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Meet The Team

Pauline Black

Travel Trade Director

After 6 years in the Optical Industry Pauline finally managed to put her Tourism degree to good use. She loves the fact that no day is ever the same, the ups and downs and the satisfaction you get from helping customers. She loves mucking in with the rest of the team and getting creative with new tour ideas and destinations. Away from work she enjoys keeping fit but also has a real passion for food and its her number one subject to discuss with the team.

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Fiona Beaton

Account Manager

Fiona has been working as part of the sales team at Classic Britain for 11 years now and with no day being the same finds the office a vibrant and exciting place to work. She is a local lass staying only a 10 minute walk from work so no excuse to be late! She enjoys socialising with friends and busting the odd move on the dance floor of a weekend. Fiona has the art of “blethering” down to a tee which certainly helps her in her sales role. Fiona's main roles are looking after some of Classic's key clients as well as our growing number of UK private groups.

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Claire Crawford

Attractions Supervisor

Claire has a real passion for all things Scotland but It’s beaches and bays are her passion. Mull holds a special place in Claires heart where she spends as much time as she can there. She has a real love for designer bags and her favourite cocktail is a Margharita. If Claire isn’t exploring the homeland, she’s jetting off to enjoy the sun, ticking off some lovely destinations over the last few years.

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Steph McInnes

Account Manager

After 6 years in the drinks industry Stephanie decided it was time for a change, she joined us here at Classic Britain in August 2021 and its like she’s always been here. Her bright and bubbly personality means it's never quiet when she’s around. Away from work she enjoys keeping fit and spending quality time with her family and not to forget her beloved sausage dog Toby.

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Clare McFadden

Overseas Travel Trade Manager

Clare joined the team in 2023 after 23 years with David Urquhart Travel where she gained her passion for the Coach Travel industry. Her knowledge and skills have become a real asset to the team, and she has recently taken on the role of Overseas Travel Trade Manager, and she has been like a duck to water. Clare has a passion for travel in her own time, loves socialising with friends and family and interestingly owns over 50 pairs of trainers.

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Stacey Whitters

Room List Supervisor

Stacey started her time with the company in reservations, but she’s become a welcome addition to the groups department coordinating the rooming lists. Her attention to detail is second to none. Another big character who loves to spend time with her family but also loves socialising, dancing, and general good fun. Stacey is famously a very fussy eater.

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Mark Simpson

Managing Director

After studying Tourism, Mark went into a Customer care focused role with Zurich, reaching a managerial level. In 2009 Mark brought his skill set to Classic and has since then worked in all departments, with his focus very much on the customer satisfaction journey. On the retirement of his father in 2021, Mark took on the mantle of MD, bringing fresh ideas to take the business forward.

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Holly Paton

Digital Marketing

Holly is one of the more seasoned digital marketers. Holly’s duties involve Facebook Marketing as well as designing our highly successful email campaigns for our Groups department. Holly is also very apt at our Vlogs, and just loves to stay and review our hotels, which can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

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Anne-Marie Speirs


Anne Marie started with Classic in 2004 and has a pivotel place in the business having worked in Reservations, Groups and fooor the past 8 years or so has taken on the mantle of looking after the moneyside of our group business. If you have any queries relating to your invoice then Anne Marie is the person you will most likely speak with. She has a meticulous work ethic and nobody can file quite like Anne Marie

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Richard Spiers

Financial Controller

Our number cruncher and computer fixer who has been with the company for over 20 years now. Whether there is a bill to be paid or a computer to be fixed, Richard will always be on hand to help with a smile on his face!

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Andrew Simpson


After leaving University Andrew trained in hotel management with Thistle & Stakis Hotels becoming a Hotel Manager for a 120 bed hotel in the Highlands. It was here Andrew was introduced to the Coach holiday market and for the following 16 years learnt the trade. In 1996 Andrew took the leap of faith and started Classic and has loved every minute of the journey. Sadly, after 50 years in the hotel and tourism business, the time came for me to take a back seat a step away from the business. Retirement is a time to start ticking things off the bucket list - one being flying in a Spitfire, which was amazing especially the victory role.

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Claire Macnair

Commercial Director

Claire has been with Classic Britain for over 12 years now, with her career prior to that still being very much anchored in travel and tourism. Her love of travel is only over-shadowed by her love of spreadsheets with no query too big that a formula can’t solve! She’s also a fairly keen cook with her legendary annual Easter dinner menu being a thing of beauty – and most plates are empty by the end! When not partying at the weekends she likes to spend time on the beautiful beaches of North Berwick.

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Rebecca McKenzie

Hotel Product Manager

Meet Rebecca, the newest addition to the Classic product team. Before diving into the world of sales, Rebecca was a key member of our reservations team, ensuring smooth breaks for our loyal customers. When she's not busy being the go-to contact for hotels, Rebecca loves indulging in a caramel macchiato and exploring the latest interior trends at local home stores. Weekends are all about family time for her, filled with lots of love and laughter!

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