Meet the Team
It all started in 2013 with a typical January health-kick – a couple of mums on the school run deciding to go for a daily walk once the kids were out of the way. Walking together included lots of chit-chat, the chatting slowly took precedence and was accompanied by coffees rather than walks (well it’s dangerous walking when icy underfoot!)
A year later and the Felltarn Friends: Lake District Adventures book was published (I swear there was something in that coffee that spurred us on), and now we have an ever expanding range of products, and offer a graphic design service too.
In 2014, we were the runners-up in the LAKELAND BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS, and we have since won two ENTERPRISE VISION AWARDS – in 2017 for BEST CREATIVE INDUSRTY, and in 2018 for BEST SMALL BUSINESS. These accolades are incredible and we are massively grateful to each and every person who has helped, advised, encouraged and supported us along the way.
Felltarn Friends has recently grown up and evolved to become ‘Felltarn’ and focus more on gifts, greetings cards and homewares. Our graphic design service has been employed up and down the UK to produce numerous Town Trails for Business Improvement Districts.
We are proud to showcase the Felltarn brand as a distinctive and award winning Cumbrian success story.
Amy grew up in Kendal and moved around the UK before returning to Kendal. Her 3 children are enough to keep her busy, however when the idea sprung to mind to set up Felltarn with Claire, it was a no brainer to just go for it! With a background in sales, psychology and a bit of financial ‘stuff’ as well as a love of books, Amy brings quite a collection of skills to the team. She is usually the first port-of-call for enquiries to the business, and has even had a go at the creative side of things with her ‘Done. By Amy’ range of greetings cards (one of which is now an outright bestselling Felltarn card – as she likes to remind everyone. Well, it does feature Gin!)
Claire has creativity literally oozing from her fingertips! An experienced and talented graphic designer (for more years than I’m allowed to mention), Claire brought herself and her artistic talents over to Cumbria from Johannesburg – and thank goodness she did! Now a self-declared Lake District Lover, the National Park has been feeding her inspiration and is the driving force behind the Felltarn brand. Pretty much every aspect of Felltarn’s craft, design, marketing – all the visual and creative stuff, is down to Claire’s expert talent for doing, drawing, making and creating.
Originally from Bedfordshire, Rebecca relocated to Cumbria with her family over 12 years ago. As a fellow creative, Rebecca’s main role at Felltarn is to support Claire in her quest for art, craft and design perfection. She is also a local mum with 2 fabulous boys and is an expert in juggling a multitude of roles from teaching assistant to cosmetics brand ambassador as well as her time brainstorming with Claire.
Shannon is a shareholder in Felltarn Friends and a research genius. She moved from South Africa to England 14 years ago and has made the Cotswolds her home. She helps remotely with our research and development and manages to hold down a full time job! She is an integral part of the team and has creative and practical input into the business.