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Every single holiday home is visited and approved by the Tots Team to give you peace of mind when you book. As parents, we also know that finding and booking a holiday is a stressful and time consuming process which is why we have a team of Holiday Heroes dedicated to saving you time and stress by matching you to exactly the right property for you and your family.

Join us: Visiting and approving holiday homes has been described by Practical Parenting magazine as a "dream" role! If you're interested in finding out more please click the pink button on the right which will take you to a new page.

Now, come and meet the team...

Wendy Shand

Wendy Shand

Founder & Director

Age 37 years
Star sign Pisces (creative and at times a bit dippy!)
What's your guilty pleasure? Lindt 70% Dark Chocolate and Marmite on toast
Hobbies? Yoga and gardening
   
How many children do you have? 3
Names and ages? Barnaby 10, Maisy 8 and Monty 3
Best thing about being a mum? The unexpected cuddles
Most challenging thing about being a mum? Packed lunches – providing a healthy variety of food that everyone will happily eat is just sheer torture! Marmite sandwiches anyone..?
   
Where are you based? Tots HQ in Lincolnshire
What do you like best about your area? I love the countryside and pretty villages combined with the fact that we are still pretty accessible.
Rob Shand

Rob Shand

Director

Age 38 years
Star sign Aries
What's your guilty pleasure? Nespresso capsules!
Hobbies? Classical and Jazz Piano
   
How many children do you have? 3
Names and ages? Barnaby 10, Maisy 8 and Monty 3
Best thing about being a dad? The hugs
Most challenging thing about being a dad? Trying to do it all and stay sane!
   
Where are you based? Tots HQ in Lincolnshire
What do you like best about your area? The unspoilt rurality is really special. And Stamford is a very lovely place to work.
Richard Carrick

Richard Carrick

Tots non-executive director

Age 59 years
Star sign Gemini
What's your guilty pleasure? Sports cars
Hobbies? Travel, food & wine, running, music & hi fi
   
How many children do you have? 1
Names and ages? Jenny - 27
Best thing about being a dad? being proud of what they achieve & become
Most challenging thing about being a dad? Providing advice & direction that's not perceived as being paranoid & controlling
   
Where are you based? Wimbledon
What do you like best about your area? Running & cycling on Wimbledon Common & in Richmond Park.
Penny

Penny

European Property Manager and Tots Mum for West France

Age 47
Star sign Taurus, although I had to Google it, and apparently I am a typical Taurean, down to earth, determined and patient.
What's your guilty pleasure? First day back to school after the summer hols, good book and pool to myself
Hobbies? Reading, Gardening (fair weather), DIY and my ipod.
   
How many children do you have? 2
Names and ages? Jake 18 and Lucy 13
Best thing about being a mum? Playdough, paint and gloop, getting messy together
Most challenging thing about being a mum? Having to put away the above and allow them some independence, freedom and access to my computer.
   
Where are you based? Charente just north of Angouleme
What do you like best about your area? Stunning countryside with lots of hidden unexpected treasures. Good food and Pineau.
Jen

Jen

Tots Director of Creativity

Age 39
Star sign Virgo
What's your guilty pleasure? Reese’s Peanut Butter cups
Hobbies? Theatre, films, trips to London and a long list of stuff I want to pick up again…at some point!
   
How many children do you have? 2
Names and ages? Ellie 8 and Zach 4
Best thing about being a mum? Hearing them giggle uncontrollably
Most challenging thing about being a mum? Challenging: Keeping on top of who needs to be where, at what time, with what gear
   
Where are you based? Tots HQ Stamford Lincs
What do you like best about your area? The lovely countryside and all the great shops and places to eat in and around Stamford
Jonathan

Jonathan

Host Support Team and Sales

Age 29 years
Star sign Capricorn
What's your guilty pleasure? Red wine and spicy nacho cheese dip
Hobbies? Reading, writing and Mediterranean food.
   
How many children do you have? Uncle to a nephew and niece.
Names and ages? Matilda 5, Barnaby 2
Best thing about being an uncle? teaching and laughing with them
Most challenging thing about being an uncle? Not spoiling them too much
   
Where are you based? Stamford, Lincs
What do you like best about your area? The real pubs, the real people and the countryside, perfect for long walks after a lovely meal.
Anna B

Anna B

Tots mum for Portugal

Age 35
Star sign Taurus (practical, generous and stubborn!)
What's your guilty pleasure? My husband's very oily garlic prawns
Hobbies? Tennis, cinema, drawing, a good book...all things I don't have time for now!
   
How many children do you have? 2
Names and ages? Eva and Elise
Best thing about being a mum? The fuzzy feeling inside when she accomplishes something new and flashes me a huge grin. And the impromptu fits of mutual giggles!!
Most challenging thing about being a mum? Being on call 24/7/52
   
Where are you based? Estoril, Portugal
What do you like best about your area? The cobbled, tree-lined streets, dotted with beautiful, traditional mansion houses. Plus we're a stone's throw from the seaside, bustling resort towns, a world heritage site and natural park! What more could you ask for?
Wendy J

Wendy J

Tots Mum for Languedoc, Aveyron and Pyrenees

Age 41
Star sign Virgo
What's your guilty pleasure? Reading magazines... drool...
Hobbies? www.BritsNimes.com, Cross Stitch, Cycling, Gardening, Reading, Blogging (Goodness, I sound boring...)
   
How many children do you have? 2
Names and ages? Alicia 4, Eloise 3 months
Best thing about being a mum? Those funny things that your 4 year old says...
Most challenging thing about being a mum? Once your toddler learns to say no, trying to get them to do something they don't want to do. (and trying not to reply 'because I said so').
   
