Meet The Team
Elliot - General Manager
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 - Back Office 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 - Store 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
Ali - Assistant Store Manager
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 - Fit Specialist
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 - Fit Specialist
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 - Fit Specialist
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
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
James- Sales and Aftercare
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
Chris J - Fit Specialist
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
Liz - Sales Assistant
Having travelled and worked abroad for many years teaching outdoor education in places such as the Middle East, Australia and Europe, Liz has now made the Lake District her home. She loves that she can do a day at work and then easily hike or bike up the hills or dip in the lake for an adventure. When she is not training to become a psychotherapist, this is where you will find her; climbing in Langdale or on trips to Scotland, whitewater canoeing, finding a quiet spot for some yoga or tucking into a wedge of cake.
Expertise: Watersports, hill walking, climbing
Favourite Kit: Patagonia Synchilla pullover
Paul - Fit Specialist
After moving to the Lakes from the Peak District I can often be found running and climbing the fells with my camera in hand, also partial to chatting about kit new and old.
Expertise: Fell running, Mountaineering and Fast Packing
Favourite Kit: Early 2000s Arc'teryx Anabatic Pullover
Joe - Sales and Aftercare
After moving to the Lakes from Sheffield for his degree Joe has now made it home. A keen mountaineer and climber, you’ll find him in his spare time climbing and hiking in the fells or enjoying one of the many swim spots around the Lakes. A kit and coffee enthusiast, he’s always happy to advise and share his knowledge.
Expertise: Mountaineering, Climbing, Wild swimming.
Favourite Kit: Aerobie AeroPress.
Will - Sales Team
I moved to Cumbria from London to have greater access to the outdoors. Although a ong way from home, as a passionate rock climber and skier I feel much more settled being surrounded by the Lake District's fells. I spend my free time ticking off the classic trad climbs of the Lakes or hiking up to remote boulders with my crash pads. When it's too wet to climb, you will find me bagging Wainwrights
Expertise: Rock climbing, Skiing
Favourite Kit: Guidebooks and maps
Sarah - Web Sales
Finally fulfilled my dream of moving to the Lake District after leaving the RAF. On my days off Ican usually be found ticking off new Wainwrights. Possibly the first person to be ticking them all off whilst using a crutch!
Favourite Spots: The fells around Buttermere and the Honister Pass
Favourite Kit: Salewa Raven 2 GTX
Erika - Back Office Assistant
Erika came from Slovakia to learn English. She fell in love with the lakes and forgot to leave. If she isn't jumping off things into a water, she can be found breathing heavily tryig to get up some hill or another.