Meet the team
As a four-strong team, we all oversee different areas of the festival, working to our strengths, each of us bringing our unique skills and talents to the table.
Charlie organised the first festival with Ellie in 2016. She works for an adventure travel company in Bristol as Head of Analytics & Insight, and is also a freelance outdoor & events photographer. When she isn't working, she loves sea cliffs, mountains, & sport climbing in the sunshine. She is currently converting a big yellow Sprinter, Ringo, into a mobile climbing home (@climbingvan).
Ellie hatched the idea for Women’s Trad Festival while climbing at Gogarth on the Women’s International Meet. She is currently studying a masters in Nature-Based Education at Sheffield Hallam and is completing her Forest School Leader Training. She works an instructor at the Foundry, is a bushcraft & nature-connection facilitator, and also works as a freelance writer in the outdoor industry. In her freetime, Ellie loves hunting out adventurous trad climbs on sea-cliffs and mountains, spending time in the woods, and swimming naked in any lakes she can find.
Gilly has been part of the WTF team since its 2nd year. She has worked in the outdoor industry for over 20 years, and is now a freelance artist and illustrator alongside working for DMM Climbing. She also does a range of creative, film and consultant work in the outdoor industry and beyond around climbing and wild swimming. When not working, she is a passionate advocate of cold water swimming and its mental health benefits. Look out for her in a frozen icy tarn high up in the hills of the Lake District in midwinter! She is also a part of the Wonderful Wild Women tribe (@wonderfulwildwomen).
Hetty joined the Women's Trad Festival team in 2018, having previously supported the festival through her role at Rab. 9 to 5 she runs and manages the independent research project Women in Adventure. This is currently investigating how and to what extent the outdoors impacts the lives and mental wellbeing of women who participate in adventure sports (read more here). When not working, she can typically be found running up hills, jumping in cold rivers, falling off her bike or faffing around with climbing gear!