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Who we are

David Tobin

Founder & Owner

David started Dream Escape in 2005. The vision was to create once in a lifetime trips and events for a select group of well travelled clients.

David's previous marketing career included roles at ITV, Saatchi & Saatchi and Carat where he worked across a wide range of clients. Prior to starting Dream Escape he was a Board Director at MediaCom London & Scotland responsible for Audi UK & The Scottish Executive.

Holly Mackie

Marketing & New Business Development

Holly started her career at Carlson Marketing in Singapore after completing her Business & Psychology MA in Edinburgh.

After a few years in London working at various agencies including TBWA GGT she moved to Edinburgh to look after the Visit Scotland account at the agency 1576. Holly is passionate about travel and has a wealth of knowledge having travelled extensively around the world.

Claire Banks

Managing Director

Claire joined Dream Escape as an Assistant Creative Planner in 2012. Claire’s career began in law where she gained a commercial background before taking time out to live and work in Australia. Claire has travelled extensively throughout the world and experienced many different cultures both as a visitor and as a volunteer.

Claire still greatly enjoys travel throughout the UK and the world and has a keen interest in running and outdoor activities.

Lesley Scott

Head of Creative Planning

Lesley joined Dream Escape in February 2011 as Creative Planner. Lesley brings over 15 years experience working in the corporate and incentive market. Her previous employment includes 5 years for a DMC in Edinburgh, creating and operating bespoke programmes throughout Scotland.

Before this Lesley spent 5 years in London working for Anton Mosimann, Royal Warrant holder for catering to HRH Prince of Wales as an Event Planner. Her job entailed working with top end suppliers throughout England, including many Historic Royal Palaces.

Rosie Peattie

Rosie Peattie

Head of Guiding

Rosie is a Blue Badge Member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association with a B.Sc. and a Certificate of Scottish Studies (University of Edinburgh) and is qualified to act as a tourist guide throughout Scotland.

Rosie, through Dream Escape, provides guided tours customised to suit individual travellers or groups of any size - presented in a professional but friendly and informative style.

Nicola Barbour

Head of Operations

Nicola started her career in tourism and hospitality after gaining her Tourism Management degree from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Since then she has gained experience in the industry after working in a number of roles, including Group Sales for a hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA. She has also worked for a golf tour operator in the UK creating bespoke itineraries and in Resort Sales for the Gleneagles Hotel.

Michael Davies

Creative Planner

Michael joined Dream Escape in 2012 as a Creative Planner. He brings a wealth of experience with him having worked for Abercrombie and Kent for over 10 years. Prior to this Michael worked as a tour guide taking clients around the UK – this was an ideal outlet for his interest and academic background in the history and culture of the British Isles.

Outside of work, Michael enjoys the countryside by walking, visiting historic properties and art galleries, and sampling the local food and drink.

Louise Murray

Creative Planner

Louise joined Dream Escape in 2016 as a Creative Planner. Based in London, she brings over 12 years of experience working as a Destination Specialist for the UK and Ireland handling travel for high end FIT's and special interest groups. Through experience of travelling with her own young family, she thoroughly enjoys the challenge of planning family programmes, especially in London.

Louise is very active and loves any opportunity to get out into the countryside with her two children.

Rebecca Hendry

Creative Planning Assistant

Rebecca joined Dream Escape in May 2016 as a recent graduate from the University of Aberdeen where she gained an Honours Degree in Geography. From New York to Myanmar, she has always loved exploring new destinations and has travelled extensively within Scotland.

Her position as Creative Planning Assistant has allowed her to broaden her knowledge of the tourism industry and she is very much looking forward to the exciting opportunities that working with Dream Escape will bring in the future.

Agne Dobrovolskyte

Senior Operations Executive

Agne joins the Dream Escape team as a recent graduate from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh where she completed an Honours Degree in Tourism Management.

Agne has always enjoyed travelling and exploring new places. With her experience of the tourism and hospitality industry, she is excited about the future opportunities and knowledge that she will gain from working at Dream Escape.

Efi Karamouzi

Operations Executive

Efi joins Dream Escape with 7 years of experience in the travel and tourism sector after gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Social Anthropology and History in 2008.

Prior to taking a position as Operations Executive, Efi was the Commercial Director for a large travel company which gave her the opportunity to gain extensive experience in all aspects of Destination Management Services.

Karen Darlow

Operations Executive

Karen joined Dream Escape in March 2016. After graduating with a First Class Degree from Birmingham City University she gained extensive experience in the hospitality industry and her love of travelling has taken her all over the world.

Karen enjoys the challenges of working as an Operations Executive and this position has provided her with the opportunity to discover beautiful and remote areas of Scotland, Ireland and England. She looks forward to expanding this exploration in the future.

Helen Kidd

Operations Executive

Helen's love of travel was sparked at University and during the summers she spent teaching horse riding and travelling around America. After graduating from the University of Glasgow with an Honours Degree in Activity Tourism Management, Helen took a year out, living and working in Australia.

Helen started her career in the flights department of a large independent Scottish travel agency, before moving to Edinburgh and joining the team at Dream Escape in March 2017.

Stephanie Kinghorn

Operations Executive

Stephanie joins Dream Escape after starting her career as an intern at a local DMC creating bespoke travel experiences in Scotland. After graduating in International Business she spent time backpacking across the Americas and South East Asia and continues her travel adventures exploring new places in Edinburgh and around the UK. Stephanie is a native Spanish speaker.

Stephanie joined Dream Escape in March 2017 on maternity leave cover and looks forward to furthering her knowledge in the industry to deliver the best programmes across the UK and Ireland.

Joanna Heathcote

Joanna Heathcote

President & Owner
JH Hotel & Companies

Joanna has owned and operated her hotel and company sales and representation business for 20 years. Prior to starting this business, Joanna worked in London and New York for Take-A-Guide.

During her time in London she became a Blue Badge Guide. Joanna has travelled the world ever since her parents drove her from London to Cairo when she was three years old. Similar trips have followed, many taking Joanna around the world, as well as overland trips from London to Nairobi and Singapore to London. Travel runs through Joanna's bloodstream and she is perfectly matched to work with the Dream Escape team.