Meet the Team

Who we are:

Smaller Earth doesn't just offer cultural exchange - it's at our foundation.

We're a global company, driven by our purpose and values - but it's the people behind it all who make Smaller Earth what it is. Those people come from all over the world, and they all bring something unique - a different background, a different personality, a different perspective. We consider this our strength - because employing people from different backgrounds and cultures allows us to connect with an equally diverse population in our work.

The Smaller Earth Way:

We are goal oriented. We are not afraid of change. We take responsibility for our actions. We challenge and question constructively. We appreciate and respect our differences. We recognise and reward achievements. We are aware of our impact on others.

  • 6 continents.
  • 16 Global Business Units.
  • 100+ full-time staff members.
Dave Robinson
Co-Founder & Group Chair

Dave is one of our company founders. He takes the lead on non-travel related business development opportunities, such as Sport Makers and Cleversteam. Born and bred in Liverpool, Dave co-launched Camp Leaders back in 1999, and has played an active part in the business ever since.

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Bastian Weinberger
CEO

Bastian has been with the company since 2007. His passion and drive has played a key part in the company’s global expansion and, as CEO, he takes overall responsibility for the success of Smaller Earth Group and incorporated brands.

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Iza Gyuricza
COO

As Chief Operations Officer, Iza's main responsibilities include all operational decisions, analysing data to evaluate how we as a company are performing, and overseeing our quest for marginal gains by improving and streamlining all of our operational processes.

Alex Fekete
Director of Sales

Alex has been with Smaller Earth since 2005. In 2014, he joined Group in the position of Director of Sales, where he is responsible for developing exciting new Smaller Earth programmes as well as overseeing the growth and success of current program sales.

Rob Burchell
Business Development Director

Rob works to support the growth, development and sustainability of our business units. He does this by sharing best practice, analysing trends and behaviours, and supporting staff in terms of self development.

Dean Maddocks
Head of Marketing

Head of Marketing, Dean Maddocks, leads a global digital marketing team, providing expertise and execution for country offices, sharing best practices and championing brand consistency. Dean's team cover all aspects of digital marketing including SEO, social media and content writing.

Natalie Brown
International Financial Controller

Natalie joined Smaller Earth Group in September 2017. After working in the finance sector for 15 years, Natalie joined us to work on a global level, across all of our business units. With a love of travel and passion for adventure, she's a great fit for the team!

Mike Peters
Head of Operations

As Head of Operations, Mike heads up an operational dream team who ensure that, on a daily basis, all operations are running smoothly, and decisions to improve and enhance staff and user experience are made and executed efficiently.

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