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Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer
Neil grew up in Guildford in the South East of the UK and even from a young age was always looking for business opportunities, once putting up a sign on the driveway of the family home offering to iron clothes (of course ever the entrepreneur, Neil's intention was for the rest of his family to do the ironing, while he concentrated on sales!!!)
While studying at the University of Bath, he had work placements in two leading European Private Equity Companies which further cemented his wish to be on the entrepreneurial side of the table. A keen traveller, which certainly helps with the day job, Neil also loves anything that goes fast, playing sports and making sure he always has the latest gadgets and technology.
Co-founder, Business Development
James is originally from the Wirral in the UK but is now based in London. He loved his time at school and spent a gap year travelling all over Europe, Australia and New Zealand, which after all the travelling is still his favourite destination. Reluctantly returning home James chose the business course at the University of Bath with a slight intention of going into property once he had completed his degree.
A few work placements down the line and no real inspiration, he grasped the opportunity to work for himself and has been running the network with Neil ever since. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, skiing on both snow and water and any sort of racket sport.
Miles was born and brought up in the UK. Having spent a year in Brussels prior to going to university, he returned there after his studies, where he spent a further 5 years trying to work out what on earth the European Union was all about. Deciding that this was a thankless task, he moved down to Spain in 2000 where he got into web development and database-driven web applications in particular. Initially linked to the property sector, this work has more recently revolved around the travel industry. As the father of two young children, Miles isn't allowed any outside interests.
Search & Social
Adrian has been doing SEO for over 12 years - even before it was called SEO. Adrian’s involvement in the sector has been in all of its forms, varieties and flavours starting in the dotcom bubble, small to medium size ventures to big ecommerce sites. In addition, Adrian has been extensively involved in paid search and, more recently, social media. All these topics are converging as search engines and other platforms are getting more personal, multifaceted and interesting.
The majority of Adrian’s working life has been spent in the travel industry; most recently at Thomas Cook Group, Hotels.com (Expedia) and HomeAway Group. All of these roles covered multiple countries and languages. Adrian has been lucky enough to have travelled a fair amount (with many more adventures still to do).
He’s a keen skier, a scuba diver and motorcyclist. His adventures have included being caught up in hurricane Ivan while Barbados, walking safaris in Tanzania, diving in Thailand, beaching in Australia through to hosteling around mainland Europe. Today Adrian’s travelling has temporarily slowed down to more conventional holidays with his wife and 2 young children.
Roland moved to Spain from the UK in 1999 to bring up his children in a different environment to the UK, joining a family business of film services production. There followed a crash course by 100% immersion in full scale TV commercial shoot production. Roland has production managed complex shoots for spots, TV series, music videos and corporate films. Once the digital revolution took hold and film services imploded in Spain he seized the opportunity to set up the production house for Videojug.com in Spain in early 2006, one of the internet's earliest mass video producers. This experience convinced him that internet video was a brave new dawn, and he collaborated very early on with the first My Destination in franchise in Marbella, and the rest, as they say, is history. He has been developing the video offering full time for MD since April 2012.
Originally trained in the performing arts, Roland worked extensively as a performer, director, choreographer and teacher around the UK until moving to Spain to raise his family. The adventure continues.
Roland enjoys tackling the massive Spanish landscape on his mountain bike, and photographing it whenever possible.
Nick was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but moved to southern Spain at an early age along with his family. Having lived here for most of his life and having finished schooling in Marbella, Nick is practically fluent in Spanish and is comfortable to call this great place home. His interests are in sports, such as tennis, cycling, skiing and quadding, but mainly anything to do with computers or electronic gadgets!
Towards the end of his study years, still unsure of where he was going career-wise, Nick was introduced to graphic design through a friend of his and found an interest straight away. He has been with My Destination since February '08.
Raj has been in sales and marketing for as long as he can remember. His first taste of these commercial disciplines came when he took a part-time job with a national home improvements company at the tender age of just sixteen and within six months became the number one sales consultant within the company.
He has worked for Royal Mail, DHL and even ran his own businesses. However along came an opportunity for Raj to enter the world of franchising and take on his first senior management role as head of franchise development for a media company, where he grew the global franchisee network from 32 to 83 international partnerships within just three years.
So when the opportunity to take on a similar role at My Destination was presented to him, it was too good to miss. In his spare time, Raj likes nothing more than spending quality time with his wife, three year old daughter and the family sausage dog Alfie. He's also a self-taught chef in north-Indian cuisine and so is often found in his kitchen creating mouth-watering curries!
"If at some point you don't ask yourself, 'What have I gotten myself into?' then you're not doing it right" - Roland Gau