Although a website is great as an introduction and for perusing at your own leisure, there is nothing better than the reassurance of a human voice answering any questions you have. This sort of trip is not an ordinary holiday so you will more than likely have a lot, and nothing can help you out as much as talking to someone who has been there and knows the ins and outs of expedition cruising.
Bec McGilvray - Sales & Reservations Executive
After being served a colouring book at age 5 by a stewardess, Bec knew that was what she wanted to be when she grew up. Graduating from AFTA Travel college in 1997, she soon started her travel career in Wholesale, Retail & Entertainment. Taking a short break from the industry to dabble in real estate sales made Bec realise her passion was with the travel industry.
Bec has kayaked down the Zambezi river in Africa, trekked the Himalayas, The Inca trail, Patagonia and the Pyrenees. An avid snowboarder, her sport has taken her to the north & south islands of New Zealand, Canada, Japan & of course the slopes of our own backyard.
She has worked in Byron Bay & Darwin taking in numerous weekend trips through Kakadu, Uluru & even Kangaroo Island. She has also travelled to Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, UK, Europe, New York, Amazon & Iguazu Falls.
Bec is so excited to be part of the Aurora Expeditions family and is looking forward to helping clients with their ‘off the beaten track’ travel arrangements.
Anne Oyasaeter - Reservations Consultant
Anne arrived from Norway to Australia in 1987 and after a few years of doing odd jobs such as working in racing stables, cafes and a taxi-radio room, she began a job in travel at an agency specialising in Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, Russia, the Baltic's and Antarctica. Anne soon realized this was the perfect job for her and stayed there for 12 years. During this time she travelled extensively through Scandinavia as well as trips to Iceland, Greenland and Antarctica. Highlights (apart from any trip to Norway of course) was a two-week cruise to Antarctica from Puerto Mondt to Ushuaia and an eight-day cruise to Greenland around Disco Bay on the west coast.
After taking a break from working life to look after her fantastic son Olav and beloved dogs/pets, she recently joined Aurora Expeditions and is enjoying working with their great products.
In her spare time Anne enjoys family life, great friends, a good book, food and wine and is always looking forward to her next trip away!
Emma Savage - Marketing Manager
Emma inherited her passion for travel from her English parents who travelled across land (and sea) from England to Australia in the early seventies. Having grown up hearing a load of weird and wonderful travel stories she completed a tourism and marketing degree at the University of Western Sydney in 2004.
Having started her travel career working in events for Australia's national tourism marketing agency, Tourism Australia, she then stumbled into the world of PR and communications. After almost three years of helping to promote Australia to the world she decided it was time to follow in her parents footsteps.
A two-year stint of travelling independently across Europe, completing a ski season in France, three months of pulling pints in a UK country pub and a few more working to promote Australia throughout the UK and Europe, she found herself yearning for home. A three-month overland trip through eastern and southern Africa was the last hurrah before heading back to Sydney and joining the Aurora Expeditions marketing team in June 2010.
Mael Ressos - Sales Consultant
The desire to explore the world started at an early age for Mael and over the years she has been fortunate enough to visit some amazing destinations. Having worked in the travel industry for the past 6 years has given her the opportunity to share this passion with others, see some wonderful places and meet interesting people along the way.
Mael particularly enjoys combining her love of travel with her interest in photography. She discovered the joy of photography at the age of 6 when she received her first Fisher-Price camera, and went on to study photography at University.
When travelling she likes taking the time to observe and photograph quirky things and unique moments. She is currently working on a series of photographs that she hopes to exhibit next year.
In her spare time, Mael enjoys spending time with her family, meeting up with her friends, being outdoors and taking in some of the fantastic things Sydney has to offer!
Jane Bell - Accounts Assistant
Jane started her accounting career in Property Management but soon developed a love of travel when she travelled throughout Canada and the USA. After a break from the workforce to have her three gorgeous children, Jane soon felt the need to rejoin the ranks of the workers. She initially joined the Aurora Expeditions team in a casual position and was such an enthusiastic worker, with a great eye for detail, that she took up the offer of a permanent part-time position in the busy accounts department.
Jane can't wait until her children are old enough to stay at home while she indulges in her passion for travel. She loves bears and is busting to get to the Arctic or the Russian Far East.
Leani Gray - Reservations Consultant
Leani recognised her passion for all things travel at an early age, studying tourism during her final years at high school. Even after brief forays into the worlds of hairdressing and television, not even the celebrities she encountered could sway her interest away from a career in travel.
Her first job in the industry was with tour company Globus/Cosmos, where she spent five years honing her skills as part of the reservations team. During this time she traveled extensively; exploring Western Europe, Asia and the Pacific islands.
When not busy helping our passengers with their additional travel arrangements, Leani can be found, worshiping the sun at the beach, shopping or relaxing back with a mudpack watching the latest comedy release.
Veronica Farris - Reservations Manager
Veronica has worked in the travel industry for over 17 years. During this time she has travelled extensively in Europe, parts of Asia, USA, Canada and South America. In November 2002 she travelled on our ‘Circumnavigation of South Georgia Voyage’ and loved every minute of it. She has also been ‘Across The Circle’ to the Antarctic Peninsula in 2006. Veronica now looks after our clients heading to PNG and also to the Arctic. When Veronica is not at work she enjoys going to yoga and spending time with her family including six special grandchildren.
Fiona Twyford - Marketing Communications Manager (currently on maternity leave)
After graduating from University in Scotland in 1997, the travel bug took hold and Fiona embarked on 2 years at 'The University of Life' which included a ski season in France, driving along the South Eastern coast of Africa, backpacking throughout South East Asia and spending the best part of a year living in Sydney. Little did she know that fate would bring her back some 10 years later!
Back in London in time for the new millennium, Fiona began her Marketing career at Christies Auctioneers and has not looked back since. Having worked on a range of high end hospitality & travel brands since 2000, there is little Fiona does not know about travel marketing, PR & event management. She left her role as head of sales & marketing in a boutique travel firm in London in November 2008 to start a new life with her Aussie fiancé on the sunny side of the planet. Over the years Fiona has continued to travel as often as possible and is eagerly awaiting the chance to travel to Papua New Guinea - a childhood dream! A keen skier, Fiona is likely to be found hunting out the powder in Winter and honing her love of cooking and new world wine in the summer months. Being the resident POM in the office, we are treating her gently - until the next Ashes series that is!
Lisa Bolton - Chief Executive
Although it had always been Lisa’s dream to be a ski instructor when she finished high school, her parents had other ideas and sent her off to Business College. Having developed a keen eye for detail and strong business acumen, Lisa’s entrepreneurial streak led into her starting her own knitwear business at the ripe age of 21.
After spending some time in Bangladesh and India, the passion for travel had taken hold and Lisa’s career took a different direction. While studying for a Degree in Economics and Resource Management, she began working for Qantas Airways, first as a Reservations Consultant, and then as Business Analyst for Qantas’ Business Travel division.
Having firmly set her sights on a career in travel, Lisa wanted to specialise in the cruise market, thus embarking on two years as a Project Manager with Carnival Australia (P&O Cruises). It was during this time that she was exposed to all aspects of the cruising industry and travel market at large.
Working her way up the ladder, Lisa developed an insight into multiple facets of the travel industry, whilst her experience with the world’s largest cruise company left her ideally equipped to take the helm as Aurora Expeditions Chief Executive Officer.
Most weekends Lisa can be found on Coogee Beach working as a Patrol Captain and volunteer lifesaver for the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.