meet the team
go ham - or go home
Katrina - chief bell
Katrina trained in interior design so is chiefly in charge of all stock purchases and tent interiors.
Steve says this is because she likes shopping. Katrina says Steve has clearly never had to buy 200 cushions…
She did a long stint in the corporate world in client management, customer service and as a small business manager. Then canvas life and bell tent hire took over. It meant she swapped her suit for shorts, flip flops and muddy knees.
The speed she can cover a duvet is probably worthy of the Guinness Book of Records.
Lover of a list – and twinkly lights.
Steve - site manager
Katrina’s other half – they met when he taught her to drive about 20 years ago.
Any crew out in the van with Steve are likely to get a lesson in local history (the amount his brain retains is ridiculous!) or a nature lesson. Avid twitcher and music buff. Tea break is conveniently timed with the Pop master daily quiz.
In his spare time, when he’s not working on our vans, he can be found rebuilding motor scooters or looking after his bees.
Steve is our troubleshooter on and off site, and when Katrina comes up with an idea he’s the one who has to turn it into something workable.
George - office angel
During peak season if you phone the office or send an email, you’ll hear from George.
She joined Team Bells in 2017 to ease some of the admin load and despite Katrina refusing to kill the resident office spider she’s still here with us – just.
When she and Oscar are on ‘unit checking duties’ she bakes him cakes. Or biscuits. Or pastries. Oscar (needless to say), quite likes working with George!
She refuses to come on site ever again as the 2 times we’ve taken her it’s been snowing!
right hand man
Oscar - right hand man
Oscar joined us in 2016 and was as quiet as a mouse.
A summer of working with the now departed Chloe (Australia not heaven!) soon put pay to that and now we can’t shut him up!
Self professed ‘King of the unit’ and member of the ‘circle of trust’. The circle of trust being those who know, know, (when we have a secret booking that we can’t tell anyone about). – Yes that is actually a thing!
If Tesco ever stop the £3 meal deal, Oscar will starve at work. The uproar when they reduced the size of Hula Hoops bags mid summer was enough to send him into a tizz for weeks!
what do we say?
Jon - what do we say ?
‘Couscous – so good they named it twice’ circa July 2016 on the disappointment of opening the lunch box George had packed him.
Jon is George’s other half and Katrina’s brother in law. We told you we were family team!
Jon has been with us since the very first season and LOVES a day’s tenting out in the sunshine.
He’s also got the whitest legs you have ever seen. So white, you’ll need shades.
Just don’t mention the day 3 years ago when he tied an entire village of bunting without slip knots – which would be forgivable had he not been in the NAVY for years!!
our army girl
Lou - our army girl
In between her full time job Lou can be found out and about with us in the summer.
She’s another lover of camping, the outdoors, and nature.
We’ve never seen anyone as excited as Lou when we drove through the New Forest one day on our way to take down some tents and there were Donkeys in the road.
We had to stop on the way back so she could see them properly!
She spends her summer capturing some awesome pictures of the nature we see and discussing with Steve what birds they’ve seen that day.
Katrina and Lou went to school together and it turned out they were on the maternity ward of the local hospital at the same time as their birthdays are one day apart.
bells strong man
Nick - bells strong man
We welcomed Nick to the gang in 2018!
He’s another lover of camping and has a long history of camping with scouts, youth groups and he’s done the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Nick is our resident ‘strong man’ and we’re pretty sure he could bench press one of the big vans without even breaking a sweat!
He can lift a 7m bell tent singlehanded WITH the poles wrapped up inside!
pain in the arse!
Wolfie - pain in the arse
Normally we woudn’t dream of spamming you with pet pictures, but since he’s out on the road with us all summer…
After 4 years of juggling dog sitters and worrying about the long days we do out on site Katrina decided to put him in the van one day and take him to work. She created a monster.
He rises like a Harrier jump jet if you mention the word van, unit, or any of his extend ‘pack’ turn up at the house wearing their bells t-shirts.
Scared of horses, sheep, other dogs, loud noises, the hoover and any loud bang.
What he lacks in brave pants he makes up for in the love of humans. And food.