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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 3 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

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

Fee Stidwell, Receptionist

Lover of the ocean and clean beach evangelist Fee has just got back from India and is working with us for the summer.

Cornish born and bred (so no doubt the best person to get top tips from) Fee loves anything to do with design, from graphics and illustration to welding steampunk style furniture.

Ask her for the secret of the perfect ‘toad-in-the-hole’ or just ask her what that is if you’re not sure!

Favourite destination: Kerala, India

Ben Newman, Housekeeping

Originally from Birmingham, Ben joins us fresh from Aston University where he just graduated in Business. He runs triathlons, is a singer/songwriter (check out his work here) and used to work for the police training dogs.

He dislikes laziness and loves surfing… he also has the biggest hands you’ve ever seen and massive feet (yes, he’s single!). On his day off you can find him in the water on Porthmeor Beach or just hanging out in our courtyard. [Photo by Floyd Norton].

Favourite destination: Port Douglas, Australia

Nick Buxton, Night staff

Nick’s from Derbyshire but has been residing in the Czech Republic and London before arriving in Cornwall via a 13 month travel trip. As a photographer he has worked for big, British fashion labels as well developing his own work.

His list of likes includes sitting down in the shower, dogs and travelling (of course), at the same time he is scared of slugs and not a fan of London or social media.

Favourite destinations: He couldn’t choose a favourite destination but managed to narrow it down to an area… Honduras, Bolivia and Patagonia (anywhere in Latin America)


Madison Rutledge, Housekeeping

Madison is originally from Montana however since making travel a priority she considers herself to have homes all over the world… a real global citizen.

She was drawn to Cornwall because of its natural beauty and loves yoga, meeting new people and spending time at the beach. Amazingly the only thing that gets on her nerves is food that’s served too hot to eat… but then maybe she hasn’t been here long enough to get annoyed at the dawn chorus from the seagulls!

Favourite destinations: Ireland and Hawaii


Ruthie James, Housekeeping

Ruthie is from Cheltenham and was staying here as a guest for a couple of months before she got roped into our team.

Dopey (her word!), loyal and super upbeat and friendly you can find her in the middle of a crowd or just hanging out in our lounge. She came to St Ives to be by the sea and write poetry; she did not come down here to eat white or cream sauces which totally freak her out (again, her words!).

Favourite destinations: Barcelona and Bristol

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.

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