In March 2011 the Hyde Barker family retired from the running of their long established Travel Agency business (The oldest in the East Midlands founded in 1948) and passed ownership to Barbara Cray and John Lightwood, both of whom have considerable experience in the Travel Industry. Barbara and John are delighted to have the opportunity of continuing an independent high street travel agency with a tradition of providing excellent personal service, but with a new and expanding range of individual and specialist holidays.
Always excited by travel and likes nothing better than discovering new places. Peru, Australia, New Zealand, China, Morocco, Chile, Costa Rica and South Africa are just a few of the places she has visited. Previously, a founder director of the successful family cycling holiday company ‘Freewheel Holidays’ she is now managing director of Hyde Barker Travel and in her spare time enjoys gardening, music, reading and of course, travel.
Has been working as a travel retailer for 40 years. Remains as enthusiastic about the travel industry as ever and committed to the same high level of customer service which has been the hallmark of Hyde Barker Travel. Always aware of the latest holiday products available, talk to him about your holiday aspirations and individual requirements. In this spare time most interested in researching family history and a keen supporter of the National Trust.
Has explored the world over and led tours in Europe, Australasia and North America. New Zealand is almost a second home. Director of Silver Fern Holidays he is our top New Zealand expert. Make an appointment with John and plan your trip of a lifetime, in our Kiwi lounge. Enjoys walking, cycling, badminton and trying to keep up with his young teenage daughter.
A previous manager of Reader Holidays at the Newark Advertiser, she has been with Hyde Barker over 8 years. Gemaine has a huge amount of expertise in the travel industry and knowledge of a wide range of destinations, having travelled widely in Australia and Canada. She is good at finding that perfect holiday and taking care of the small details. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, swimming and attending motor racing events.
A very experienced financial manager with particular expertise in the travel industry. She works very hard in the back office keeping things running smoothly. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, gardening, DIY and reading.