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Meet The Team


Kate - Manager / Buyer

An inspiration to all mountain warriors. 25+ years experience in the industry, there's nothing Kate doesn't know about the outdoors. She lives and breathes adventure, often found sleeping on the hill more than in her own bed.

Expertise: Wild Camping, Caving & Mountaineering

Favourite Spot: Coniston Fells

Top Tip: Always be prepared!

T: 01539 528529 | E:


Sheila - Web Manager

The engine behind The Epicentre! Sheila is tucked away in the office keeping our website, stock and deliveries in check. Often spotted underneath a mountain of paperwork.

Favourite Spot: The Apple Pie Bakery

Top Tip: Never underestimate the power of a spreadsheet!

T: 01539 528520 | E:


Gillie - Supervisor

New to The Epicentre, yet no stranger within the Bradshaw Taylor family. Experienced, optimistic and courageous ... She's the real deal when it comes to adventure. Unsure about where to go in the Lakes? ... Gillie's got your back!

Expertise: Fell Running, Cycling & Rock Climbing

Greatest Achievement: Completing an Iron Man Triathalon

Favourite Kit: Arc'teryx Atom Hoody


Craig - Supervisor

Although having bravely escaped the shackles of a certain outdoor kingpin (no names), we're positive that Craig has enough energy and enthusiasm left to still chat kit! If you're ever unsure about Ruffwear, look no further as his sidekick Charlie-dog has the entire range!

Interests: Mountaineering, Trail Running & Mountain Biking

Favourite Spot: Parkamoor

Favourite Kit: Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve 1/4 Zip


Ali - Supervisor

Full of life, love and respect for the outdoors. Don't be fooled by her compassionate approach, she possesses enough confidence up on the hills to compete with the “big boys”. Jump at the opportunity of chatting with Ali as her knowledge will offer extreme value.

Expertise: Fell Walking & Winter Mountaineering

Favourite Spot: Fairfield

Favourite Kit: Scarpa Rebel Lite GTX


Paddy - Sales

AKA - “The Morale Enforcer”. This colourful Cornish character carries an unlimited supply of puns up his sleeve, yet his experience of the outdoors is no joke. If you're unsure about kit, Paddy's your man!

Expertise: Fishing, Rock Climbing & Winter Mountaineering

Favourite Spot: Catstye Cam

Favourite Kit: Arc'teryx Proton LT Jacket


Jane - Sales

This exuberant explorer is no stranger to the outdoor world. Jane is often seen enjoying the peace and serenity of the Lake District whether that's by kayak, mountain bike or through the guidance of her beloved 4 legged friend.

Expertise: Mountain Biking, Kayaking & Fell Walking

Favourite Spot: Carrock Fell, Buttermere & Crummock Water


Erika - Sales

The knowledge of our Scandinavian thrill seeker is truly treasured by the entire team here at The Epicentre. Having endured the harsh conditions of Northern Sweden gives Erika that crisp edge over the so-called “hardcore” climbers seen here in the Lakes.

Expertise: Rock Climbing, Winter Mountaineering & Skiing

Favourite Spot: Langdale

Top Tip: Invest in good coffee!


Julie - Sales

A solo globetrotter with over 40 years in the game. With a passionate approach towards female adventuring and an outstanding knowledge of the outdoor industry, we're certainly proud to have Julie on board.

Expertise: Running, Cycling & Wild Swimming

Favourite Spot: Loughrigg

Favourite Kit: Icebreaker Oasis 200


Bryony - Web

Much like her bright pink Patagucci Pants, our new recruit on Team Web has an awesome but audacious attitude towards adventure. Having completed 5 marathons and 4 ultra trail races, we're confident that Bryony has the stamina for the challenges of outdoor retail!

Expertise: Trail Running, Mountaineering & Mountain Biking

Favourite Kit: Patagonia RPS Rock Pants

Taylor Butler-Eldridge

Taylor - E-Commerce & Web

This tech-savvy and bearded hipster is new to the Lake District but he's hoping he can make his mark by tackling the deep wilderness that is SEO, Marketing & Social Media.

Interests: Fell Walking & Photography

Greatest Achievement: Winner of a pancake eating competition - Brisbane, Australia 2013.