Up Close and Personal - Theresa Foley

Theresa Foley

Theresa Foley

Theresa Foley has worked in the travel industry for nearly 30 years after leaving the army. Since February 2013 she has worked for MyFerryLink as head of trade sales and in her own words, ‘has never been happier.’ Theresa moved to Kent in 1985 from the north east of England, and stayed, as without hopping on a ferry there was no further to go! The mention of ferries is dear to Theresa’s heart as she has spent the majority of her time since moving to Kent in the cross channel industry. She considers herself fortunate in that although she has changed jobs, her customers have remained the same and relationships forged over many years can continue, which is of huge importance to Theresa personally.

The best group trip you have ever been on?
Not a typical group day out as you will see from the photograph! I took a group of clients to ‘Armourgeddon’ in Leicestershire for a day of tank paintballing; what an amazing day out. We had the chance to drive a range of military vehicles including a snowcat while taking part in a woodland paintball battle, fought a tank paintballing battle which was the highlight of the day, and also got to drive a ‘Hagglund’ and a ‘Ferret’, to name but a few; that’s what happens when you’ve been in the army!

And the worst?
I attended a conference in the French Alps at Les Arcs, a very beautiful place and no doubt many people’s dream location, especially as April of 2012 saw the best snow of the season … however, not so good if you hate the snow! Need I say more?

Leeds Castle in Kent

Leeds Castle in Kent

What’s your favourite UK destination for a group day out?
I was recently very fortunate to attend a wedding at Leeds Castle in Kent, ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, which was fantastic. It would take more than a day to see and do everything: the architecture is magnificent, you can go punting, visit the maze, enjoy segway tours not to mention the beautiful grounds to take a walk in. If you ever have the opportunity to stay in the castle then do, it’s amazing!

What makes a good group trip?
Prior preparation and planning, the people and the location, location, location. Oh and good weather always helps but that’s not something you can arrange to order!

What do you always pack?
My iPhone, iPad and my hairdryer!

And what do you leave out?
The kitchen sink!

What was your favourite trip last year?
I didn’t have a holiday last year or this year, nor will I have for the foreseeable future as my partner Roger and I have bought a house in the Poitou Charentes region of France and all our time at the moment is spent renovating it. It will be wonderful when all the work is done and we can enjoy the weather and the lifestyle. Meanwhile, a girl can dream of a trip back to Thailand!

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