Howzat Travel specialises in organising tours to support England playing cricket overseas. Remember, as well as our organised tours, we also offer tailor-made travel arrangements, so don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements. Providing tours and travel arrangements to the following series.

Meet the team

Howzat Travel is the UK’s NUMBER ONE England Cricket Supporters’ Tour Operator

Ian Kerr

Company Director

Ian – a huge England cricket fan – is the founder of Howzat Travel and has clocked up more air miles than the average person through watching England play cricket all over the world. Ian had the idea to start Howzat Travel after travelling to South Africa to watch England’s Test Series in the winter of 2004. Building the team around him, the business grew and Ian was able to quit his banking business development job in 2007 to manage Howzat Travel full time.

Today, Ian heads up the team with his entrepreneurial drive and holds lots of the business’ key relationships with travel partners and key cricket figures all over the world. He has also led many of our tours and is now a familiar face amongst England cricket supporters.

Favourite Howzat Travel moment:

“With so many to choose from its knowing where to start! I guess one of my absolute highlight’s was celebrating my 30th birthday in St Lucia and being invited along to the ‘Sir Vivian Richards golf tournament’. The field of golfers included lots of West Indian and English Cricketing greats and teeing off with the likes of Richards & Lara will be something I always remember.“

Steven Eatherington

Company Director

Steve has been part of the Howzat Travel team since its inception, and his preceding career saw him occupy key marketing and communications roles in organisations including Experian, ITV Sport and Unisys. He has a very organised, meticulous nature and is heavily involved in pretty much every aspect of the day-to-day activities at Howzat HQ, whether it’s the tour planning and building, website management, marketing and communications, sales, customer service and all the (boring) financial and administrative stuff.

Steve often conducts the pre-tour inspections and when it comes to the tours themselves, as well as tour managing the odd smaller tour, he will also usually be on the ground for a portion our large tours to oversee operations, host events and support our tour managers. Steve lives in the Vale of Belvoir and is a keen runner – and a member of Nottingham’s Holme Pierrepont RC – so in his time away from the office you are likely to find him on the trails, roads and muddy fields of the Vale training for his next marathon or ultra.

Favourite Howzat Travel moment:

“Day four of the Sydney Ashes Test, January 2011. Mitchell Johnson arriving onto the pitch to sounds of the Barmy Army singing “He bowls to the left, he bowls to the riiiiiiiight….” Bowled out for a golden duck and immediately departs the pitch to the same song.“

Carl Sutton

Tours Director

Carl joined the Howzat Travel team on a permanent basis in June 2013 having first travelled to the Caribbean in 2009 as a customer. Prior to moving into the travel industry, Carl spent just under 20 years with Barclays undertaking a variety of different roles in Personal, Premier and Business banking. This was followed by four years at Mars Petcare UK working in Supply Logistics. As Tours Director Carl is a regular feature on tour either behind the scenes co-ordinating our larger groups or as a tour manager. Historically he has also completed pre-tour inspections in Australia and the Caribbean.

On a day-to-day basis you’ll find Carl taking calls, responding to emails and spending many hours on tour preparation to ensure we continue to deliver outstanding travel arrangements for our customers. Away from the office Carl invests lots of time at his beloved Kegworth Town CC where he’s played (and continues to play!) since he was 8 years old and is Secretary. Away from the cricket field he’s a big music fan and also enjoys a couple of pints in the local.

Favourite Howzat Travel moment:

“Has to be Boxing Day 2010 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. After losing heavily in Perth and the series level at 1-1, Australia were bowled out for just 98! England closed the day 157 without loss to set up a crushing innings win and retain the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years.”

Charlie Baker

Tours & Communications Manager

Charlie joined Howzat Travel fresh out of University in 2015, after assisting in and out of the office while studying. Many Howzat Travellers will recognise Charlie from various tours over the last few years, whether it’s behind the scenes overseeing operations or tour managing.

Back at Howzat Travel HQ, Charlie looks after marketing and customer communications as well as website content, tour planning and building and administerial duties. Outside of work he has been a keen cricketer from a young age, growing up in the Leicestershire Player Pathway, Charlie now plays for his boyhood team Oakham CC in the Leicestershire League.

 

Favourite Howzat Travel moment:

“Basking in the Cape Town sunshine with the Howzat Travellers to enjoy the morning of day two at Newlands as Stokes and Bairstow put on one of the best shows the games ever seen! A real ‘be there’ moment…“

David Wall

Tours Consultant

David became a member of the Howzat Travel team in 2018, helping with the launch of tours for a packed England touring schedule. He spends most of his time on the phone answering enquiries and speaking to customers regarding their tours. David has previously enjoyed roles in the cricket industry having worked in retail and also spent many years making and repairing cricket bats. Like Carl, he is a loyal member of Kegworth Town CC and enjoys Summer afternoons at his local club.

 

 

 

Bev O'Brien

Tours Administration

Bev is one of those people who just has a knack for organising! Having raised 3 children to adulthood and cared for many more souls in her previous careers as carer and nursery nurse she is someone you really appreciate having on your team when trying to achieve great things. Formerly the e-commerce manager at a lingerie boutique she knows a thing or two about complex stock taking and lends this skill to help ensure all the vital components of your tours are correct on the booking system and in your travel packs, with Bev you know all the t’s are crossed and the i’s dotted!
Preferring to lend her support from behind the scenes Bev also has other valuable skills in the culinary department where she ensures chocolate brownies, cake and flapjack see the Howzat Travel team through those marathon days of back to back telephone calls!

The rest of the team

The faces below will likely be familiar to Howzat Travel customers… meet our tour managers!

Des Newton

Maggi Gibson

David Stewart

Stephen Newman

Karen Newman

Nick Joyce

Ross Parry

Helen Brown

Phil Brown

Jenni Brown

Bob Buckler

Garth Ethleston

Gordon Bacon

Katy Hanby

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