A&K Team

Abercrombie & Kent is committed to being the market leader in luxury travel through innovation, excellent product and exemplary customer service. We have a specialised team of journey designers on hand to answer all your travel queries and offer advice on destinations around the world. Our journey designers regularly visit all the destinations we cover and experience the A&K difference first hand to offer our clients' unparalleled knowledge and a travel service that is second to none.

Our team have a strong passion for travel and delivering excellent client service that allows A&K to lead the way in luxury travel and to offer experiences that are unlike any other.

At A&K we pride ourselves on the service and standard of excellence that we give to you, our clients. This service extends to every stage of your journey with Abercrombie & Kent, from the very start of your enquiry to the phone call you receive from us when you get back from your holiday.



Pauline Stavrakis - Email me

Pauline joined the A&K team in 2011 and since then has focused on creating tailor made itineraries to Latin America, Europe and Middle East.  With a particular interest in Latin America, she has been fortunate to visit much of the region, with the breathtaking vast landscapes of the Atacama Desert and getting up close with the wondrous sea lions and tortoises of the Galapagos Islands being some of her personal travel highlights

Pauline has been fortunate to visit numerous destinations with A&K, including Kenya, France, Turkey, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Antarctica. She uses her personal travel experiences to shape the ideal itinerary for every traveller.


Sunny Gill - Email me

Born and raised in London, Sunny joined the Abercrombie & Kent Australia team with 6 years industry experience. Having realised his goal of visiting all 7 continents by the age of 27, Sunny’s never-ending thirst for a new adventure means that he aims to visit at least one new country each year. His travel experiences often incorporate wildlife, ranging from roaming with rhinos, waddling with penguins, and even traversing the Darien Gap to find the harpy eagle.

Sunny has affection for Latin America and the landscapes, culture and gastronomy the region has to offer. Patagonia holds a particular draw, the vast and dramatic mountain backdrops of Torres del Paine being his favourite destination He draws on his experience travelling to create exciting and rewarding itineraries for his clients.


Amanda Karcher - Email me

With an impressive 35 years in the travel business, (more than half of that through owning her own agency!) Amanda brings a great depth of experience and knowledge to A&K’s Private Travel Desk.

Amanda is passionate about fashioning exciting holidays for every traveller to a variety of world destinations. Enchanted by Europe, she holds a deep appreciation for the architecture, food and lifestyle.  Some of her favourite travel memories are the many cycling trips enjoyed to the Pyrenees Mountains of France or a recent Antarctic voyage to explore the world’s polar regions.   A travel planning powerhouse, Amanda excels at crafting the ideal itinerary; no travel dream is too big or destination too far.


Sarah Kidd - Email me

Sarah has 16 years of travel industry experience and a passion for exotic destinations. Having travelled to India extensively, she has explored high into the majestic Himalayas, to the deserts and palaces of Rajasthan, through the backwaters of tropical southern India, and in search of tiger in the jungles of Kanha and Bandhavgarh. She is equally passionate about South America and highlights include sailing the Galapagos Islands, trekking to Machu Picchu and through Patagonia, and photographing the stunning scenery of the Atacama Desert.

But her heart lies with the incredible wildlife and landscapes of Africa, having visited Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and recently returned from an unforgettable safari in Zambia. She uses her extensive experience to craft impressive itineraries full of unforgettable experiences.


Chloe Kurts Email me

Chloe was born with a thirst for adventure and exploration.  Her sense of discovery never wanes, and the art of travel is really her greatest passion.  Over 20 years in the industry has allowed Chloe to craft creative itineraries to cover all 7 continents.

Her early travels had her live and work on safari in Botswana and she was able to explore Africa’s engaging communities and wondrous wildlife.  She is entranced by the Polar regions of Antarctica & the Arctic and she is equally passionate about India, spending days wandering the intricate markets and impressive architecture of Rajasthan and going on safari in search of the elusive Bengal Tiger.  One of her greatest travel experiences was witnessing the incredible mountain gorillas of Uganda, and she looks forward to exploring the backwaters of Kerala in Southern India on her next journey.


