OUR TEAM OF TRAVEL EXPERTS…
Stuart Ingram -Managing Director
As a past winner of the NTIA Australian Travel Agency Manager of the year, Stuart has vast industry experience having worked in the airline, wholesale and retail travel agency sectors of the industry. Stuart loves to travel and to share his excitement and passion for travel with anyone he meets.
Having travelled to Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, North America and throughout Australia/NZ, Stuart has a wealth of knowledge. His favourite destinations are London, Paris, San Francisco, New York City, Berlin, Tokyo, Hong Kong and the Maldives. He has also cruised with Oceania, Viking, Uniworld, Avalon, Seabourn, Silversea, Holland America, Windstar and Celebrity Cruises – just to name a few!
Kirilly Plum -Director
I joined the team in Beaumaris in 1996, and I am now one of the owners and Director of Destination HQ. I have always had a passion for travelling and I have been so lucky to travel all around the world – experiencing different locations, cultures, its people, local cuisines & ways of life, which has been amazing.
One of my most memorable trips was when I spent 6 weeks travelling through Italy and Croatia – such beautiful places to see and experience. Travelling through South America, Iceland and Cuba also ticked off many places on my bucket list! I can talk all day about Spain, having visited many times.
Nicole Grant - General Manager
My passion for travel began at a very young age and after 30 years in the industry, it remains unwavering. I can attribute this love to finding something special about all the places I have visited.
Bali is one of my favourite holiday destinations with its relaxed lifestyle, warm weather and variety of restaurants.
I love the diverse culture & history of the Middle East and especially the beauty of Petra & Wadi Rum. Africa also holds a special place with me, seeing the animals in their natural environment is mesmerising.
Vanessa Whittaker - Travel Advisor
I have been lucky enough to travel extensively over the years having started my travel career in 2000.
There have been some exceptional moments like seeing Angkor Wat at sunrise and also watching the morning sunrise over the iconic Sun Gate at Machu Picchu.
Impossible to isolate one favourite place but some of the many are New York, Norway, San Francisco, Hawaii, Vietnam, London and Cambodia. I recently cruised with Ponant through Norway which was spectacular.
I love travelling there is nothing better than immersing yourself in the culture and food of a new destination.
I have 2 teenage daughters who are also keen travellers. I love seeing the excitement travel brings to them – some of the Family holidays we have done are Fiji, Thailand, Bali, Hawaii and the USA.
Janelle King- Travel Advisor
Janelle started working as a travel agent, straight out of school and hasn’t stopped since. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the USA.
Janelle’s favourite cities are New York, Prague & Paris. Her most amazing trips have been on safari in Kenya, visiting the amazing palaces in Russia and staying in an overwater villa in the Maldives.
She also enjoys the relaxed style of travel that is river cruising having cruised in Myanmar and Europe.
Kate Traynor - Travel Advisor
Kate joined the Travel Industry in 2013 , and joined the team at Destination HQ in 2016. Kate has been very fortunate with her travels over the years; From Africa, Club Med to all over Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, and of course the breathtaking Kimberley Coast.
Kate enjoys all aspects of the travel industry; from the amazing travel experiences and the beautiful people she has met along the way to the holidays she books and plan for her clients.
Kate loves specialising in Luxury Travel as there are so many beatitful destinations and hotels that are so dreamy. Making this possible for people, makes her job very rewarding.
Holly Chapman - Travel Advisor
After over 10 years in the travel industry I discovered Destination HQ… my love of travel and those that share the travel bug with me escalated!
I have travelled extensively over 20 years, and am inspired by new experiences, nature, and fascinating cultures and people. I tend to lean toward active travel in upmost comfort, with a passion to discover unique experiences, and step away from the ordinary. My most recent travels took me to Antarctica where I found myself hiking volcanoes one day, and exploring prehistoric caves on zodiac the next.
I am relentless in my search to discover the best possible travel experience for my clients.
My recent travels include, Antarctica, Sth America, USA, Europe River Cruising, Spain, France, Italy, UK, Fiji, Singapore, Bali and Thailand. Coming up is Vietnam, Greenland and Iceland this year- how excitng!!!
Kirsty Hewitt - Travel Advisor
I have travelled to USA, Hawaii, Canada, Turkey, England, Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Bali, Borneo, Maldives however my favourite place of all is Fiji which I have travelled to extensively over 20 times! I have also travelled to Sri Lanka staying in luxurious hotels and enjoying the diversity the country has to offer.
Josephine Gaynor - Operations Manager
From the time I was a little girl, travel was in my blood and I have been so fortunate since joining the team at Destination HQ in 2013.
I have been able to share my passion for travel with so many of our valued clients.
I have travelled to many destinations in the world, such as New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
I have explored the history of London, France, Amsterdam and Switzerland, and also the Northern Lights in Lapland!