OMAR MOHAMED - DIRECTORView profile
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.
ROBERT GIDDINGS - OPERATIONS DIRECTORView profile
ROBERT GIDDINGS - OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Rob joined Work the World in 2010 as the Africa Operations Manager, and the success of our Tanzania programmes are a tribute to his efforts — he even learned Swahili! Now, as the Head of Operations, Rob has been both building and managing our global programmes since 2010. Working closely with our team of Operations Managers, Rob ensures all our programmes offer the best placements possible, maintaining our multiple hospital partnerships. Prior to joining the team, Rob specialised in teaching English to foreign students, spending two years in Japan and two in South Korea.
TIM MILNES - OPERATIONS MANAGERView profile
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. He is now responsible for our programmes in the Philippines and Indonesia. 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.
REBECCA LAPPER - OPERATIONS MANAGERView profile
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.
James O'Grady - Head of Global DevelopmentView profile
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 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 ,working with them until series A investment. Joining Work the World in October 2017, he heads up our business development and sales operations across all markets.
FAYE CLONAN - DIRECTORView profile
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.
MEGAN DILLON - MARKETING EXECUTIVEView profile
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.
ALASDAIR THOMPSON - ELECTIVE CONSULTANTView profile
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 Work 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 cycler.
JOE JAMIESON - CONTENT DEVELOPERView profile
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, and an eye-opening interval in Morocco. Next up, Mexico.
AMELIA HOWLETT- ADMINISTRATION MANAGERView profile
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.
CAROL BOLGER - HEAD OF MARKETINGView profile
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.
Alison Mead - DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (AUS)View profile
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.
Tony Dwyer - Head of AdministrationView profile
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.
LEAH STAY - OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATORView profile
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.