Meet The Team
Elliot - Manager / Head Buyer
Getting back home to my routes. These mountains are where it all started for me, so coming back after 4 years skiing / living in Austria and Sweden feels great to be home on familiar soil and hearing some proper northern accents.
Expertise: Road biking, Skiing, Mountaineering.
Favourite Kit: Anything Merino.
Sheila - Stock / 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!
Andy - Shop Manager
Ex-Army, Ex-Trampolinist and Ex-tremely experienced. From expedition leading to experiential education, our Andy has been bouncing up and down the outdoor scene for over 10 years, gaining much respect and ‘backing’ within the adventure industry.
Expertise: Mountaineering, Fell Running & Open Water Swimming
Favourite Spot: Mosedale
Favourite Kit: Jetboil Coffee Press
Peter - Sales
Although it was officially marriage that influenced Peter's escape from the South, we're positive that it was actually his bit on the side (the enticing eye-candy that is the Cumbrian Fells) that actually caught his attention. A passionate outdoorsman who specialises in long-distance walking, so why not come and chat with him about planning your own multi-day trek.
Expertise: Fell Walking & Mountaineering
Favourite Kit: Arc'teryx Delta LT Zip
Ali - Sales
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: Osprey Talon 33
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 Hoody
Chris - Sales
Experienced across many disciplines, Chris has walked, ran, climbed and travelled through many mountain areas including the French and Swiss Alps, California, Utah, Arizona and New Zealand. A desire to make every trip more remote than the last one, he's constantly seeking out new goals and locations to challenge mind, body and soul and put gear to the test! In his spare time Chris will either be found guiding in the fells, taking photographs at unearthly hours or seeking solitude in Scotland.
Favourite Lakes' location: Sca Fell
Favourite bit of kit: Arc'teryx Proton FL
Sophie - Sales
Been running, riding and climbing for over 30years
From years of training and working as a graphic designer to mountain bike, climbing and canyoning guiding and corporate training in the blue mountains in Australia to owning and running a bike shop I finally made my dream real and moved to the Lake District where I have come to heal myself.
This place is special as is The Epicentre and the people in it
Expertise: Cycling, Running & Fell Walking
Favourite Spot: Wasdale
Favourite Kit: Arc’teryx Atom LT Vest
John - Web Sales
Born in the North, raised in the south, travelled the world and settled in The Lake District in 2004 when he realised it was the best place in the world to work, rest and play! Main interests include road cycling, cycle commuting, wild camping, world travel and coffee. Now his children are old enough to carry their own kit he is often to be found out exploring the local fells, wild swimming spots and artisan cafes.
Expertise: Local cycling routes, world travel, wild camping survival tips…
Favourite Spot: High Dam, Finisthwaite for an after work dip
Favourite Kit: Ten Tree hoody (and Aero Coffee press)
Kathryn - Website Executive
Forming part of our head office team, Kathryn works on all things website for the store. Originally from Somerset, Kathryn can usually be found swimming, cycling or running. Her plan is to explore more of the Lake District and tick off some of the Wainwrights.
Favourite Gear: Icebreaker Oasis 200 baselayers (perfect for any outdoor pursuit)
Favourite Spot: Latrigg, the run up from Keswick is worth it for the views over Derwent water
Emma - Marketing
Working on all things marketing, Emma is based in our head office team. She has a bit of an obsession with gear and a love of hill walking, having walked many of the UK’s national trails as well as the Continental Divide Trail in the US.
Favourite Gear: Black Diamond walking poles – they’ve saved my life more than once!
Favourite Spot: The Langdales
When I was younger, we always visited the lakes on family holidays; I’ve always enjoyed spending time in the outdoors I particularly enjoy walking, cycling and climbing. I officially moved to the lake district to study at the local university and have enjoyed living here so much I haven't left; you’ll often find me on the fells either walking or camping on my days off.
Favourite kit: Black Dimond alpine start hoody
Favourite place: Kentmere
Expertise: fell walking
After adventures in Australia, New Zealand, Nepal & Europe I thought it was about time I explored in more detail my own backyard. Having visited the Lakes many times during the 80’s I’m looking forward to getting back in touch with the mountains, lakes and an abundance of hiking trails, sure to keep me occupied for years to come. I like to dabble in all sports and will give anything a go.
Favourite Spot: Anything that gets me up to high ground for the views, the heart & the head.
Favourite Gear: Icebreaker Merino
Likes: Multi-day hikes, Multi-day kayaking, Ski-Touring & Mountain Biking, Wild camping under the stars. Sunsets & Sunrises.
I enjoy travelling and exploring, and have been to some amazing places. I'm always keen to be out - on rock, on water, in the mountains. I love NW Scotland, SW Cornwall, and living in the Lakes.
Favourite kit: Cross country skis, mountain bike.
Lucy- Assistant Store Manager
Often found daydreaming about her next adventure or eating food... Lucy loves to spend her time cycling, swimming and running. She’s a local mountain bike guide in the Lake District, so if you need any route advice on our big map, call her over!
Favourite spot: Nabs Scar (overlooking Ambleside)
Favourite Kit: Salewa GTX Pro pants