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.

THE A&K AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TEAM

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Kristy-Ann Berry - Email me

Born in the ‘Sunburnt Country’ and raised in the small rural town of Timboon, not far from Victoria’s spectacular Great Ocean Road, the remoteness of Kristy-Ann’s childhood home gave her a true appreciation of the vastness and natural beauty of Australia. A seven year stint with Abercrombie & Kent in the Reservations Department, allowed Kristy-Ann to develop her expertise in tailor-made itineraries, VIP trip planning and private jet programmes. Now as Inbound Sales Manager for 7.5 years, Kristy-Ann’s focus has been designing unique and bespoke air safari and private jet itineraries across Australia and New Zealand, allowing guests to see and experience more than you ever thought possible on a single itinerary. “My love of travel and people, interest in Australia’s natural beauty and enthusiasm for special places and unique experiences has given rise to a career where I can share the real Australia with others. I look forward to working with you and making the unbelievable believable.”


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Gabrielle McCarthy

Gabrielle loves her home city of Sydney, especially on a perfect summers day when the harbour truly sparkles and the Opera House stands majestic at the centre of attention. Seven years on the road, leading groups of intrepid travellers on tours all over Australia, gave Gabrielle a love for the remote regions of her country and a desire to share them with like-minded explorers. She loves the National Parks of Western Australia, the ancient rock formations of Central Australia, and the powder-soft sands of Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays. Gabrielle is also extremely fond of the people and places that make New Zealand the unique and welcoming country that it is. Some of her favourite places in New Zealand are Waiheke Island, the Coromandel and all of the stunning landscapes that make up the South Island. Gabrielle’s personal travels have seen her trek to Everest Base Camp, see the Northern Lights in Iceland and kayak the flooded forests of the Amazon.


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Chris Hall - Email me

A born and bred Kiwi, Chris has an intimate knowledge of, and love for, his homeland and has returned to Auckland after a number of years living in Japan where he operated his own walking and gourmet food tours in Kyoto. His career has also included Australasian sales for a large destination management company in Asia with experience working across the luxury agency networks in both Australia and New Zealand.


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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. With some time to explore closer to home on upcoming adventures, she’s enthralled by the diverse landscapes and thriving wildlife of Kangaroo Island and hopes to one day embark on a glamping safari in Australia’s Top End.

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.


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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, with Patagonia holding a particular draw. Closer to home, his travel highlights include travelling through Tasmania and climbing the majestic Mt Amos, as well as exploring South Australia’s iconic Flinders Ranges and hiking atop Wilpena Pound. He draws on his experience travelling to create exciting and rewarding itineraries for his clients.


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Amanda Karcher - Email me

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. Closer to home an early morning hot air balloon adventure over the West MacDonnell Ranges, a cycling tour from Nelson to Christchurch, tasting her way through the renowned Marlborough wine region and a visit to the ethereal Lord Howe Island are standouts. A travel planning powerhouse, Amanda excels at crafting the ideal itinerary; no travel dream is too big or destination too far.


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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.


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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, exploring Africa’s engaging communities and wondrous wildlife. She is entranced by the polar regions and 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 her love of adventure sees her thriving on Australian discoveries as well, having travelled extensively throughout the continent. With a love for the outback has visited Central Australia, self-driven through Kakadu National Park, and balanced Australia’s rugged red plains with the tropical blues, visiting Hamilton Island, Magnetic island, and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef. Most recently, a trip to Tasmania saw her exploring spectacular Cradle Mountain and the surrounding landscapes.


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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.

Of course she has enjoyed many adventures here in Australia, her favourite being an indulgent discovery of Hobart, its spectacular Salamanca market and the always-intriguing MONA, with the glorious Great Barrier Reef next on her list.

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.


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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.

Here in Australia her wildlife adventures continue, with snorkelling the ethereal Great Barrier Reef topping her list of travel highlights, and tracking down the best food and wine during Hobart and Adelaide’s epicurean festivals a close second. 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.


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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. Memorable adventures include watching the sunset over the deserts of Morocco, sailing the sparkling Italian Riviera, and tackling the Kokoda trail in Papua New Guinea. Her favourite homegrown highlights span the seaside gems of Australia, having explored much of Queensland’s glittering coastline, and she is excited to embark on an adventure to the Outback, with the extraordinary landscapes of the Top End next on her list.

Her upcoming travel goals a little further from home include explorations of South America, and summiting spectacular Kilimanjaro. Hannah brings with her a willingness and passion which will compliment any A&K guest.


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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 trifecta of top travel experiences cover 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. Not forgetting some local gems, her Australian highlights include cruising the captivating Kimberley region, soaring over the majestic Mitchell Falls by helicopter, and being immersed in the diverse beauty of Freycinet National Park with a stay at Saffire in Tasmania. Passionate about unforgettable travel experiences, she uses her expert knowledge to craft truly memorable trips.


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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!


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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.