Meet our team

The Owners

Tom Hawthorne Tom has worked in the coach industry for 20 years and has huge experience in all aspects of coach travel. He is passionate about his local community and is involved in various partnerships with local councils to improve passenger transport in Sussex. When not in the Office he is a keen Chelsea supporter and 5 a side footie player.


Gina Hawthorne Gina works alongside Tom and the Office team ensuring all coach bookings run smoothly. With her HR background she takes care of the drivers making sure they have everything they need to provide a professional service to you, our customers. Happiest with a cup of tea in her hand.

Desk Drivers

Angela Butler Angela is a travel expert and her customer service skills are second to none. She always goes that extra mile to ensure customers receive everything they need. Trained by British Airways, Angela has over 20 years’ experience in the travel industry and she is the one who will answer your call. A keen horse-rider and LeRoc dancer, Angela keeps just as busy out of office hours too!


nicNichola Baxter Nichola has worked in the travel industry for many years, mainly for Lunn Poly & American Express. She is the fittest person in the office by far – running many marathons each year, she puts us all to shame! Nic has lived all around the world including New Zealand and Bahrain, and we are very pleased to have her back in the UK as an essential part of our team.


Coach Drivers

Steve Matthews Super Steve is our operations supervisor and he works closely with Tom to ensure that everyone knows what they are doing day by day! He knows the job of a coach driver inside out and backwards and as well as driving he helps train and guide the rest of the team. His favourite pastime is playing with his grandchildren.


On the Road

All our drivers are professional, experienced and wear uniform. They have full CRB checks and have recently completed an NVQ in Passenger transport. They receive regular training in various aspects of their work to ensure their on-going professional competence. The latest training they have undertaken is SAFED – safe and fuel efficient driving. Our drivers are there to help you during your trip so please ask them for any assistance you need. We always welcome feedback about our drivers so please email us or call us if you have something to say.


Keeping us on the Road Tomasz is our on site mechanic and he keeps the coaches operational and safe. He is in the yard first thing helping the drivers to get the coaches up and out for the day’s work. He works closely with Steve to keep track of vehicles and minor glitches throughout the day. Mostly found under a coach, he is also sometimes out on the road behind the wheel.


RDH Commercials

As well as Tomasz our fleet is maintained to the highest standards by our sister company RDH Commercials in Lewes. If you have coaches, vans, horse boxes or cars in need of MOT or repair please contact them at www.rdhcommercials.co.uk. RDH Commercials is owned and operated by Martin Wise and Derek Hunnisett (Tom and Gina’s brother in law.)

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What you say...

“It was a nice change for the driver to be willing to wait for the less able to get off and give them assistance”

“I also found the driver very helpful and he held my arm and helped me down”

Local horticultural society

Both Colin and Richard were very helpful indeed and seemed to enjoy the week as well as rising to the challenge of driving in some pretty awful weather!

Brighton University – May 2012