Our Team

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.

  • Al Bakker Head Sea Kayaking Guide

    Dedicating his life to the open waters, Al has been paddling the world for the past four decades. He has kayaked and guided adventures throughout North and South America, Japan and the South Pacific, Europe, Australia,…

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  • Alasdair McGregor Historian

    Painter, photographer, writer, historian and some-time architect, Alasdair McGregor’s creative interests range from natural history and the environment, to architecture and design, and the history of exploration. His…

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  • Alex Chavanne Kayaking Guide

    Alex was born and raised in Northern California, an area wilder and closer to nature (and colder!) then most imagine. Since he could hold his head up he was seated in a kayak, eventually beginning to lead tours off the…

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  • Alex Fayan Business Development Manager

    Alex caught the travel bug from a very early age. Growing up in Belgium, her family made the most of being so close to everywhere and took her on numerous holidays. She was instantly hooked and up to this day, still…

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  • Amanda Till Expeditions Team Manager

    Amanda's passion for Antarctica began when she was Expedition Coordinator on a 2001 expedition to Macquarie Island, Cape Denison and Dumont d'Urville. A life changing experience for her, she has lived and breathed the…

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  • Angela Bueckert Kayak Guide

    Angela’s love for the outdoors began at the tender age of two when her parents brought her on her first wilderness canoe trip. Since then, she has pursued a life as an outdoor guide. Angela has explored many remote and…

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  • Ania Baranek Expeditions Team Coordinator

    Ania became fascinated by the idea of travelling when she saw her first Lonely Planet episode on the Discovery Channel as a teenager. She has dreamt about combining her passion for travelling with an inspiring job ever…

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  • Anna Keeling Mountaineering Guide

    An experienced IFMGA-certified mountain guide, Anna hails from one of the world's best climbing destinations - New Zealand. With ski descents and climbing ascents form Nothern India's Kedarnath to Denali's West rib as…

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  • Anne Oyasaeter Operations Assistant & Product Trainer (Europe)

    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,…

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  • Bob Powell Mountaineering and Kayaking Guide

    Currently living in the U.S., Bob Powell is the director of the Institute for Parks at Clemson University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management and the School of…

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  • Carla Pecorella-Balzan Client Services Executive

    Carla has had a passion for travel for many years studying tourism sales and operations through to management at University. Her first job in the industry was working for retail agency group Harveyworld travel learning…

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  • Carol Knott Historian

    Carol’s passion for archaeology began with rescue excavations of medieval English towns, ports, churches and castles. After receiving a Masters degree in Archaeology and History from the University of Glasgow, she…

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  • Charles Boutet Marketing Executive

    After a degree in modern languages, Charles moved to the UK to teach French, before continuing his studies in marketing. Originally from Bordeaux in France, Charles moved to Australia in 2009 and finished his studies in…

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  • Chris Bryan Client Services Executive

    Chris moved to Australia after living an exciting 18 year chapter in the city that never sleeps, Hong Kong. Having come from a blended European family and living in such a unique part of the world, he explored most of…

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  • Christian Genillard Expedition Leader

    This well-travelled sailor first explored the island of Spitsbergen over 30 years ago. As a young lad on a sailboat with a couple of friends, Christian was fascinated by the ice and convinced that boat was the best means…

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  • Craig Upshall Sales Director UK & Europe

    Craig joins the team with over twenty years of global experience in the travel and tourism industry. For the past seven years he was employed with Rocky Mountaineer as Business Manager for Europe, Middle East, India and…

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  • Daniel Stavert Kayaking Guide

    Daniel is a qualified sea kayak guide from the Blue Mountains, Australia. He is drawn to the beauty of wild places; the extremes of cold and light, and the abundance of life that can be found there. A curiosity for…

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  • David German Expedition Guide

    David’s passion for expedition cruising began in Antarctica over 20 years ago guiding IMAX film teams, scientists and intrepid travellers. Over the years  David has led over 70 small-ship expeditions to Svalbard,…

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  • David Nelson Naturalist

    The combination of a passion for wildlife and a love for adventure has taken David to some of the most remote and surprising places. Originally hailing from Sydney, he got hooked on ecological field work and after…

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  • Dianna Schinella Industry Sales and Marketing Manager

    Dianna's passion for travel started in an unusual way when her parents took her on 6-week European holiday, kicking and screaming, at the age of 13. Just like any rebellious teenager, she refused to travel with her…

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  • Dominic Sasse Reservations & ATAS Manager

    For years now, travel has been part of Dominic's life. Ever since his first independent trip to Japan, he's always sought out new experiences and adventures. This quest has taken him to all 7 continents, with every trip…

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  • Dr. Ann Ward Expedition Doctor

    Ann has been practising for over 25 years and spends most of her time working as a rural doctor in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, based in Kununurra. Ann spent three years in the centre of Western Australia…

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  • Dr. Ben Maddison Historian, Climbing Guide

    Avid climber and history buff , Ben’s love of history began during his high school years. His passion led to an MA in Social and Industrial history and a PHd in Australian history. An active researcher, Ben is an…

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  • Dr. Gary Miller Expedition Leader, Naturalist

