Director & Corporate Advisory

Drew Kluska - Managing Director

Drew was raised on a property in rural South Australia before attending boarding school and university in Adelaide majoring in Agricultural Science. Drew travelled to Kenya in 1996 and found himself hosting guests at one of the flagships of East African tourism, Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy.

It was this experience that prompted him to found The Tailor in 1998, showcasing the best of Australia through the eyes of those who know it best ‘The Locals’, whilst always maintaining an exceptional standard of quality in all areas.

Drew’s passion has led to The Tailor growing to be one of the largest luxury travel companies in Australia and rated as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies On Earth” and “Number ONE in Australia” by National Geographic Adventure USA .

Howard Saunders - Partner & Private East African Guide

Howard was born and raised in Australia and spent much of his early life out in the bush. Over ten years ago Howard moved to Kenya to become a Professional Safari Guide through his love of the African environment, the biodiversity of the wildlife and his passion for conserving it.

Howard began with Ker & Downey Safaris (Kenya) in the late 1990s as a guide and has since joined the Board of Directors of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association as recognition of his knowledge and leadership abilities. Howard has been a key partner in The Tailor for many years and is our highly preferred private African guide.

Howard is married to Stephanie, a PHD researcher, and they have two children.

Rick Albertini - Advisory Board Chair

Rick Albertini qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994; he is a Partner of Brentnalls SA, a Chartered Accounting Practice in Hindmarsh South Australia. Rick specialises in business advisory services including advisory boards, strategic planning and management, benchmarking, cash flow, finance and wealth creation planning.

Rick joined The Tailor in 2008 as an Advisory Board member. He is married with two children.

Team

Kirsty Siekmann - Product Manager

Kirsty was raised on Kangaroo Island and has lived in Papua New Guinea where she worked in a dive resort and owned a local produce processing business in Rabaul. She returned to Kangaroo Island where she was Operations Manager for a 4WD tour operator before moving to Adelaide and joining The Tailor in 2003. Kirsty has two children and lives with her partner Andrew.

Kylie Damen - Senior Travel Designer

Kylie was involved in Regional Airlines of South Australia before providence saw her come to The Tailor in 2005. Kylie has vast tourism experience and is valued highly by the team for her product knowledge.

Kylie and her husband Eric have two young daughters.

Janelle Leske - Manager GSA Services & Senior Travel Designer

After growing up on South Australia’s West Coast, Janelle moved to Adelaide to study Tourism Management which earned her a graduate marketing assistant role with the South Australian Tourism Commission in the USA. Janelle returned home and took up a role as a South Australian travel specialist with the SATC before joining The Tailor team in 2005.
Janelle is married to Darren.

Rachel Wood - Senior Travel Designer

Rachel joined us in May 2012 and is based in Oxford, UK looking after our UK, Europe and some of our USA business. Although English, she lived in Australia for many years and has visited countless times and is extremely passionate about all things Antipodean. Rachel has worked for nearly 20 years in the travel industry and was, until recently the Programme Manager of one of the UK’s most respected travel companies, having joined them in 2004 to establish and manage their now successful Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific programme. Rachel has just returned from a two month trip to Australia researching new hotels, tours and regions.

Kerry Holloway - Travel Designer

Kerry was born and educated in Adelaide before living in Melbourne, Sydney, Palm Cove (Far North Queensland) and returning to Adelaide. She has worked as an International Flight Attendant, in a luxury resort, and at a language school. Kerry joined The Tailor in 2009. Kerry and her husband Geoff have three very energetic young boys.

Lisa Williams - GSA Co-ordinator & Travel Designer

Lisa has over 30 years’ experience in the Travel Industry covering the retail, corporate and wholesale sectors and over this time has built strong relationships within the industry. For 14 years Lisa worked at a New Zealand Travel Specialist including holding the positions of Reservations Manager and for the last 8 years as Group & Special Interest Manager. Born and raised in Adelaide, Lisa lives with her husband and two children and joined the team at The Tailor in May 2012.

Cate Harley - Travel Designer

Cate’s childhood was punctuated with frequent moves throughout Australia and Asia, instilling in her an addiction to travel and a need for adventure. Her first career as an Artefacts Conservator took her to archaeological and cultural sites in remote and exciting places like Egypt’s Sahara desert, northern Syria and Australia’s Kimberley region.

She came to tourism serendipitously in 1994 and has since worked as a tour guide in Tropical North Queensland and Europe and for an inbound operator and a rafting company in Cairns. Cate and her husband Andy established a tourism business in Queensland’s outback which they ran for 16 years. The family travel at every opportunity and in the ultimate lifestyle change they now live in the French Alps where Cate looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of Australia to bring clients’ travel dreams to life.

Ashleigh Jones - Co-ordinator & Travel Designer

Ashleigh Jones, The Tailor’s newest team member, says she feels incredibly lucky to be working in the luxury travel industry and is relishing the opportunity to learn about some of Australia’s most exclusive travel destinations. “All of my friends are very jealous of my job,” she says. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Ashleigh is currently completing a degree in Human Resources Management at the University of Adelaide and also plays professional netball for the Tango Netball Club. “I’ve been playing professionally for five years,” she says.

Ashleigh comes from an adventurous family. She has fond memories of camping holidays in places like Flinders Rangers in the South Australian Outback. “I loved those camping trips to Wilpena Pound,” she says. “We were definitely more of a camping family than a hotel family.”

Apart from exploring more of Australia including a recent visit to El Questro Homestead in the Kimberley and Bullo River in the Top End, Ashleigh is also looking forward to broadening her international travel horizons with a trip to Spain later in the year.

Luke Pike - Producer and Filmmaker The Tailor TV

Luke joined The Tailor team in June 2013, amongst Luke’s many achievements include the creation and production of the hit television series Abalone Wars as seen on Discovery Channel. Abalone Wars has aired in Australia, USA and around the world and is currently entering its 3rd season with famous narrator Mike Rowe. Luke’s role at The Tailor is to shoot and create inspiring clips of Australia’s foremost lodges, exclusive island resorts, safari style camps and experiences.

Megan Lehmann - Product & Projects Coordinator

Megan was raised on a farm in country South Australia, then attended boarding school and University in Adelaide. Megan spent time working in the USA for a leading luxury tour operator, assisting with the implementation of their Australian travel department. Upon her return to Australia in 2001, she joined The Tailor. Megan and her husband Jason reside in Adelaide and have two children.

Penny Kluska - Office Manager

Penny was born and raised in Adelaide. Following numerous studies at University, Penny travelled extensively throughout the world and Australia. She met Drew at the inception of The Tailor and helped research some of the initial product that would eventually become the flagship of the company.

Penny and Drew have two children and live in Adelaide.

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