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Country Cousins Ltd
Bicclescombe Park
Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 8JN
Telephone: 00 44 1271 862834

Meet the Team

Jose Espinosa Brinkmann Jose is a proud father of three great young girls, a drummer, a swimmer and a marathon runner. He is the ever-energetic MD who can often be found charging up and down the school grounds, if not at his desk thinking of new and exciting excursions and activities for the students. Feel free to talk to him at any time; he is a really approachable person who will always do his best to resolve any questions or situations that might arise. He was a student of Country Cousins for many years. He then worked as an activity leader whilst doing his University Education in York (UK) and Santa Cruz (California). After 8 years working as an IT Manager for Ford Motor Company in London, he liked the company so much, that he bought it!

Maribel Cabrera Mother of 3 lovely girls, she is a calming and serene influence on the office and can always be relied upon to produce some chocolate biscuits or muffins from somewhere if the team's energy levels dip. She is a lovely person who is very approachable and has great psychology skills & empathy for understanding children. Before Country Cousins, she worked for 6 years for American Express as a Marketing Executive in central London.

  Matt Boni Man of many talents! Matt is our Transport Manager who manages our minibuses to and from the airports. He is your man for any travel questions, including trips to London. He is a cheerful, helpful member of the team who is equally happy helping out in the office, driving our minibuses or running around playing football with the students. When not playing football, he loves fishing. He is a proud father of two girls who enjoys a good laugh and is always smiling.  

Michelle Schofield

Michelle is a flexible, dynamic and talented free spirit, who forms good relationships with all people of all ages. She has a large personality and loves a good laugh. Michelle manages the Welfare and Accommodation department, where she works closely with host families and students. She is also an experienced mother of two older children, giving her a valuable insight into the current teen world.

Caitlin Cronin

Caitlin came to Country Cousins with a passion for languages, and she’s currently working towards an MA in Translation with French, Spanish, and Arabic! She loves travelling and experiencing new cultures, but she’s at her happiest on the beaches of North Devon. She greatly enjoys working with children, and is very family oriented, spending lots of time with her younger brother and working with children wherever she goes.      


 Ciarda is the newest member of the team, proving to be a very enthusiastic Office Assistant. She has a warm smile and a friendly nature. Although she has a professional  approach to work, her laugh has proven to be very contagious at times. In her free time,  Ciarda enjoys socialising, soaking up the sunshine and will happily give any activity a try!



Spencer Nasey Spencer is the most active man of us all! His main job is being the sports coordinator. Spencer loves working with young people; surfing, kayaking, coasteering, orienteering, archery, rafting - you name it, Spencer does it. A kind man who will bend over backwards to help out if he can, so feel free to ask him anything - watching him bend over backwards is quite a sight!

Kyrian OkeremiKyrian is our professional tennis coach who, when not teaching on the courts, can be found playing tennis on the courts! He loves music and is a keen family man, who enjoys spending time with his partner and children.

Liz HarwoodLiz is our extremely efficient escort who organises her busy team to ensure that all students arriving at Heathrow Airport are successfully met and taken to the correct vehicle to their destination. Liz is a very capable woman who knows the airport and a lot of its staff well, which means she can respond effectively and swiftly should any problems arise.

David ElliotDavid is our patient and attentive golf Pro. He truly loves the game and enjoys passing his knowledge onto the next generation and beyond. His many hours on the golf course, both tutoring and for pleasure, keep him healthy and happy. This man lives for golf!