    This wildlife fanatic has been exploring and working in the Polar Regions for well over 30 years, initially studying Polar Bears for his MA in Zoology. Whether playing the role of Expedition Leader, or Naturalist, Gary is…

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  • Dr. John Barry Expedition Doctor

    John is an Australian Family Doctor with an interest in expedition and travel medicine. He has worked across Australia in a myriad of roles including Aboriginal health in Kempsey and in both Accident and Emergency and as…

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  • Dr. John Kirkwood Naturalist

    John has been involved in polar and marine research for over 30 years, studying animals ranging from microscopic crustaceans to whales in both Antarctica and the Arctic. His love of travel and the natural world, as well…

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  • Dr. Lesley Cadzow Expedition Doctor

    Lesley is a Scottish doctor who has worked as a neonatal paediatric registrar transporting sick babies around New Zealand before becoming an academic General Practitioner in Melbourne. Before leaving her regular family…

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  • Dr. Liz Pope Expedition Leader, Assistant Expedition Leader

    With years of leading groups and travelling up her sleeve, this friendly and patient Expedition Leader is always happy to help make your voyage the best it can possibly be! Having grown up in three different countries…

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  • Dr. Peter Lovell Expedition Doctor

    Rural, remote and expedition medicine have been the mainstays of Peter’s career following his graduation from Adelaide University in 1982. His passions for medicine and travelling have led him to every state in Australia,…

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  • Dr. Robyn Mundy Assistant Expedition Leader

    "We have the nicest passengers in the world" says Assistant Expedition Leader Robyn Mundy. And Robyn should know, having worked on scores of our voyages to Antarctica, the Arctic, Scotland and Norway. "Sharing what I know…

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  • Dr. Roger Kirkwood Naturalist

    Roger has been a Naturalist and Expedition Leader for Aurora Expeditions since 1999. He is well trained with a PhD in zoology, a Coxswain’s ticket and SCUBA instructor experience. He loves his work and is always keen to…

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  • Dr. Steve Salisbury Palaeontologist & Geologist

    Steve is a vertebrate palaeontologist at The University of Queensland, where he divides his time between teaching and research as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences.  He is also a Research Associate at…

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  • Edith Beaudoin Sales Director North America

    My first solo exploration trip, I was 9 years old. Armed with my tiny backpack filled with a short rope, a bandaid and a peanut butter sandwich, I left a note to my sleeping parents and went to explore the world. Well,…

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  • Elena Wimberger Hotel Manager, Assistant Expedition Leader

    Elena's penchant for adventure began at a young age while reading tales of polar explorers such as William Scoresby and Ernest Shackleton. The pull to the wild and unknown has taken hold ever since. Between various levels…

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  • Heidi Bullough Product Team

    Heidi was fortunate enough to start her travelling adventures from a young age, with her father working in the travel industry (as well as many school holidays “working” in his office).  Her first independent trip was to…

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  • Heidi Krajewsky Naturalist

    Venturing out to sea as a Sea Cadet during her teens, Heidi then left home to work as a deckhand on a schooner on the west coast of her native Canada. Further travels to Bermuda and Canada’s west coast ignited a keen…

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  • Heidi Sevestre Glaciologist

    Heidi is a research fellow in glaciology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She was recently awarded her PhD by the University of Oslo, although she spent the 4 years of her thesis living and working on the…

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  • Howard Whelan Expedition Leader

    This outdoor and nature enthusiast and writer has explored many of the world’s weird and wonderful places. Howard has many years of outdoor and climbing experience up his sleeve, including a 4000km, five-month bushwalk…

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  • Jane Bell Office Administrator

    Jane started her 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…

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  • Jennifer Perrotin Trade Marketing Executive

    After graduating with an Advanced Diploma of Tourism and a Bachelor of Marketing, Jennifer knew she wanted to work in the Tourism Industry though, the question remained, what sector? Having a passion for travel, Jennifer…

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  • Jukka Ikonen Expedition Guide

    Jukka comes to Aurora Expeditions as a professional adventure guide specialising in the Arctic, drawing on 14 years experience in the field, combined with a Bachelor degree in ecology, majoring in ecological zoology from…

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  • Justine Bornholdt Hotel Manager

    Growing up in New Zealand, Justine is no stranger to nature’s greatest outdoor elements and a life of adventure. Crossing the Tasman in 2001 she began her career within the corporate hospitality industry in customer…

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  • Kevin Nicholas Mountaineering and Kayaking Guide

    Kevin is an IFMGA certified mountain guide and experienced outdoor educator. He has spent his working life in the outdoors guiding and instructing in the Southern Alps of New Zealand in both summer and winter. Kevin has…

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  • Leani Gray Sales Executive

    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…

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  • Lelia Cataldi Expedition Leader

    Lelia was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Tourism, she earned a scholarship at Eichstätt University in Germany to continue her specialisation in Geography. She then…

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  • Marcel De Graaf CFO

    Marcel joined Aurora in 2012 as the CFO. Marcel immigrated to Australia in 2001 from The Netherlands. In The Netherlands he worked for large engineering and contracting firms that had a global appearance. During this time…

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  • Mark Lee Product Manager

