Naturetrek Staff

All of Naturetrek’s staff offer a friendly, flexible and expert service. Most have been with the company a long time and know the trade inside out. All our staff have a very keen interest in natural history, conservation and travel, and we pride ourselves on the extremely personal and knowledgeable service we offer you. You can find details about individual members of staff below.

Business

Andy Tucker - General Manager
Andy cut his birding teeth in the YOC in primary school and later on coach trips run by his local RSPB group. Growing up with a love of mountains, sport, wildlife and adventure, he completed the Land’s End to John O’Groats bike ride at 16 and went on to study Aquatic Biology at Aberystwyth. This led to work in fisheries consultancy for a year after graduation and then travel to south-east Peru (Tambopata) in 1996 to work as a guide in the Amazon rainforest. He followed this with a year in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Between guiding commitments, he took the opportunity to travel around the continent, studying the birds, wildlife, culture and Spanish language. He joined Naturetrek in 1998, initially to combine tour leading with work in our Operations Department. Nowadays, as General Manager, Andy remains heavily involved in product development and tour operations and still manages to lead the odd tour occasionally. However he’s equally likely to be found analysing customer feedback, strategising, and grappling with industry issues, HR and online marketing. Away from the world of wildlife travel, Andy has exchanged his football boots for running trainers, remains a keen but occasional cricketer, and is a lifelong supporter of Watford FC.

Reservations and Customer Support

Gini Whitlock - Reservations & Customer Support Manager
Gini came to work for Naturetrek in November 1997 after spending two years in the Falkland Islands where she was employed by the Falkland Islands Tourist Board. Apart from arranging tours of the Islands, including those for Naturetrek, much of her time was spent exploring with her twin daughters who were also fascinated by the abundance of wildlife there. They would spend countless hours watching the penguins’ antics, from the hilarious but cross-looking Rockhoppers to the aloof Kings who tried desperately to keep their chicks from playing with her daughters! Although Gini is now completely office bound, it doesn’t stop her dreaming of all the wonderful places we can send you to. Gini is the manager of our very busy reservations department which deals with all the bookings we receive and makes sure everyone is invoiced for their holidays! She also takes care of any of your insurance queries.

Operations

Paul Stanbury - Operations Manager
Paul was one of the first members of staff to join the Naturetrek team. He graduated in Environmental Biology from Plymouth University in the summer of 1995 and, after travelling in South East Asia for the rest of that year, joined Naturetrek in January 1996. He now works as operations manager and lives in the village of Greatham in the heart of the Hampshire South Downs with his wife Emma and two boys. Paul spends much of the year based in our Chawton office and looks after an ever-growing portfolio of Naturetrek holidays, ranging from a long weekend in the New Forest to three weeks in New Zealand. He is still let out occasionally, however, and leads a couple of tours a year. Paul's interest in birds developed at an early age and has since broadened into a love of all wildlife. He has travelled widely, having visited all seven continents, but still looks for any excuse to return to western Canada and the polar regions, his favourite destinations.

Technical & Media

Sara Frost - Website & Media Manager
Inspired by the countryside of County Durham in which she grew up, natural history documentaries, and such authors as Jack London, Sara developed a passion for wildlife at a young age. She went on to study Zoology at Newcastle University, also becoming president of the university’s Zoological Society. After graduating, she worked in British Columbia, Canada, as a wildlife rehabilitator caring for bears, Coyotes, otters and Raccoons on a daily basis. When she wasn’t providing medical care to injured wildlife she could be found hiking in the mountains, photographing wildlife and avoiding bears (usually successfully). On her return to the UK she moved to the Scottish Hebrides, where she spent three years working at sea as a wildlife guide. She also spent her summers as the Senior Wildlife Officer on a mini-cruise ship in the North Sea, surveying whales and dolphins and delivering evening lectures to guests. Always keen to be involved with media, Sara has presented on both live radio and TV, is regularly published in wildlife magazines and has worked as a guide for Ray Mears and TV film crews for several natural history documentaries, as well as working on the BBC's 'The One Show'. She now manages Naturetrek's website and marketing and specialises in leading our cruises in the Maldives, Scotland, Azores and Indonesia. Outside work and wildlife, she enjoys running, writing and planning her next overseas adventure, and has recently returned from an expedition in Nepal trekking the Everest 'High Passes