What Richard does at
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 young daughters (Charlotte and Millie). Richard loves his golf and loves playing, especially with his 3 brothers and father whenever he can!
"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."
What Nick does at
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
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.
Mr Tickle the clown (this is actually Sophie’s favourite activity)
"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!"
What Annie does at
Annie works in the office throughout the year and is mostly involved in much of the administration XUK needs. Annie also help with marketing, talks to parents, oversees the equipment for the camps and spreads the word about XUK!!
What Annie does in her spare time:
Annie loves to explore different parts of the UK, dabbles in a bit of cooking and attempts a bit of exercise every now and again!
Evening activities – Annie loves that all activity groups come together – from murder mysteries to scavenger hunts! It’s such a great atmosphere!
What Rachael does at XUK:
Rachael works in our office throughout the year and looks after our marketing, updating our social media websites and writing blogs, keeping you up to date with what is happening in the world of XUK! She also talks to parents online and on the phone about her one of her favourite things in the world... camp!
What Rachael does in her spare time:
Rachael loves to travel with her camera to different cities and countries! She really enjoys going for a milkshake and dinner with friends. Rachael has recently taken up running and cannot wait to complete her first half marathon with her running buddies soon!
Favourite XUK Activity:
Outward Bounds - "I really enjoy taking sessions on the climbing wall, high ropes and low ropes. I particularly love the crate stack and watching children work as a team to reach a new camp record. After five years of XUK, my fear of heights has meant that I am yet to reach the top of the climbing wall, maybe this summer will be my year!"
What Peter does at XUK:
Peter, a qualified teacher, has worked on and off at our camps for 18 years! He currently shares teaching Classics at St Albans High School with overseeing the regulation and staffing 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 XUK Activity:
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!