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A little about Waterways Holidays Limited
Established in 2001 and incorporated in 2003, Waterways Holidays is a family owned and operated business specialising in boating holidays throughout the UK and selected areas of Europe. All of our team are experienced boaters and are happy to provide friendly impartial advice on choosing your perfect boating holiday.
We can offer you a choice of over 1,600 boats from over 80 different UK start locations on the canals & rivers of England, Scotland & Wales as well as the Norfolk Broads.
Based in Aldershot, North Hampshire we act as a central booking office on behalf of most of the major UK boating holiday operators and your booking is always direct with each operator at the direct booking price.
Meet the Team
Nigel (Managing Director)
Nigel joined Waterways Holidays in 2003 after a number of years as a Company Director of a major international telecoms company and before that as General Manager of a large Japanese consumer & business electronics manufacturer.
He has sailed & raced a variety of dinghies all his life as well as crewing in a transatlantic yacht race aboard a 70 foot ocean racer. He enjoys combining his passion for all types of boating with ensuring the design and smooth running of Waterways Holidays web & IT systems to make choosing a boating holiday as easy and enjoyable as possible.
Lesley (Company Director)
Lesley manages our booking team and the general office administration. She is joint owner of Waterways Holidays with Co Director Nigel & in her spare time is a keen narrowboater and enjoys sailing on the Norfolk Broads.
Lesley took her first family boating holiday over 20 years ago on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, which runs through the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Despite it raining for the whole week, Lesley says that she was hooked from the first moment aboard and has since enjoyed many boating holidays throughout the UK.
Gemma (Marketing Manager)
After graduating at Birmingham University, Gemma has undergone training with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and now manages all the Waterways Holidays advertising and marketing activities as well as remaining a very active member of our boating holidays booking team.
Gemma loves boating and has taken many boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads and canals which she says helps to give an understanding of what types of information customers are looking for when considering their first boating holiday or looking to broaden their experience.
Trudi (Customer Service & Web Inventory)
Following a number of years working overseas in the travel industry, Trudi is now the most senior member of our booking team as well as being the most experienced narrowboater with numerous trips each year across the length and breadth of the canal network. Trudi has also taken a number of holidays aboard cruisers on the Norfolk Broads and hopes to try sailing soon.
In addition to using her boating experiences to advise customers on suitable holidays, Trudi maintains all of the boat details, layout plans and cruising guides on our website.
Dawn (Customer Service & Accounts)
Dawn is also an experienced boater and has enjoyed many holidays on both the Norfolk Broads and canals. This means that like the rest of the team, she is able to offer impartial advice on all aspects of choosing your first or next boating holiday.
In addition to assisting holiday customers, Dawn spends the rest of her time managing all aspects of our accounts using her experience gained whilst running her own business prior to joining the Waterways Holidays team.
Abbie (Customer Service & Online Marketing)
After graduating from Surrey University, Abbie joined the Waterways Holidays customer service team. She uses her media training to help promote boating holidays through each of our social media pages including maintaining our Facebook page, Blog and online boating holiday articles.
Since joining Waterways Holidays, Abbie has become a keen boater and enjoys nothing more than sharing her enthusiasm for boating holidays with our customers.
Oscar (Cabin Boy & Doggie Lifejacket Tester)
Oscar (the mini Dachshund) takes his role very seriously and is frequently to be found diving into the UK rivers & canals to test the latest canine lifesaving fashionwear. When not testing lifejackets, Oscar enjoys all types of boating, but he is particularly keen on narrowboating as the long thin shape of the boats reminds him of his best Dachshund friend called 'Badger'.