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You’re in safe hands with us. The Dream Team have travelled the world and have years of experience in the travel industry…

Phil North

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Phil’s fascination with the underwater world began in Thailand, where he completed an open water course in 2002. By 2005 he had the bug and qualified as a Divemaster before working in Indonesia, Malaysia and Egypt. Phil finally settled in Thailand, where he ran an underwater photo and video centre with his wife-to-be. He returned to the UK in 2010 and now, as Manager, relishes helping others enjoy the world's best diving destinations. 

Charlie Munns

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When Charlie learned to dive off the Great Barrier Reef in 1991, it was love at first sight. A year later he was training as an instructor in Thailand. Eight years and over 4,000 dives later, he returned to the UK to encourage others to fulfil their passion. A published writer, photographer and underwater model, he has worked all over the world, most notably in Chuuk Lagoon. He has dived in Australia, the Caribbean, Maldives, UK, USA, Palau, Yap and Southeast Asia.

Mat Howell

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Mat is an experienced Divemaster with a palate for adventure. The Sardine Run remains his most exhilarating experience to date, with its exceptionally close encounters with humpback whales, super-pods of dolphins and a feisty group of dusky sharks at feeding time. You’ll find him as close to the action as possible both above and below the waves; over the years Mat has been charged by a hippo, chased by a lion, stalked by a shark and stung by a Portuguese Man Of War!

Sarah Wight

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Sarah grew up in Indonesia, learning to dive for her 16th birthday. There was no turning back, and since then she has spent time underwater in Europe, the Caribbean, Middle East, Indian Ocean, USA, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. 

When not playing hockey or watching sport she is responsible for managing the range of products for Dive Worldwide. She enjoys taking photographs and is expanding her bucket list having now been face-to-face with a whale shark in Mexico!

Lewis Copper

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Lewis learnt to dive at the University of Portsmouth and is now a BSAC Dive Leader and Instructor. It’s rare for him to travel without getting in the water; in addition to diving, he also has a passion for surfing, snorkelling and body-boarding. He is always looking to broaden his horizons, and is a keen writer in his spare time. On the off chance Lewis isn’t diving wrecks or catching waves, he can be found as our Sales Support.

Emily Chappell

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Emily began diving in 2008 in the Red Sea which sparked a passion for coral reef conservation and biology. In a quest to make her hobby a career, Emily pursued a degree in marine biology and has subsequently worked on various research projects in Mexico, the Maldives and the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. Upon returning to the UK in 2018, Emily worked briefly in the aquatics industry, before joining the sales team here at Dive Worldwide.

Cath Bates

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Cath spent 11 years as an instructor in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, where she specialised in both technical diving and conservation. It was here that she logged over 6,000 of her many dives. Her love of travel began during this time and she has explored much of Southeast Asia during Busman’s holidays! Cath now works as a sales consultant at Dive Worldwide and is also a freelance writer for the dive press and keen underwater photographer. 

Teresa Bennett

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After many years working in travel, Teresa branched out in 2000 to form Dive Worldwide with Chris Breen. This has not stopped the itchy feet, so whenever possible Teresa is off exploring new destinations. She loves nothing better than to explore some of the remote areas, with a special affinity for the Pacific and their many islands. When not negotiating with tourist boards, airlines and suppliers, she oversees our product development and looks after our finances.

Nick Joynes

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Nick gave up a career in television production to travel around the world, and returned with a serious case of the travel bug. He worked as a leader and tour operations manager before settling behind a desk to help Chris establish an educational travel company, which he ran for several years. Nick oversees the development of technology that drives the product, marketing, sales and finances of the business.

Chris Breen

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Chris managed a lodge and worked as a safari guide in Zambia's Luangwa Valley way back when. Subsequent experience in the UK travel industry led him to want to do it properly – which led to the founding of Wildlife Worldwide in 1992. Chris has also been known to dip his head under the water on a number of occasions. Extremely well travelled, he's widely known throughout the travel industry.

Sally Emden

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Sally has worked for specialist travel companies for over 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge of sales and marketing. Now combining her passion for travel and nature, she is delighted to head up the marketing team at Dive Worldwide. Her favourite travel experiences include getting up close to polar bears in Canada, whale-watching in New Zealand and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Sue Noakes

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An indeterminate time ago Sue left a responsible job as sales manager with a tour operator and headed off to travel the world. Inevitably that experience brought about change and she married her travelling companion on their return. While now looking after various aspects of our marketing, Sue’s other main love is horses – to the extent that we’re no longer sure of the ranking order between horses, family and travel.

Bret Charman

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With a love for all things with fur, scales and feathers, as well as faraway places, it was virtually inevitable that Bret would end up in travel. His first job was managing a remote bush camp in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park before he returned to the UK. After taking a year out to pursue his love of wildlife photography in Australia, he was keen to get back into the thick of things and join our growing marketing team.

Carolyn Neville

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Over her 20 year or so career in travel Carolyn has held various positions, and applies the vast experience she has accumulated to resolving many of the issues that other people – for whatever reason – can’t (or sometimes won’t) cope with – which explains her hero status within the company. The powerhouse behind nearly all the layers of detailed administrative work, she still finds time to enjoy travelling and is an accomplished field archer.

Henrieta Wiltshire-Munns

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In a two-tone world of debtors and creditors, accountant Henrieta’s view of life is quite straightforward and uncomplicated – red and black. She arrived in the UK over 20 years ago from Slovakia and worked in business travel handling large corporate accounts. While keeping a tight rein on our spending, she chases up recalcitrant payers with a vengeance – be warned! Henrieta enjoys cycling and lists Belize and Borneo among her favourite destinations.

Estelle Somers

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Whilst growing up in South Africa, Estelle developed a deep love for the natural world and travel, and has followed this love throughout her life. With over 14 years travel industry experience and 8 years digital marketing knowledge, she is now delighted to have the opportunity to combine her work experience and passion for wildlife and travel, whilst looking after things involving our websites and Google searches.

Mel Kinder

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Mel rejoined Dive Worldwide's marketing team after a break and gaining valuable marketing experience at a nearby secondary school. There have been many highlights in her travels, however the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia and witnessing a young male tiger swerving to miss her vehicle whilst chasing a chital in Ranthambore come top of the list.

Lizzie Walker-Arnott

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After spending three years as a professional photographer, Lizzie has now joined the Dive Worldwide marketing team. With a love for nature, the outdoors and adventure, Lizzie has a growing list of places she wants to visit and a self-converted campervan in which to do it. The trips on her bucket-list include exploring Norwegian fjords under the northern lights, coming face to face with elephants on safari and snorkelling with dolphins.