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OMAR MOHAMED - DIRECTOR

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OMAR MOHAMED - DIRECTOR

Prior to co-founding Work the World in 2005, Omar worked in the gap year industry promoting responsible travel for six years. His career has involved working for extensive periods of time in eleven destinations, which span North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. During this time Omar was arranging, developing and overseeing work-experience projects in the fields of social welfare, education, health and conservation.

Tim Milnes - Operations Manager

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Tim Milnes - Operations Manager

Having worked as an Operations Manager during seven winter seasons in France, Switzerland and Austria, Tim joins Work the World with an abundance of experience. Tim has either backpacked or lived in Colombia, Ecuador, the Galapagos, Peru, Malaysia, Borneo, Australia, New Zealand… the list goes on. Tim loves skiing, trekking, and football, and is currently learning Spanish. He is now responsible for our programmes in the Philippines and Indonesia.

James O'Grady - Head of Global Development

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James O'Grady - Head of Global Development

Over the last 15 years, James built his own outsourced sales and marketing company with multiple locations across the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. After the sale of the business and a year long sabbatical taking in Thailand and New Zealand, James worked with a seed funded technology start up in London. Joining Work the World in October 2017, he heads up our global business development teams.

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FAYE CLONAN - DIRECTOR

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FAYE CLONAN - DIRECTOR

Faye joined the team as Operations Director in 2009 and following a successful two years building up an incredible placement portfolio, has moved into the role of Co-Director of the organisation. She oversees all aspects of our service to make sure that you have an outstanding elective experience. Having spent time in Africa, Asia and South America, Faye has many years experience in the travel industry and has worked with students on healthcare, education, social and conservation projects around the world.

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ALASDAIR THOMPSON - ELECTIVE CONSULTANT

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ALASDAIR THOMPSON - ELECTIVE CONSULTANT

After graduating, Alasdair spent 2 years travelling extensively around southern Africa. He then moved to Brighton, where he accrued experience across a wide variety of roles within ski tour operating. Joining Whierarchyork the World in May 2013, Alasdair is now an expert in guiding our prospective candidates towards their perfect elective, sharing his enthusiasm for all of our fantastic destinations. In his spare time, Alasdair is a keen skier and cyclist.

CAROL BOLGER - HEAD OF MARKETING

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CAROL BOLGER - HEAD OF MARKETING

Carol joined Work the World in 2016 having spent over 8 years working within the travel industry, more specifically marketing summer and winter activity holidays as well as educational group trips. She now leads Work the World's global marketing team. Carol caught the travel bug while back packing around Asia in her mid-twenties and has since travelled through India, Nepal, Japan, North America and most recently, Ghana and Sri Lanka.

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JOE JAMIESON - CONTENT DEVELOPER

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JOE JAMIESON - CONTENT DEVELOPER

Joe joined Work the World in 2014 after hammering out a career in digital marketing and copywriting working for some of the travel industry’s most notable brands. Today, Joe's depth of understanding of both the digital landscape and the famous Work the World service have earned him the title of Content Developer. Having travelled extensively, Joe's favourite experiences include a 4-month jaunt around Thailand, living and working in Tokyo, a tour of Europe’s finest, travelling the length of Mexico on public buses, seeing giant tortoises on the Galapagos Islands, and an eye-opening interval in Morocco.

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REBECCA LAPPER - OPERATIONS MANAGER

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REBECCA LAPPER - OPERATIONS MANAGER

Becky joined Work the World after completing a Masters in Responsible Tourism Management. Brought up in Malawi and Zambia, Becky’s eclectic work life has ranged from crocodile watching on the Zambezi, working in an AIDS clinic, running a raucous music pub in Kilkenny, to working as a resort manager in Ibiza for nine years. Her love for all things travel-related continues with Becky's present role as Operations Manager for our programmes in Nepal and Vietnam.

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ROBERT GIDDINGS - OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

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ROBERT GIDDINGS - OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Rob joined Work the World in 2010 as the Africa Operations Manager, and the success of our Tanzania programme is a tribute to his efforts—he even learned Swahili. Now, as Operations Director, Rob oversees both the development and management of every one of our global programmes. Working closely with our team of Operations Managers, Rob ensures our programmes offer exceptional placement opportunities, while maintaining strong hospital partnerships around the world. Prior to joining the team, Rob specialised in teaching English to foreign students, spending two years in Japan and two in South Korea.

 

Alison Mead - DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (AUS)

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Alison Mead - DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (AUS)

Alison joined Work the World in 2019 with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the travel sector gathered over more than 24 years in the industry. She spent some time as a tour leader in Asia before taking a few years to travel the world. Alison loves getting lost in bustling markets, learning local languages, and discovering hidden treasures in lesser-known spots. She now leads our Australia and New Zealand team, helping students pick the placement that suits their clinical goals and taste in adventure.

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LEAH STAY - OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

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LEAH STAY - OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

Leah joined Work the World in March 2013. Her background lies within the travel industry, more specifically skiing, where she spent 5 years organising ski holidays for school groups. Prior to that Leah's passion for travel led her to spend 5 months living and working in a French ski resort. Leah is responsible for our welcome, pre-departure and feedback calls as well as helping with student queries relating to all aspects of their time overseas.

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AMELIA HOWLETT - ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

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AMELIA HOWLETT - ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Amelia joined Work the World in 2015. Working most recently as an administrator and HR advisor in her hometown of Kent, Amelia decided that it was time to up sticks and live beside the sea - a wise decision. She spends her days helping students with pre-departure preparations, completing various university forms and keeping the Head Office team well caffeinated.

MEGAN DILLON - MARKETING EXECUTIVE

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MEGAN DILLON - MARKETING EXECUTIVE

Megan joined Work the World in 2019 following a five-year stint at one of Brighton’s leading digital marketing agencies. After graduating with a psychology degree, Megan spent a summer backpacking around Croatia. Having developed a taste for travel, Megan later took a year out to travel through Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia, then India, Sri Lanka, and South East Asia before finishing up in New Zealand.

Tony Dwyer - Head of Administration

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Tony Dwyer - Head of Administration

Originally from London, Tony joined Work the World in 2019 after 10 years working in the higher education sector. He managed student experience on postgraduate business and health university programmes. In recent years, he has travelled to the USA, China, Russia, Brazil and Nigeria. Particular travel highlights include visiting some incredible vineyards outside Santiago, and watching a sunset in Joshua Tree National Park, California.