Meet our team

Meet our team

World Journeys was founded back in 2007 to meet the demand for specialist skills in tailor-made travel. Our founding Directors have decades of travel experience under their belts, and work hands on, answering the phones and creating itineraries, alongside our experienced and passionate team of Travel Designers.  A dedicated group of travel specialists, we have spent many years perfecting our craft! Some of the team are very specialised in certain areas of the world, but there will always be someone who will gladly assist you wherever you choose to go.

World Journeys – Awarded ‘Best Niche Wholesaler’ at the 2018 & 2019 TAANZ Awards

Brett Barclay -


Brett is an inveterate traveller – 120 countries and counting. Recent travels have seen Brett ramble through Italy, sail the islands of Croatia, cruise the great rivers of Portugal and France, a work sabbatical in Qatar and an indepth tour of Ethiopia. Brett loves to share his many travel experiences and counts seeing the gorillas in Uganda, taking part in the Carnival in Rio and snorkelling in the Galapagos Islands as three of many highlights. He also has a passion for cruising and he recently enjoyed  an Antarctic cruise, getting up close to gentoo penguins and whales!

Kate Couling -


Kate travelled by motorbike through the UK, France, Switzerland, Spain and Germany, lived for several years in the Middle East and has spent time in Africa, Asia, Canada and parts of South America. Kate revels in journeys involving Egypt, Israel and Jordan, feeding her passion for ancient civilisations and Middle Eastern cultures. Add to that Easter Island, Peru, Colombia and the Kingdom of Bhutan.  Kate recently explored the Manor Houses of southern Ireland.  Clearly the Blarney Stone has had its effect – just you try and stop her talking about it!

Chris Lyons -


With decades of experience belying his youthful countenance, Chris has been involved in developing unique travel experiences for New Zealanders for many years. Chris has cheerfully escorted groups all over the world and has recently led a small group journey along the ancient Silk Road, hosted our Grand South American Journey, re-discovered his sense of adventure in West Africa, fell in love with the Atacama Desert, and visited Ethiopia for the first time!

Davina Bennetto -

Director of Sales

Davina was born in the Channel Islands, and like many of us, her childhood travels led to a life-long passion for travel, and an impressive 19 year career. Davina lives the ‘been there, done that’ life, having swum in the warm waters of Zanzibar, slept under the stars in the Sahara, cycled the Death Road in Bolivia, travelled through the Canadian Rockies and learned to cook in India. Recently, she explored Vietnam, hosted a trip to Japan, and traversed the plains of Africa through Botswana, Victoria Falls and Mozambique – all experiences she will put to good use in her role with World Journeys!

Caroline Clegg -

Marketing Manager

Caroline, our Marketing Manager has covered all continents bar Antarctica! Highlights? An epic year in Africa, trekking the Inca Trail, the Trans Mongolian Railway, cruising the Galapagos and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro on a significant birthday.  More recently, Caroline has enjoyed luxuriating in the Maharajahs palace hotels of India, the delights of Japan in autumn colours, a small-ship cruise in Alaska and a repeat visit to Namibia, but this time in true World Journeys style!

Manu Neves

Manu Neves -

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Manu was born in Brazil and has always loved exploring new places and discovering new cultures. With almost 10 years of experience in marketing and communications, Manu has found at World Journeys the opportunity to combine those skills with her passion for story-telling and her love of travel – lucky us!  Having enjoyed time at university in Colombia, then travelling in Canada, the USA, Europe and Japan, we have warned Manu that her bucket list will now start filling up again!

Sue Hague -

Operations Manager

Sue was struck by the travel bug when her older brother won a family trip to Miami Beach at a young age! Sue has worked in travel in the UK, Australia and NZ for many years, including travel for music bands, corporates and retail travel. I love sharing my passion! I have travelled to all 7 continents and always find it difficult to pick my highlights, but being on safari in Africa and traversing the Antarctic are my absolute favourites. In my experience, the more you travel, the more there is to see and do, and there are always amazing people to meet and share adventures with!

Tony O’Callaghan -

Travel Designer

The stats say it all – 36 years working in travel, and 80 countries visited over 6 continents. Tony’s vast knowledge and experience are second-to-none. Africa is a particular passion, with a favourite moment being canoeing on the Zambezi River. Other wow moments have been had sleeping under the stars in Petra and the incredible sunsets at Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal. While travelling, Tony is most likely to be found exploring on foot, eating like a local, and soaking up the history.  Recent travels have taken him to the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar – and he’s happy to talk to anyone wanting to go.

Dorothy Chambers -

Travel Designer

Dorothy grew up in California before moving to NZ in 2000 and has already travelled a lot of the world. She has been to all six continents but especially loves Botswana, Namibia, Oman, Iceland, Faroe Islands, and Chilean Patagonia with Japan probably being her favourite (she has been 7 times already). Her passion for travel, still strong as ever, is pulling her towards Mongolia, Sri Lanka and East Africa which are all next on her list. With 15 years in the travel industry, she brings great experience to the World Journeys team.

Zoe Clarke -

Travel Designer

Zoe brings with her an ambitious “to do” list including Antarctica and Iceland! Having worked and lived abroad in Canada, America and England, Zoe has also explored some the world’s more exotic destinations. Memorable experiences include hiking up to Machu Picchu, cycling the “Death Road” in Bolivia, leading a scout troop along the Appalachian Trail, and luxuriating on a kettuvallum in Kerala, southern India. Very World Journeys!  More recent travels have included exotic Sri Lanka and a memorable trip to Japan where she got engaged.

James Blankley -

Travel Designer & Cruise Expert

James joins World Journeys with a wealth of travel experience under his belt, having specialised in leisure travel at some of New Zealand’s leading travel agencies.  Reflecting his love of spectacular landscapes, James is based in beautiful Queenstown, and considers Scandinavia, Italy, France, Greece and the Med’ in general as his ‘other’ happy places.  With an eye for a more discerning style of travel, and in-depth knowledge of luxury cruising, do get in touch if you need personal recommendations!

Natalie Pirihi -

Finals Team

Born and raised in London with a hankering to explore the world – Natalie moved to NZ in her early 20s and hasn’t looked back! With a passion for travel, her career kicked off in wholesale,   in both the UK and NZ, then 12 years for an airline before taking some time out to raise her two boys. Natalie has travelled to India, Mexico, USA, Italy, France, Thailand and Hong Kong, but the wish-list never gets shorter!

Jackie Bristow -

Finals Team

Jackie started her first job with an Australian travel wholesaler more years ago than she cares to remember. She has experience with inbound and outbound travel, cruising, niche product and much more besides. Jackie is particularly passionate about Canada and Alaska but is more than capable to turn her hand to just about anywhere.