Meet the Team

Alex Shirley-Smith founded Tentsile in 2010. He decided to follow his lifelong passion for trees and conservation by developing the world’s best tree tents. Alex leads Tentsile’s small, family run team alongside his two brothers Rob and Jethro. The Tentsile team works remotely across several locations in the UK, with the majority of the team based around London and Sheffield. Our remote structure allows us to reduce our carbon footprint and maximise our output while maintaining our family-run values.


Alex Shirley-Smith

Founder and CEO

Alex created Tentsile to allow others to explore and appreciate trees and forests in a new way. He wants to highlight the fight against deforestation and loss of wooded habitat. After all, if we are all hanging out in trees, they can’t chop them down!

Robert Shirley-Smith

Global Operations Director

Robert is the Global Operations Director and a shareholder of Tentsile, responsible for manufacturing, quality control and global logistics of all products. In 2010, Robert worked with his brother Alex on the original designs and prototypes of the tents before joining the team full-time in Jan 2014. Robert has worn many hats and is responsible for Sales, Marketing and Operations – he knows the inner workings of the business and leads the team in the Sheffield head office.

Jethro Shirley-Smith

Global Sales Director

Jethro leads Tentsile’s financial team. He joined the business in the summer of 2015, leaving teaching in order to help elevate the wonders of tree camping. As a firm believer in tree planting and tree conservation, Tentsile feels like a natural home for Jethro. In his spare time you’ll find him playing the piano, eating good food and as planting in the garden.

Kirstie Grego

Global Marketing Director

Kirstie joined the team in 2016 and is responsible for our small but impactful Marketing department. She oversees everything from Ecommerce, Brand Collaborations, Content Creation, Social Media, Ambassadors & more. Now based in Sheffield, Kirstie has enjoyed many a Tree Tent adventure - from the remote lakes of Finland to the Forests of the PNW and the Californian Redwoods. Kirstie is currently on Maternity Leave raising two tiny explorers.

Nicola Bruce

Global Logistics & Customer Services Manager

Nicola leads our small customer service team and aims to deliver the best customer service experience possible. She is on hand to answer any queries regarding your order, and ensures you get your order on time so you can get outdoors and join us in the trees! Nicola loves Tentsile’s family-run atmosphere and the quality and inspirational products we offer.

Chris Booth

WS Business Development Manager

Chris joined Tentsile in 2018 after living in Australia for 6 years with his wife and three children. His main responsibility is to manage the wholesale business, and to develop new programmes and partnerships within Tentsile. If Chris is not at his desk you will usually find him setting up a tree tent in the forest, spending time with his family or planning his next adventure!

Hannah Hughes

Communications Manager

Hannah is responsible for implementing our communications and social media strategy. She handles everything from our written content to our ambassador programme. Hannah loves Tentsile’s environmental roots and environmental activism. She also enjoys connecting with the Tentsile community and sharing all the amazing adventures of Tensile campers around the world. When she’s not at her laptop, Hannah enjoys travelling and spending time outdoors cycling and hiking.

Ian Smith

Brand & Design Coordinator

Ian is responsible for anything and everything visual at Tentsile. Additionally he manages our email marketing programme, helping us get our message across to the right audience at the right time. Ian is a passionate climber, camper and photographer. His other loves are Muay Thai and his two dogs.

Thomas Leech

Ecommerce Manager

Tom is responsible for the day to day management and long term strategy of Tentsile’s website. He works closely with the operational team to ensure that the site is up to date and ready to provide the very best web experience. When he’s not working, you’ll find Tom exploring the forests and public footpath networks of Nottinghamshire.

Arran Dixon

Commercial Manager

Arran joined Tensile in March 2021. Arran works across all of our business functions. He ensures that each department communicates smoothly, and that we work to our full potential. He loves Tentsile’s tree planting and carbon reduction mission. Arran is a passionate football fan (Tottenham Hotspur), loves food, fitness and is happiest when out walking his 2 dogs – shoutout to Archie and Millie!

Ryan Townsend

Customer Service & Repairs Coordinator

Returning to us in 2021, Ryan is the first point of customer contact for Tentsile. Heading up our repairs department, Ryan is a big supporter of the Tentsile philosophy and the work we do towards sustainability. In his spare time Ryan coaches kids football and an adult ladies team, he also produces music in what time he has left over!