Back in 2004 there were three. The original Podpadders - Roland, Robbie and Tim - had regularly attended festivals in the past, usually in a working or performing capacity. Prior to the launch of the Podpad at Glastonbury 2005 the team had been working together backstage at the Bandstand at the heart of the Glastonbury Marketplace, setting up the sound desk, lock-up, changing rooms and other useful areas.
A professional woodworker and an amateur filmmaker, Roland lives near Bath with his ever-patient partner and a veritable family of pets and rescued wildlife. It was Roland who had the original Podpad idea, when he unexpectedly announced in the pub one evening in June 2004 ~ "This year, I am going to build a house from wood (at Glastonbury Festival)".
Less than 12 hours later, the Podpadders were on the phone to one another, agreeing what a great idea it was, and so the Podpad was hatched...
A Project Manager in a previous life, Robbie lives in Bath with his equally patient partner and 3 daughters. He had worked on many exhibitions and events both in the UK and mainland Europe. Now the three daughters whilst flying the nest work with him and are an essential part of the Podpads team, managing Receptions throughout the summer. Having seen the results of Roland’s idea in 2004 and the interest surrounding the Podpads at Glastonbury - it was Robbie who saw the opportunity to take the accommodation to market and share the Podpadding experience with others.
Dawn is the first point of contact for our guests, answering queries and updating the website as festival season approaches. She works on the website, keeping our orders in order, and generally manages the website bookings - Top notch Podpads service.
Dan manages the warehouses and keeps our stock in order. Working year round he keeps the shelves stacked, the warehouses tidy, and makes sure the products are ready to go before they're sent out on the road for a summer of festivals.
Henry joined the Team back in 2010 working in the workshop by day and cheffing by night. Having had a lot of onsite experience, Henry made the transition from qualified chef to qualified woodworker and now runs the Podpads workshop, developing, refining, repairing and maintaining, as well as working on new product innovations. Henry is an essential member of the Podpads Team, and is our general builder / fixer / carpenter.
Koli, Deano, Jimmy, Zac. Without these guys in the barn over winter there would be no Podpads in the fields in the summer. From September to May, this hard-core Barn Crew work relentlessly in frosty conditions to refurbish, redecorate, and build new stock ready for the summer.
Never underestimated and too many to credit by name, these lads and lasses are the core of the Podpads operation in the fields.
It may seem like great fun attending festivals all summer - and let’s be honest, it is - but the graft our crew put into the season is not to be taken lightly. Its probably the best summer these guys ever have, but also one of the hardest. Forging great friendships and working as a close-knit family totally committed to one another and the Podpads cause, the crew are what makes the wheels keep turning. Without the crew there would be no Podpads in the fields!
Ali works in the finance department along-side Andy, helping with general day to day financial tasks and organisation. Even with a small business like Podpads, there are always hundreds of invoices, payments, shipments and orders to be made.
Charlie takes care of the planning, scheduling, scheming and organising, overseeing and orchestrating the delivering of the operation as a whole. He oversees and manages the products, stock levels, logistics, maintenance and repairs, as well as developing new and exciting additions to the product range. Working with a great team in the barn, office, and fields, together we ensure the smooth delivery of Podpads accommodation to around 50 festivals and 16000 guests each year.
Andy manages the finances of the business, keeping the spending in check and deciding where best to invest. With the company growing at an ever expanding rate, a solid and well organised financial plan is essential to the organisation and growth of the business.
“I preferred the security and cleanliness of the whole camping area and if I go to Glastonbury again next year I shall be booking with Podpads”
“Great staff, very helpful!”
“We are festival virgins so we thought we would do it in style”
“With 2 children the pods were better as we had more room”
“New to camping so opted for glamping for convenience.”
“I needed a plug socket & this was ready & waiting for me. Everyone was so helpful & happy. Thank you!”