Family background: Born and raised in Auckland, moved to London at 19 to work on a high street agency before moving to Sydney.
What did you do before you joined MTA? In between having two daughters, I worked with wholesale adventure company Sundowners Travel selling overland trips before a 26-year stint at Sydney International Airport, much of which (20 years) was spent in an operational role coordinating the arrival and departure of daily flights from North America and all the variants which happen during that short time on the ground!
When and why did you join MTA? I joined on a part-time basis in 2009, the idea being that eventually I knew I would need to retire from the airport role and needed to keep my days busy with my passion for travel.
What do you like most about working as an MTA Member? Working alone can be daunting sometimes but as an MTA Advisor there is generally someone who has had prior experience on a topic and more than willing to share, exchange ideas and offer knowledge. The head office support staff is also incredibly knowledgeable and supportive.
Do you have a specialised area in travel? I specialise in travelling the world by any mode of transport desired. World knowledge is important especially when it comes to working out airfares and this is one of my main strengths. So too, with cruises.
What is one of your biggest achievements? My two daughters.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt since starting as a home-based travel agent? I learn so much from managing the ever-changing travel requests I receive from my regular clients even if its somewhere I’ve already been. I learn something new every day.
What sets MTA apart from the rest? MTA is an Australian, family-owned business through and through and I like to think everyone within the network is on the same page.
Who do you admire and see as a role model in the industry? When I worked in London I actually got to talk to Sir Richard Branson’s mother who was renting out a Spanish villa. Sir Richard was just getting started with Virgin Records and if there is anyone whose success I admire it would be him.
What destinations are next on your travel bucket list? A trip next year to Mauritius, Cape Town and the South African wine areas, a three-day safari and two-days in Zambia to revisit Victoria Falls, all preceded by a polar cruise departing from Ushuaia (Argentina) and cruising around The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.
What’s the most memorable travel experience you’ve had (good or bad)? A seven-day Safari to Kenya, also the spectacular aerial views you see flying in and out of Rio de Janeiro. Add to that a three-month overland trip from Nepal.
What three things do you always take with you when travelling? Five things for me – my husband, to help carry my bags, my laptop, iPad and iPhone and my blow-up foot pillow for use on aircraft. (I am short!)
Which famous person would you most like to travel with and where to? HRH Prince Harry to have a private look around some of the palaces.
What do you find yourself doing on your weekends? Spending time with family and friends and playing with my two grandsons.