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

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


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

Ryan - Sales

Originally from the sunny south coast, I couldn’t leave the mountains behind after I travelled to the lakes to study. I am an on-call firefighter and you’ll find me most evenings riding my 161 around the local fells  

Expertise: Mountain biking, Climbing in the fells.

Favourite Kit: Bertha (Privateer 161)

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.