Lisa Sawers - Email me

Lisa is an avid traveller and a group touring specialist, with more than 9 years of travel industry experience. South East Asia holds a special place in her heart, having travelled extensively to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. She has also visited an impressive expanse of Latin America, Europe and the Middle East including Argentina, Brazil, Jordan, Georgia & Armenia just to name a few …

Amassing many extraordinary travel experiences, such as the incredible trek to Bhutan’s Tigers Nest Monastery, watching a sunrise over Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and having dinner with a geisha in Japan, Lisa is passionate about providing memorable journeys full of inspiring moments.


Siobhan Pemberton - Email me

Siobhan first joined Abercrombie & Kent in 2017 as a travel specialist bringing passion and enthusiasm for the African continent and its wildlife. Approaching 10 years as an African specialist, with equally as many trips to the continent, Siobhan's African adventures have seen her come face to face with gorillas while trekking in Rwanda, sleeping under the African stars, tracking Lion and Rhino on foot in Zambia, canoeing in the waterways of Botswana's Okavango Delta, horse-riding through the coffee plantations of Tanzania and snorkelling in the pristine waters of Zanzibar.

Above all, her greatest experiences have been witnessing the incredible wildlife in Africa as a keen conservationist on countless safaris. Siobhan takes care in understanding each traveller own unique interests which could be history, gastronomy, anthropology, ornithology, photography or art and incorporating these into bespoke journeys to Africa. Her unbridled enthusiasm and knowledge translate into expertly tailored experiences and special memories on every trip she plans.


Hannah Sheppard - Email me

Hannah has dedicated her life to a career in travel. Having completed her studies in Travel and Tourism, Hannah started her professional journey with Abercrombie & Kent. With personal experience in 20 countries across four continents, her travel highlights often revolve around the incredible cuisine and local dishes she encounters on her explorations. Adventurous highlights include watching the sunset over the deserts of Morocco, sailing the sparkling Italian Riviera, and tackling the Kokoda trail in Papua New Guinea.

Her travel adventures continue, with her upcoming travel goals including explorations of South America, and summiting spectacular Kilimanjaro. Hannah brings with her a willingness and passion which will compliment any A&K guest.


Lisa Burke - Email me

Lisa has worked with A&K for close to two decades. She loves food and travel and has been lucky enough to spend time exploring extraordinary destinations such as Africa the Indian Subcontinent, the Maldives, Turkey, Egypt and Jordan plus China, Europe and Latin America.

Her tri-fecta of top travel experiences include the breathtaking landscapes of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park; dinner at the Lake Palace in Udaipur afloat on a candlelit pontoon dining on gourmet Rajasthani gastronomy and finally, the incredible cuisine, crystal clear waters and picturesque soft sands of Hotel Esencia in Mexico. Passionate about unforgettable travel experiences, she uses her expert knowledge to craft truly memorable trips.


Kathryn Heness - Email me

Kathryn joins the A&K team having studied and worked in the travel industry for over three years. Originally from Adelaide she loves Melbourne for its fantastic restaurants, nightlife and sporting culture. She previously worked in Los Angeles where her passion for Australia was invaluable in the role of coordinating unique and exciting holidays 'Down Under' for US travellers. Her own travels have taken her throughout the USA, Europe and some parts of Asia as well as Far North Queensland, The Red Centre, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

Her favourite Australian destination is Tropical North Queensland for the spectacular beaches and rainforests as well as the breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

Kathryn is passionate about travel and believes the best part is being able to experience different cultures plus diverse scenery and landscapes - all of which Australia has in abundance. Every experience should be tailored to the individual's personal interests and create an everlasting memory!


Wendy Dell - Email me

Wendy’s tourism career spans more years than she wants to own up to and includes positions in wholesale, inbound, tour operations and sales/marketing. Having lived and worked in the UK and Canada and travelled extensively throughout New Zealand, Europe, UK, Asia, Africa, Canada and USA, she is a proud Australian and considers this to truly be “the lucky country”. With a love for all things water, it is not surprising that some of her favourite places in Australia and New Zealand are snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, sailing the Whitsunday Islands, meeting the cute quokkas on Rottnest Island in Western Australia and kayaking the shoreline of the Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand. “No matter how many trips I have planned over the course of my career for clients – top of mind for every client is that they are entrusting their holiday of a lifetime to me. What a fantastic privilege.