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 Hawaii, The Maldives, San Francisco, Vancouver, Phuket, Bangkok, Berlin, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He has also cruised with  Regent, Ponant, Oceania, Sea Dream, Viking, Seabourn, Silversea, Holland America, Windstar, Celebrity, Uniworld, Tauck and Avalon – just to name a few!

Kirilly Plum -Director​

Kirilly joined Destination HQ in 1996. She has always had a passion for travelling and she has 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 Kirilly’s most memorable trips was when she spent 6 weeks travelling through Italy and Croatia – such beautiful places to see and experience. Travelling through South AmericaIceland and Cuba also ticked off many places on her bucket list!  And she can talk all day about Spain, having visited many times.

Nicole Grant - General Manager​

Nicole’s passion for travel began at a very young age and after more 30 years in the industry, it remains unwavering. She can attribute this love to finding something special about all the places she has visited.

Bali is one of her favourite holiday destinations with its relaxed lifestyle, warm weather and variety of restaurants.

Nicole also loves the diverse culture & history of the Middle East and especially the beauty of Petra & Wadi RumAfrica also holds a special place with her seeing the animals in their natural environment was mesmerising for Nicole.

Vanessa Whittaker - Travel Advisor​

Vanessa has been lucky enough to travel extensively over the years having started her travel career in 2000.
There have been some exceptional moments for her, including seeing Angkor Wat at sunrise and also watching the morning sunrise over the iconic Sun Gate at Machu Picchu.

Vanessa finds it impossible to isolate one favourite place, but some of the many are New York, Norway, San Francisco, Hawaii, Vietnam, London and Cambodia. Her favourite cruising voyage was with Ponant through Norway which was spectacular.
Vanessa loves travelling and immersing herself in the culture and food of a new destination.

With two grown up daughters who are also keen travellers, Vanessa loves seeing the excitement travel brings to them – some of the Family holidays she has done are Fiji, Thailand, Bali, Hawaii, Europe and the USA.

Sophie Anderson - Travel Advisor

Sophie started in the travel industry in 2011 and commenced working with Destination HQ in 2013 as a Luxury Travel Advisor.

Having lived in Canada for 2 years, she has a deep appreciation for natural beauty and outdoor activities.

Sophie is a Club Med specialist, having visited 8 different Club Med resorts worldwide (snow & sun resorts). Her personal favourites include Kani in the Maldives enjoying the gorgeous blue waters of the Indian Ocean and Peisey-Vallandry in the French Alps.

As a mother of two young children, Sophie excels at crafting family-oriented vacations that cater to diverse needs and interests.

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

Holly discovered Destination HQ in 2014… and there her love of travel and those that share the travel bug with her escalated! 

Having travelled extensively over more than 25 years, Holly is inspired by new experiences, nature, and fascinating cultures and people.  Holly tends to lean toward active travel in upmost comfort, with a passion to discover unique experiences, and step away from the ordinary. Her recent travels took her to Antarctica where she found herself hiking volcanoes one day, and exploring prehistoric caves on zodiac the next. Holly is relentless in her search to discover the best possible travel experience for my clients.

Her favourite destinations are Antarctica, South America, Europe River Cruising, Spain, France, Italy, UK, Fiji, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Greenland and Iceland. What a list!

Kirsty Hewitt - Travel Advisor​

Having travelled to USA, Hawaii, Canada, Turkey, England, Ireland, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Bali, Borneo, Maldives and Tahiti, Kirsty’s favourite place of all is Fiji which she has travelled to extensively over 20 times – BULA! She also loved Sri Lanka, staying in luxurious hotels and enjoying the diversity the country has to offer. 

Josephine Gaynor - Operations Manager

From the time she was a little girl, travel was in Jo’s blood, and she been so fortunate since joining the team at Destination HQ in 2013 to share her passion for travel with so many of our valued clients.

Jo has travelled to many destinations in the world throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Mauritius and also the Northern Lights in Lapland!

Jo’s favourite place of all would have to be Ireland where everyone is happy and always willing to offer a friendly smile. Hawaii the land of Aloha shares a special place in Jo’s heart.