Andy has spent the majority of his career advising SMEs and entrepreneurs on strategies for growth and improving performance. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters qualification in Business Management. Since joining Podpads he has overseen a period of significant expansion, and has professionalised all aspects of the business.
Charlie comes from a site management and logistics background and has 10 years experience in the festival industry. He oversees the delivery of the operations at around 50 festivals each year.
Dawn provides front of house customer service and is the first point of contact for our guests. In 2018 Podpads provided accommodation for 16,000 customers.
Ali manages Podpads' finances. With the company growing at an ever expanding rate, solid financial management is essential to the organisation. Ali is currently working towards becoming a qualified accountant.
Lizzie provides administrative and operational support year round.
Daniel manages the stock and crew at Podpads' warehouses, ensuring the products are refurbished and reloaded before each festival season.
Henry is a qualified woodworker and runs Podpads' workshop, repairing and maintaining the stock, as well as working on new products and innovations.
Dean, Jimmy, Zac, Emma, Katy, Oli, Harry, Annie, Jordan, Reuben, Josh and Matt all currently work on the maintenance and refurbishment of the products, as well as working on the production of new stock.
In 2018 approximately 200 site crew were involved in delivering 50 glamping sites accross the UK and Europe.
Roland had the original Podpad idea when he announced in the pub one evening in June 2004 "This year I'm going to build a house from wood" (at Glastonbury Festival).
Having seen the results of Roland’s idea in 2004 and the interest surrounding the Podpads at The Bandstand backstage at Glastonbury, Robbie took the accommodation to market and developed the concept into today's business.
“Great hair straighteners!”
“We didn't want to waste time with setting up a tent and having to take it back down again!”
“For a little extra comfort and luxury.I have spoken to some friends about octopads in the future or for festivals when taking the children.”
“Thank you so much for our fantastic 1st time family festival. The comforts of the Octopads made it extra special. We are looking forward to returning next year.”
“The main reason for choosing Podpads was ease, not having to carry, put up and take down our own tent in the rain and knowing our belongings would be safe and dry.”
“Wonderful, so nice to get a decent night sleep on a bed and be able to charge phones.”