Where are you based? Lunel, Herault (right in the middle of the South of France) 10 mins from the Med beaches, 25 mins from Montpellier & Nimes.
What do you like best about your area? Being only 10 mins from the beach, 1 hour from the mountains and being so close to Montpellier which is fab. In May we have the most amazing wild flowers - absolute blankets of poppies which nobody sees as everybody insists on taking their holiday in July & August - come to the Languedoc in May - it's much the best time to come!
Anna C

Anna C

Tots Mum for Home Counties and East of England

Age 37
Star sign Scorpio
What's your guilty pleasure? A massage or facial! and lovely girly catch ups over a glass of wine
Hobbies? Squash, dancing, reading, and being abit of a foodie
   
How many children do you have? 2
Names and ages? Esme 6, Louie 3
Best thing about being a mum? The glorious cuddles and my 3 year old son's chat up lines- such as "mum, you're so gorgeous...smell me" (anything to avoid going to bed!)
Most challenging thing about being a mum? the very early mornings and refereeing the squabbling!
   
Where are you based? Hertfordshire
What do you like best about your area? Semi rural with history, countryside and farms on the doorstep and a very social yummy mummy crowd!
Lindsay

Lindsay

Tots Mum based near Malaga in Andalucia/Costa del Sol

Age 34
Star sign Leo (explains a lot!)
What's your guilty pleasure? Rupert Penry-Jones in Spooks (can't we do a JR on him??)
Hobbies? Gardening, swimming and visiting as many of the fabulous local fiestas as possible!
   
How many children do you have? 1
Names and ages? Sky 7
Best thing about being a mum? Bursting into giggles together over some silliness or other, & weekend lie-in cuddles.
Most challenging thing about being a mum? I often wonder why they don't come with a 'how-to' manual! Our biggest challenge is learning to ignore strange noises from the neighbouring apartments at silly-o-clock when you have the most over-active 7 year-old imagination going! (DR Who is on a permanent ban, did someone get the scheduling wrong on that one??)
   
Where are you based? Just moved from Playamar in Torremolinos to Benalmadena/Arroyo de la Miel
What do you like best about your area? I love the view from my balcony, I look over three luxury villas (with envy), plenty of green trees (which I really miss about England), and a resident peacock!
Helen J

Helen J

Tots Auntie for the Algarve

Age 46
Star sign Gemini (versatile, rational and adventurous)
What's your guilty pleasure? Saturday morning coffee with the paper in a cafe in town
   
How many children do you have? Aunt to two nephews
Names and ages? Joseph now 19 and Simon 17
Best thing about being a aunt? Luckily we lived close to our nephews throughout their childhood - their birthday parties are big highlights and seeing their personalities emerge was fascinating, especially when away from their parents.Most challenging thing about being an aunt - remembering to stick to the rules (most of the time).
   
Where are you based? Lagos, in the Western Algarve
What do you like best about your area? The Algarve is a great location for holidays in all seasons as there's so much to do here. I love Lagos because it's still a real Portuguese town which manages its tourism well alongside everyday life. Lagos old town is fascinating and we are spoilt with the number of beautiful beaches on our doorstep. I love the warmer climate, the outdoor life and the buzz of the busy season plus the calmness of the winter months. The best things are the clean air, the friendliness of the locals, the beach on the doorstep, the smell of the orange groves plus the infinite choice of good Portuguese wines.
Amelia

Amelia

Tots Mum UK based but happy to whizz everywhere

Age 34
Star sign Aries (Energetic, pioneering and enthusiastic)
What's your guilty pleasure? A hot Jo Malone bath with a glass of red wine (or Champagne!), sea salt chocolate and my latest book club read.
Hobbies? Music, Shopping, Eating Out, Travelling, Anything with my friends and/or children
   
How many children do you have? 2
Names and ages? George (5) and Beatrice (2)
Best thing about being a mum? The laughter, the cuddles, the very cute quotes that come out of their mouths. And the pride I feel pretty much all the time.
Most challenging thing about being a mum? Patience!
   
Where are you based? Kingston, Surrey
What do you like best about your area? Richmond Park, the Thames and being able to walk to John Lewis in 10 minutes along the river!
Lauren

Lauren

PR, Marketing & Sales Executive

Age 23
Star sign Scorpio
What's your guilty pleasure? Rosè wine and Carrot Cake
Hobbies? American TV dramas, watching films and writing
   
How many children do you have? Auntie to 8 nieces and nephews
Names and ages? Harvey 8, Izzy 6, Max 6, James 4, Amelie 3, Evie 1, Ethan 1 & Oliver 3 months.
Best thing about being a auntie? Having loads of fun together, cuddles and being able to watch Disney films!
Most challenging thing about being an auntie? Buying Christmas presents!
   
Where are you based? Stamford, Lincolnshire
What do you like best about your area? The location, boutiques & coffee shops.
Alex

Alex

Product, Traffic and Conversion Executive

Age 22
Star sign Scorpio
What's your guilty pleasure? The TV show Man vs Food. Although I’m not sure I feel that guilty about it...
Hobbies? Lots of tennis, lots of football, a mix of music and does being a foodie count as a hobby?
   
How many children do you have? None – I do have a three year old nephew though.
Names and ages? Harry, age 3
Best thing about being an uncle? There are a lot of things to choose from, but I’d have to say the hours spent playing with all his exciting toys! That and the look on his face at Christmas and his birthday now that he understands what they mean.
Most challenging thing about being an uncle? Trying not to laugh at those naughty but funny things that young kids do, particularly if his mum and dad are trying to tell him off! Where are you based? Stamford in Lincolnshire
   
What do you like best about your area? What’s not to like about living in the Times’ best place to live in Britain?
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