Meet Our Team

Diana Brighton

Events Manager

Diana joined Cultural Breaks at its inception in 2008. With her keen interest in British history, her writing skills and love of music and the arts it is no surprise that Diana was delighted to accept the position of Events Manager. With a passion for travel both overseas and in ‘this green and pleasant land’ she enjoys creating our holiday itineraries. She revels in finding places to visit and brochure writing because as she says, this is almost like being there.

Michelle Simpson

Events Manager 

Michelle joined our team in January 2015 as the Assistant Events Manager. She comes from an event organising and advertising background and enjoys travelling so is keen to create some exciting holidays for Cultural Breaks, finding new places to visit and writing about them in our brochures. Michelle is a keen theatregoer and can regularly be found in the West End, taking in a show.

Helen Baker

Senior Events Co-ordinator

Helen has been an invaluable asset to Cultural Breaks since joining us as a full time Events Co-ordinator in 2010. She sources and monitors hotel accommodation, takes telephone enquiries, holiday bookings, free membership enquiries and membership renewals and her friendly, helpful disposition makes her popular with everyone. Helen can often be seen on the Cultural Breaks stand at county fairs and exhibitions.

Jackie Harrison

Senior Events Co-ordinator

ackie joined the Cultural Breaks team in 2013. From a leisure services background she had organized day trips throughout Britain. She puts this and her expert administration skills to good use during the three days a week she spends with our team. Jackie answers telephone enquiries, takes holiday bookings and membership enquiries as well as organising day excursions and door to door cars for Cultural Breaks holidays.

Alvi Shaw

Tour Manager

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Alvi has been Tour Managing for fifteen years, firstly with Theatregoers, then Arts & Heritage and now for Cultural Breaks. She also organises and leads holidays for her local NADFAS Society in Henley on Thames. Alvi loves to travel, her interests are history and the arts and, luckily, she has a very tolerant husband and golden retriever!

Julia Stitt

Tour Manager

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Julia is a retired teacher and has worked for Cultural Breaks since the beginning. Prior to this she worked for The Arts and Heritage Club and the J G Theatre Club. She has wide ranging interests including an extensive knowledge of the history of art and is a regular theatregoer. Julia loves opera and the ballet and is a frequent visitor to Covent Garden and Glyndebourne.

Shirley Arber

Tour Manager

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Shirley was a Tour Manager for Arts & Heritage for 4 years before joining Cultural Breaks. For 20 years she has run the theatre and classical music groups for Phyllis Court Club in Henley on Thames. She has also for the past 9 years run day visits for the Henley Decorative and Fine Arts Society visiting Stately Homes, Art Exhibitions, Gardens, London Walks and anything involving or connected generally with decorative and fine arts.

June Walden

Tour Manager

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June was a secretary in the UK and Sweden, Tour Manager for Epsom Racecourse Derby Day Experience Tours and District Sales Advisor for the Ambassador Theatre Group before joining Cultural Breaks in 2008 as Area Manager for Sutton day excursions. She still does this combined with accompanying holidays in her role as Tour Manager. With great sense of fun and a passion for people, theatre and travel June thoroughly enjoys her work with Cultural Breaks.

Carol Butcher

Tour Manager

Carol has travelled extensively, living and working in South Africa, New York and Sydney. Her in-depth knowledge of London came from working for the Director of Tourism at the London Tourist Board. She loves researching new destinations for her groups and sharing her passion for our heritage, theatre, culture and the arts. Her hobbies are walking, history and wine. She has just written a children’s book, The Hugging Bears, inspired by a statue in Kensington Gardens.

Susan Simmons

Tour Manager 

Sue joined the Cultural Breaks team in August 2016 as one of our tour managers. She spent seven years in the catering industry followed by twenty eight years in the leisure industry and has recently retired. Sue lives in Orpington and her hobbies include bridge, walking and tennis, she also loves holidays and travelling. Sue is a very organised and motivated individual, who enjoys meeting new people and keeps herself very busy and is always up for a challenge.

Jim & Pauline Gibbons

Tour Managers

Jim & Pauline are delighted to have joined the Cultural Breaks team in July 2016. Their interests are vast and amongst other things include history, music, walking, sport and travelling and they enjoy visiting new places in the UK and abroad. They are also lovers of the Theatre and Arts and can often be found in London at the Royal Albert Hall or the Royal Opera House. They are active members of the U3A and WI and particularly enjoy the London Studies groups.

Rosemary Tosdevin

Tour Manager

Rosemary has been with Cultural Breaks since 2008 as Area Manager for Ruislip, organising and accompanying day excursions from points in and around that locality. Before joining Cultural Breaks, Rosemary accompanied excursions for the Arts & Heritage Club. Rosemary lives in Ickenham where she enjoys gardening, walking, theatre, travel and working for ‘Butterflies’ a local children’s charity.

Dave Roberts

IT Design & Marketing

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As IT Manager, Dave is responsible for all activities to do with computers including the design and management of our website and with his knowledge of design principles he produces all Cultural Breaks’ holiday brochures, excursion leaflets and magazine advertisements. Very few can drag Dave away from his computer when engrossed in his work, except one, laying at his feet, his boxer dog Cooper who always needs ‘walkies’.

Mr Coops

Office Boxer Dog

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Spends most of the day sleeping out the back or keeping watch in the shop. His favourite destinations are the sea down at Whitstable or the woods in Chislehurst 

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