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Meet the team

A ‘cohort’ is a gang of people having a shared experience and our team is a gang of people sharing an experience so…

Meet Cohort Hostel’s cohort

Dan & Lee Strickland, Owners

Constantly smiling, occasionally at loggerheads, meet Lee & Dan Strickland, husband and wife and owners of Cohort Hostel.

That’s Lee – almost continually on the phone, she deals with groups, schools, marketing and finance. Dan is the manager of Cohort Hostel, running ops, renovations and almost entirely focused on building stuff and working toward a plastic free St Ives.

Favourite destination: India (Dan); Argentina (Lee)

David Baker, Asst. Manager

Meet legendary Asst. Manager David (you can call him Dave, he won’t mind). Supremely well travelled and very friendly you’d be hard pushed to find a country Dave hasn’t been to and he’s worked in hostels all over the world.

Surfer, gym bunny, motorbike rider and lover of all things spicy Dave has often been out in the ocean before most of us have had our morning coffee.

Favourite destinations: New Zealand, Japan & Colombia

Adriana Newton, Receptionist

Originally from Krupina in Slovakia Adriana is our receptionist extraordinaire. Adriana actually started her life in St Ives at Cohort Hostel, living here for a few weeks while she looked for a permanent residence – that was 5 years ago.

She wants you to know that she can’t live without chocolate (hint hint) and is haunted by horror films for weeks so no watching them on Netflix when she’s here please!

Favourite destination: Peru

Caroline Turnbull, Receptionist

Caroline moved to St Ives 12 years ago and despite “trying” to get away on a few occasions the pull of the ocean kept bringing her back.

A big part of the community down here Caroline runs the exceptional Farmers Market in the Guildhall and can often be found loitering by the noodles.

She’s a keen netballer and gardener and best of all loves a good chat so tap her up for top St Ives tips when you check in.

Favourite destination: Indonesia

Laura Luing, Cleaning Wizard

Born and bred in Cornwall Laura can be seen dashing around the back roads of the county in her blue van; stopping occasionally to do a bit of gardening.

She loves unusual instruments (like, really unusual!), progressive rock, ales and rat babies – ask her nicely and she’ll show the film of her incredible jumping rat! Don’t talk to her about baking, Boris Johnson or maths, none of which she likes.

Favourite destination: Cuba

Franzi Reichert, Housekeeping

Originally from Germany Franzi can be found anywhere else except there and this is her second season with us at Cohort.

A born nomad she is happiest with a snowboard, surfboard or piece of chocolate in her hand but don’t take it away from her because she won’t be happy!

She’s in Cornwall because she loves being by the sea and loves Cohort – of course!

Favourite destination: Abel Tasman NP in New Zealand & Portugal

Phoebe Young, Housekeeping

Currently studying English Lit & French at Warwick Uni, Phoebe is spending part of her hols with us to be by the sea and learn how to surf.

When she’s not reading, in the sea, or working you might pass her out on a run, doing yoga on the beach…. or just staring and smiling at all the dogs in St Ives.

She loves travelling and tea and really (really) dislikes plastic – she’s totally in the right place here then!

Favourite destination: New Zealand

Antonin Peignier, Housekeeping

Originally from a small (apparently boring) city not far from Paris, Antonin is in St Ives to improve his surfing.

He just graduated from business school but the office life didn’t appeal so he’s taking some time out to think about next steps and possibly stow away on a sailing boat to cross the Atlantic.

He loves photography, travel and has settled into St Ives super quickly.

Favourite destination: Japan

Laura Milon, Overnight staff

Born in Toulouse, France Laura is in St Ives to practice her English, surfing, yoga and hang by the ocean.

You can often find her upside down in the Chill Out area of the lounge and if you ask very nicely she’ll take you through some yoga moves.

She’s so sweet that when asked if there was anything she didn’t like she couldn’t think of anything…

Favourite destination: Asturias, Spain

Thomas Barrere, Overnight staff

Thomas is from Perpignon originally but is happiest being a nomad in a campervan.

A trained lifeguard and manic surfer, conditions have to be awful for him not to be out in the ocean. He’s with us for the summer but not a fan of English food, concrete or – very specifically – jelly! We’ve got 6 months to convert him!

Favourite destination: Anywhere in a van

Work for Cohort

If you’re keen to see your face on this page then drop us a line with your available dates, what you’re looking for and details of any relevant experience. We welcome volunteers and staff from all over the world and are already recruiting for 2020.

Send an email to Daniel Strickland on

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Pod dorm beds from £23/person/night
Private rooms from £36/night
Triple rooms from £72/night
Family rooms from £117.30/night

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