Meet the XUK team

Richard Bernstein is a director of XUK Camps
Richard Bernstein is a director of XUK Camps

Richard Bernstein - Director

What Richard does at XUK:
Richard started working at a local camp when he was at school. At 19, after training as a manager at Marks and Spencer, he wanted to run his own company and make a difference.

Richard believed passionately in kids getting the most out of their childhood and wanted all children to get the opportunities he did when he was young. At this point he decided to start Cross Keys, a camp that children adore because they can focus on their passions in a cosy, friendly and safe environment.

Richard works in our office all year round, planning camps, developing booking systems, recruiting staff, and manages XUK, our residential camp.

What Richard does in his spare time:
When he is not working, Richard spends as much time as he can with his wife Emma and 2 daughters (Charlotte and Millie). Richard loves his golf and loves playing, especially with his 3 brothers and father whenever he can!

Favourite activity at XUK:
Evening activities (when the camp is all together)

Richard's view:
"I consider myself very lucky. I work with fantastic people to make a real difference to children’s leisure time. When I was a boy I was fortunate enough to play lots of sport and always get involved in drama activities at school. I want all children to get the same opportunities I had, embrace activities and forge new friendships."

Nick Bernstein
Nick Bernstein

Nick Bernstein - Director

What Nick does at XUK:
Nick studied Japanese and Psychology at Durham University before training to become a chartered accountant. Nick concentrates on managing relationships with schools & parents. Nick looks after the day camps.

What Nick does in his spare time:
When not in the office, Nick loves spending time with his wife Karen, 3 daughters (Sophie, Kate & Laura) and son - James. Like Richard, Nick is also completely golf-mad, enjoys playing when he gets the chance, though spends more hours talking about golf than he does playing the game.

Favourite activity at XUK:
Mr Tickle the Clown (this is actually Sophie’s favourite activity)

Nick's view:
"I love the fact that all our hard work culminates in children having great experiences at our camps. We attract youngsters and teens from all round the local area for our day camps, and as far as Australia for XUK, our UK based residential camp.

If I can help be a positive influence on these children at the same time as working with my brother then that is a perfect working environment!"

Reece having fun with a water gun at summer XUK
Reece having fun with a water gun at summer XUK

Reece Nichol - Operations Manager

What Reece does at XUK:

Reece started XUK as a camper in 2010! He is now a crucial part of the team and looks after equipment, timetables, camp logistics and is on the management team of any camp he is at.

What Reece does in his own time:

Reece is a very active person. He loves anything to do with water - from swimming (he is a L2 teacher) to Kayaking! You'll also often find Reece in the West End watching Musicals with friends. And though it is difficult with a job, Reece loves to travel and spends a lot of time in cars, trains and aeroplanes visiting other cultures

Favourite activity at XUK:

"I love whole camp activities like the colour extravaganza & way of the warrior. This year I had most my fun at wet and wild when the sun was out and sheer joy from everyone - staff and campers - getting soaked was incredible."

Sonia Martinelli marketing at XUK
Sonia Martinelli marketing at XUK

Sonia Martinelli - Office & Marketing Manager

What does Sonia do at XUK?

Sonia has worked at our residential and day camps on and off for the past 7 years. She studied Industrial Design at University before joining us to oversee marketing and to help make sure bookings for camp run smoothly.

What does Sonia do in her spare time?

Sonia loves going on long distance walks and likes to spend as much time as possible out in nature, she also loves reading fiction books and playing board games with friends and family.

Favourite activity at XUK?

I love the bushcraft activities at camp like outdoor cookery and bridge building, they’re so fun and seeing the campers work together doing activities that they might not always have the chance to try outside of camp is so special.

Peter Northcroft works at XUK camps
Peter Northcroft works at XUK camps

Peter Northcroft - Regulation & Training

What Peter does at XUK:

Peter has worked on and off at our camps for 18 years! He has taught Classics for 15 years and currently oversees the regulation and training at XUK.

What Peter does in his spare time:

Peter enjoys running short and walking long distances, refereeing rugby matches (now his playing days are a distant memory), off-piste skiing, challenges for charity and naturally spending time with his wonderful family.

Favourite activity at XUK:

Talent shows – A time where children and staff can be whoever they want to be. Peter has a special act (called Boris) at the talent show so do ask him about it, if you dare!