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.

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.
Simon Dicks - Reservations and Customer Support
Annie Dale - Reservations and Customer Support
Janice Davison - Reservations and Customer Support
Georgia Lemanczyk - Reservations and Customer Support

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.
Rajan Jolly - Operations Manager
Tom Mabbett - Operations Manager
Kerrie Porteous - Operations Manager
David Phillips - Operations and Astronomy
Georgie Head - Tailormade Holidays
Lara Semple - Tailormade Assistant
David Shute - Operations Assistant
Lara Broom - Operations Assistant
Alison Steel - Operations Manager
Tim Russ - Operations Assistant
Ben Chapple - Operations Assistant
Hayley James - Operations Assistant
Julie Lacey - Flights Consultant
Linda Sladen - Ticketing & BSP Officer
Peter Dunn - Tour Report & Checklist Manager
Barney Jones - Private Groups & Compliance

Business

David Mills - Managing Director
David, the company’s managing director, began Naturetrek in 1986 with his wife, Maryanne. Although trained as a solicitor, David has always loved travel, mountains and wildlife. He has a wealth of experience in Europe, Australasia and Africa, and still more in India and the Himalayan countries, plus an extensive knowledge of their natural history. For two years he trekked independently through every region of the Himalaya, studying and photographing its wildlife. Since then he has written articles, contributed to books, and led and organised many treks there and in Africa. Other travels have taken him throughout South-east Asia and the Middle East. His interests focus on birds and mammals, and the history and culture of the Himalaya. He is also passionate about cricket, and has been a chairman, player (with his sons), supporter and Colts coach-manager at the Southern League club, Hambledon CC – the ‘Cradle of Cricket’. David lives nearby in a quiet corner of Hampshire, together with Maryanne and their sons, Thomas and Oliver.
Maryanne Mills - Director & Sustainable Tourism Manager
Andy Tucker - General Manager
Katryn Bateman - Accounts

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
Tom Ambrose - Website & Media Assistant