who started at Braeside in March 2000.
Diane Scott - Housekeeper
Diane recently started as a housekeeper at Braeside in April 2022, after working within the industry for many years. Di has bought a bubbly and friendly personality to Braeside.
In her spare time she takes interest in wildlife, including her KOI, tropical fish and parrot – peanuts!
Favourite Quote: ‘Don’t worry – Di will do it’
Steve Tabley - Director
Steve is a local boy from Chippenham. His background in running education and activity centres stretches back to 1986 when he founded Kids Klub Activity Holidays.
Favourite quote: “There are no problems, only solutions” (anon)
Mobile: 07774 180050
Rupert Tabley - Director
Rupert practiced as a financial advisor before joining Steve and Josh in 2014. He lives in Devizes with his young family and enjoys golf and mountain biking in his spare time.
Favourite quote: “Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday” (Dale Carnegie)
Joshua Tabley - Director
Josh has been working in the activity and educational holiday industry most of his life.
In his spare time he enjoys breaking and fixing things.
Favourite quote: “Try anything once and twice if you like it”
Mobile: 07888 736768
Before she joined the family business, Gaja was a high school economics and English teacher. Her passion has always been interior design and Braeside has given her the opportunity to release her inner designer!
Favourite Quote: “Happiness is a choice” R.T.Bennett