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Meet the team

Our team of overseas recruitment experts

With over 100 seasons worth experience overseas between the team, we believe we can provide you with the best advice in respect to completing a winter or summer season abroad. From repping, childcare and working in chalets & Chalet Hotels, we have the knowledge and experience to help you along the way.

Zoe Blanchard

Zoe Blanchard

Talent Acquisition Manager

What was only ever going to be 1 season, I did my first season in Courchevel, France in 1996. Fast forward 15yrs working for Crystal Ski (TUI) in both France and UK, I joined Hotelplan Ltd in 2011 as one of the group Recruitment Managers for Childcare & Front of House positions in our ever expanding programme. 'Who am I?' – most definitely a morning person with plenty of Earl Grey tea! Am at my happiest when walking outside in the country or on the beach – whether that be back at childhood home in Dorset or the white sands of the Caribbean during the winter months. My favourite holiday destinations are India and the Greek Islands. When the sun is shining and I am wearing my flip flops then I will always be smiling. I have a weird & wonderful collection of music (described by friends as eclectic) but Radio 2 is my go-to station on my daily (and often long) commute! I love a bubbly afternoon tea and everything associated with it…who doesn’t like scones & cake? Partial to a Gin & Tonic and my favourite places to enjoy these are anywhere with an amazing view. Still so many places in the world to discover and explore, am always planning my next adventure….

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Chris Lovelock

Chris Lovelock

Talent Acquisition Manager

Having worked in the travel industry for 11 years, I have worked several winter seasons in Austria and Lapland followed by two summers in the UK Recruitment Department. Now based full time in the UK, I have the pleasure of heading to Lapland for the Christmas period working with the Lapland Team to provide the most intense and exciting program we have. Who wouldn't want to spend Christmas with the REAL Santa Claus in his native country? 'Who am I?' – I am not a morning person, I need 4 alarm clocks to get me up! I have to have a big cup of tea first thing. I have perfected my snowboarding during my time overseas and Selva val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites, which is where I would choose for my winter holiday.

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Gillian Rae

Gillian Rae

Senior Talent Executive

I started working in the Travel Industry in 2010 after completing University, with what was intended to be one gap year. However, after working in the best job ever - as one of Santa’s Elves in Lapland I have since ended up working 7 winter seasons for Hotelplan, always returning to Lapland in various roles. I have also worked in the Ski program after Lapland starting as a Snow Ranger and then moving into the Representative role followed by the Representative Manager position. During my Ski seasons, I have worked for all of our brands in Selva, Tignes, Val D’Isere, and Les Arc. During the summer months, I have worked in a variety of seasonal jobs abroad on Cruise ships, at an American Summer camp as well as with other Tour operators. For the last two years, I have moved back to the UK working in the recruitment department throughout the year meeting lots of candidates who would like to work a season for us which I believe is one of the best things you could do. During November I return to Lapland as Resort Manager for 6 weeks of Christmas magic working alongside the Real Santa Claus. ‘Who am I?’ - I would say I am a happy & smiley person who loves all things to do with Christmas, Snow, travelling, musicals & Disney! During my winter seasons, I have learnt to Snowboard & Ski and have developed a love for snowboarding.

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Louise Turner

Louise Turner

Onboarding Team Leader

I started working in the travel/tourism industry in the UK and I finally took the plunge and did my first season overseas in 2010 in Courmayeur, Italy. I quickly followed this up with a summer season in Sardegna and then moved to work for Hotelplan in 2014. I have completed three winter seasons, covering the Dolomites and Val d’Aosta regions, starting off as working as a Hotel Manager and finishing off as Area Manager of our Chalet Hotels in Italy. As much as I love working overseas I love coming back to the UK and working in recruitment in the summer, interviewing all roles from kitchen assistants to snow rangers, and representatives to hotel managers. This is my fourth year in recruitment and I get immense satisfaction from building our teams from the start and giving people the opportunity of a lifetime to work in our overseas programme. “Who am I?” – I am a wanderer and a traveller at heart. Never happier than when I book a flight or waiting to board a plane at an airport. My favourite destination has got to be New Zealand, having travelled there 7 times and completed all the great walks. From a young age living in Italy, I have inter-railed around Europe, taken road trips in the USA and travelled in South America, India and Australia. Next in my travel plan is going on a charity expedition for three months. Always have a plan!

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Lewis Daysh

Lewis Daysh

Onboarding Executive

I joined Hotelplan within the overseas recruitment team in July 2017, this was off the back of my 10 + years recruitment experience and my more recent experience of catering recruitment. The Tourism industry was completely new to me at that time, and to be fair still is even now! Following my six month contract an opportunity arose to work permanently within the overseas HR team, I grabbed this with both hands and haven’t looked back! Another advantage is that I only have a half hour commute to work, but that’s only if I decide to go on foot, driving is about 8 minutes, in heavy traffic! I’m loathed to admit it, but I have never actually been on a ski holiday, this is something I plan on changing very soon though, but due to my clumsy nature, I’m being encouraged to stay away from the slopes and enjoy the sport from the comfort of a bar stool! 'Who am I?' - Husband to a wonderful wife, father to two amazing girls and I might one day have some peace & quiet, in this life or the next! I also quite like the odd movie! I love good company, good food and good wine, and not a weekend goes by where we aren’t spending quality family time or being surrounded by friends and family! A quick round of golf is also quite welcome, fair weather only though!!

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Julie Chapman

Julie Chapman

Overseas Operations Support Manager

My passion for travel began in 1989 at the age of 20, where I completed her first season for Airtours as a summer beach rep in Spain. Over the next 13 years, I spent time working overseas for large Tour Operators completing seasons in 22 different countries, working in various senior roles. I was fortunate to work in various European destinations and luxury destinations such as USA, South America, East Africa and The Caribbean. Having returned to the UK in 2002, I continued to work in travel as an Overseas Manager for a Cypriot company before then moving into the Hotel Industry, recruiting and training staff and managing the openings and operations of new hotels within their portfolio. In 2005 I took the decision to move back into Tour Operations, joining Inghams Travel as an Overseas Support Manager. ‘Who am I?’ - I am a travel enthusiast, and enjoy visiting many different places (in the sun preferably) with my most visited place being Lake Garda in Italy. My love is for animals and especially my pet cat Bella, my colleagues hear daily about her (whether they want to or not!) My favourite place is the Isle of Wight, where you can kick off your shoes and walk along the beach or equally sit in the sun and enjoy a glass of wine.

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James Walker

James Walker

Marketing Executive

I was fortunate enough to have my first taste of skiing when I was 11 years old and from that point fell in love with snow sports and the mountain. After completing my university degree I decided to take a break from working in the UK and apply to work a ski season. I was given the privilege to work my first winter season in the stunning Swiss resort of Zermatt, home of the Famous Matterhorn and notorious for its great social life. It’s safe to say as soon as I arrived in resort I was hooked on working in the mountains, one season soon turned into 4 as I worked for the Hotelplan brands of Inghams (both in summer and winter) and Ski Total. Whilst working my season I managed to progress from a member of a representative team, to joint managing 5 resorts on Lake Garda. Since my final winter season, I have continued working for Hotelplan in the UK head office across their marketing team’s focusing primarily social media advertising, video creation and editing. ‘Who am I?’ – For me there are only two seasons, winter and waiting for the snow to return. I have been a skier for most of my life but have recently converted to snowboarding to try something new and also in an attempt to look cool. I still don’t look cool but I love playing around on the slopes with my board.

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