A Bit About Me
I first fell in love with Africa aged 18 when I went on a gap year to Tanzania. Returning to the UK to study International Relations at St Andrews, I took every opportunity to learn more about African politics. Four years of studying just wasn’t enough and I was soon off to Stellenbosch in South Africa to study for a Masters in International Studies. When not focused on researching corruption in African governments (unsurprisingly a never-ending task) I was lucky enough to explore the rest of the country, as well as Mozambique and Namibia, in between sampling as much wine as I could (handy when studying in the heart of the Winelands) and spending weekends with friends in Cape Town.
Returning to the UK, I started working for a luxury tailor-made travel company, specialising in Sub-Saharan Africa before spending two and a half years in their US office. Now back in the UK, Africa remains my true love, but travel as a whole is one of my favourite subjects and my eyes have been opened to all the wonderful opportunities for exploration with gems waiting to be discovered in Asia, Latin America and of course the fascinating Polar Regions!
I’m passionate about travelling the world but am also increasingly conscious of the negative impact we can have. I am always looking at ways to reduce our footprint, and I love camps and lodges who focus on ensuring the environmental sustainability of their activities whilst not wanting to compromise on the experience which draws us there in the first place. We are lucky enough to have this amazing natural world to explore, but must ensure it is not just our generation who get to benefit from it.
My role here at NWS is focused on our Africa and Asia product: anything from a safari in Kenya to tracking gorillas in Rwanda, to searching for the elusive snow leopard in the Himalayas or Siberian tigers in, you guessed it, Siberia, to visiting the orangutans in Borneo. One of the most exciting parts of my role is looking for new trips and destinations, with a particular eye for finding unique wildlife experiences that you just can’t do anywhere else and how NWS can continue to break down the frontier when it comes to exploring the natural world!