    After graduating from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Arts (Art History and Spanish), Mark was a lost soul. Having backpacked around Europe after high school, he decided to again escape to Europe for a one-year…

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  • Martin McGrath Waterproof Expeditions Dive Supervisor

    Originally from the North East of England, he began diving whilst studying for his degree. On a trip to see his Sister who was working in the Arabian Gulf, he decided that the Expatriate life was for him, and it took him…

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  • Matt Edwards Mountaineering and Kayaking Guide

    Matt loves exploring! Wanting to find out what’s around the next corner or at the top of the next mountain has enticed Matt to some of the most remote destinations on the planet. For more than a decade he has organised…

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  • Michael Baynes Photography Guide

    Michael is a Freelance Travel Photographer and was born on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, where his love for photography and the environment was ignited at an early age. Michael has worked with a number of global…

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  • Michael Woods Brand Marketing Manager

    With a lifelong obsession for all things travel, Michael’s career choice wasn’t that difficult. Not long after joining one of Australia’s domestic airlines, he was off to explore Europe. Several roles and countless…

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  • Noeme Capuno Finance Manager

    Noeme has been working as an accountant for 13 years in a variety of roles including an accounting firm, restaurant chain, Korean Manufacturer and Export company (all Philippines based), Finance Manager for Admerex…

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  • Olivia Young Graphic Designer

    After graduating from University with a BA in Design Studies, Olivia’s love of travel took her to Ireland where she spent 12 months exploring the UK and Europe. Returning back to her homeland of New Zealand to study,…

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  • Peter Eastway PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE

    Peter Eastway is a contemporary Australian photographer who is known internationally for his landscape and travel work. A practising professional photographer, he shoots editorially and works selectively in advertising…

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  • Peter Szyszka Dive Guide & Activities Manager

    Peter Szyszka is among the elite of diving professionals worldwide having achieved Instructor Trainer status with 6 training agencies - PADI Course Director, TDI Instructor Trainer for all courses including Trimix, DSAT…

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  • Phil Penney Climbing Guide

    Climbing since 1985, Phil is an extremely experienced senior UIAGM / IFMGA certified climbing guide. Having guided through a number of different countries, including Peru, Canada, Alaska and his native New Zealand, he…

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  • Richard I’Anson Photography Guide

    Richard is a freelance travel photographer & Canon Master who has captured incredible images of people and places around the world for more than 35 years. His work has been published worldwide in books, magazines,…

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  • Robert Halfpenny Managing Director

    Robert took over the reins at Aurora Expeditions as Managing Director in February 2017, after 6 years as Director, Global Account Development & Asia Pacific with Rocky Mountaineer. Robert brings over 25 years experience…

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  • Ryan Burner Biologist

    Ryan is a biologist and traveller who found his love of the outdoors as a child in the forests and fields of his native Ohio. Since first setting foot on the Arctic sea ice while in college, the polar regions have had a…

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  • Sappho Brothers Assistant Expedition Leader

    Growing up in beautiful Tasmania, and having already traveled extensively to many extraordinary places, it didn't take much for Sappho to join the Aurora Expeditions' team in 2011. Since then she has remained part of the…

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  • Scott Portelli Photography Guide

    Scott Portelli is an international award winning wildlife, nature and underwater photographer. A member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and serving NSW Council member, he is regarded as a…

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  • Skye Marr-Whelan Operations Coordinator

    Skye’s passion for Antarctica was sparked when she was 16 years old during an Aurora Expeditions trip to Heard Island and East Antarctica on the icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov. During the one-month voyage, she experienced…

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  • Stephen Anstee Expedition Leader, Assistant Expedition Leader

    Stephen was born and raised mostly in Australia, but fascination for travel and other cultures came after spending a few years in Fiji at a young age. A degree in surveying took him to the SE China Sea before extensive…

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  • Stephen Martin Historian

    Stephen Martin is a writer and historian with a fascination for Australian and Antarctic history. He has spoken about and published books and articles on these topics for many years. His books include A History of…

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  • Steve Egan Expedition Leader

    Growing up among dramatic landscapes of World Heritage Cradle Mountain in Tasmania well fostered Steve’s innate passion for pure, untouched wilderness. His particular interest is in Earth’s more extreme environments & the…

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  • Talia Schwartzman Sales Executive

    Talia developed her passion for travel when she was 16 and took her first steps across the globe from Montreal, Canada to Adelaide, Australia on her own as an exchange student.  Years later, Talia pursued this interest…

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  • Tarn Pilkington Mountaineering & Ski Guide

    Tarn works year round in the outdoors of NZ and is qualified as an IFMGA Mountain and Ski guide. Since visiting Antarctica for the first time in 1994 he has returned over 15 times and admits to being completely…

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  • Toby Story Kayaking Guide

    Toby was born and raised on the remote and rugged south coast of Western Australia. Surrounded by national parks and with a family that loved to travel and explore, it is no surprise that Toby entered into a career in…

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  • Tomas Holik Operations Manager, Expedition Leader

    Tomas was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Ecology he underwent a winter in Antarctica at the Polish Research Base of Henry Arctowski, as part of his PhD.…

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