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!
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!
Elliot - Shop Floor 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 several years working in Sweden feels great to be home on familiar soil and hearing some proper northern accents.
Interests: Road biking, Skiing, Mountaineering.
Favourite Kit: Anything Merino.
Favourite spot: Still not decided on one spot…
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!
Expertise: Mountaineering, Trail Running & Mountain Biking
Top Tip: Parkamoor
Favourite Kit: Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Half Zip
Peter - Supervisor
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
Gillie - Web
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: Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody
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: Salomon X Ultra Leather 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 Hoody
Chris - Sales
An experienced globetrotter with a desire to explore the most remote spots that the world has to offer. However, even the temptations of the Kiwi Southern Alps are not enough to sway Chris from his Cumbrian roots. Whether it's advice about photo locations or the kit you need to reach them, you can always rely on Chris's insight to get you prepared for your very own adventure.
Expertise: Rock Climbing, Fell Running, Mountaineering & Photography
Favourite Kit: Hydro Flask 18oz
Dave - Sales
Eat. Sleep. Explore. Repeat ... with a bit of work in between. A humble reminder of how simple life can be when we escape the corporate world and embrace the wonder that is the outdoors. Although courteous by nature, our Dave is far from sheepish when it comes to competitive running. Come and chat with him about his mountain/ultra-marathon efforts ... who knows, it might just give you the push that you need!
Expertise: Fell Running, Rock Climbing & Cycling
Favourite Spot: Red Screes
Taylor - E-Commerce
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.
Interests: Fell Walking & Photography
Favourite Kit: Patagonia Triolet Jacket
Greatest Achievement: Winner of a pancake eating competition - Brisbane, Australia 2013.