Executive Team


 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 .

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Product


ASHLEIGH ELLIS – Product Coordinator

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

I love that the work we do is completely team orientated. We all rely on the work of one and other, and because everyone is good at what they do, everything runs so smoothly. Being a part of team like this means you really feel like whatever job you are doing, no matter how seemingly small it might be, you are really contributing to what we are doing in the luxury travel industry.

  • A destination on my bucket list? Why?

Definitely Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in the Blue Mountains… as it is such a special place to  experience this beautiful part of Australia. I think stargazing in the heart of the Blue Mountains surrounded by nothing but wildlife and the Australian outdoors would be incredibly memorable

 

MEGAN LEHMANN – Product & Projects Coordinator

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

I enjoy the dynamic and energetic work environment at The Tailor, we are a team of hard working and creative individuals who are pushing the boundaries in Australian luxury travel!

  • A destination on my bucket list… Why?

Cruising the Kimberley in style aboard True North – what more can you want. Learning about the landscapes and history from their expert guides while staying in comfort and enjoying good food, wine and conversation!

 

Travel Designers


KYLIE DAMEN – Senior Travel Designer

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

I love that not every trip is the same – we get to create amazing journeys that are customised for every client’s needs and interests.  It’s also about helping create great memories for our clients.  Plus the team are great and there is never a dull moment!

  • Top travel tip

Take the time to stop and really enjoy the location you are in … these days everyone is constantly on the go!  Even better, if possible, turn off your phone – take a break!

 

LISA WILLIAMS – Senior Travel Designer

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

I love working at The Tailor because as a destination specialist it allows me to showcase and share incredible experiences that Australia, one of the BEST countries in the world has to offer. Australia has such an amazing variety of unique and wonderful experiences so every trip we create is different and I can’t wait to share these with visitors who will leave with memories that will last forever.

  • Take me back to…

Saffire Freycinet, its stunning location is truly breathtaking, along with its amazing food and wine, it is an experience not to be missed!

 

RACHEL WOOD – Senior Travel Designer (UK based)

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

I get to chat all-day-every-day to people about my favourite place – Australia! The destination may be the same, but the people I talk to are all very different and are looking to visit Australia for a variety of reasons; it could be to satisfy a dream they have, to see family and friends, celebrate an event or revisit an old haunt from a previous visit. I love finding out about people and helping them select the best places to make the most of their time in Australia.

  • A destination on my bucket list… Why?

Sal Salis to swim with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef – I love the remoteness of the region and the thought of sleeping close to the shore line, under the stars.

 

JANELLE LESKE – Senior Travel Designer

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

I love working at The Tailor as we create customise itineraries showcasing the absolute best of our fabulous country.  Working with a select group of suppliers and up and coming product to create incredible experiences is rewarding and fun.  And the ability to meet and work with clients from all over the world means everything we do is different and completely unique to the customer.  Not to forget experiencing all of these magical destinations makes it even better, and working as a part of the fabulous team!

  • Beach escape or outback adventure? Why?

It has to be both – an action packed outback adventure that is hands on meeting the characters of this country, seeing the wildlife, lots of activity and incredible landscapes, followed by down time on any one of our beautiful beaches to enjoy snorkelling, diving, water activities or simply relaxing – why should you have to choose!!!

 

CAROLINE DENSLEY – Senior Travel Designer

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

Passionate and inspiring people who have an awesome suite of products to package together for clients that showcase an amazing Australia.

  • City or Wilderness? Why and where?

Wilderness; Arnhem Land – the rich Indigenous history that overlays a beautiful region adds a sense of place to the location and experiences available

 

CATE HARLEY – Senior Travel Designer

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

I love knowing that the destinations, accommodation and activities we offer at The Tailor are at the pinnacle of Australian travel experiences.

  • If I could live anywhere in Australia it would be

Near Byron Bay, for its climate, gorgeous beaches, beautiful hinterland and laidback outdoor lifestyle

 

DEBRA PIETSCH – Senior Travel Designer

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

I love The Tailor team. And that includes everyone – my colleagues, our trusted suppliers and even the boss! I love the fact that we’re all 100% committed to ensuring each trip we design is perfect for every traveller.

  • If I could live anywhere in Australia it would be… Why?

I’d love to follow the sun for a couple years and live everywhere in Australia. Up to tropical Far North Queensland and Darwin or Broome during the winter months. And back to the southern Australia wine regions and beautiful Tasmania during the hot summer.

 

KERRY HOLLOWAY – Senior Travel Designer

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

I love the whole experience from initial contact and planning a trip with clients, and then following them on their journey – you often feel like you’re along for the ride, and sharing the adventure.

  • Favourite family holiday destination. Why?

We love Far North Queensland,  with the reef and rainforest on the doorstep it is such a special part of Australia, and Tasmania for the beautiful landscapes, amazing food and wine scene, and most of all our nieces and nephews that call Tassie home.

 

SAMANTHA BALL – Travel Designer

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

Not every day is the same at the Tailor and you do learn something new or discover somewhere new each day. Learning something new about the country you live in is fascinating and reminds me of how blessed we are to live in this amazing part of the world!

  • Three things you’ll always find in my carry-on baggage
    • 1… My toothbrush
    • 2… Pj’s
    • 3… 2 days change of clothes

As an ex-flight attendant, I have had my luggage delayed, flight changes, mishaps with liquids in my luggage etc. so I always like to be prepared for the unexpected. Also if you are too lazy or too tired to open your suitcase when you get to your destination, you can just access your pj’s in your hand luggage!

 

DANIELLE DE LORME – Travel Designer

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

Working with a great team of people. Everyone has a story to tell.

  • If I could wake up anywhere in Australia tomorrow it would be… 

Watching the sunrise over Uluru…. It keeps life in perspective

 

NICK & TERI TALBOT PRICE – Travel Designers

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

We love being part of a very friendly and professional team that always goes the extra mile to help guests with their ultimate travel experience.  Nothing is too difficult.

  • Top travel tip

Teri: Enjoy every single moment of your trip, unplug from technology!

  • One thing I always pack in my suitcase

Nick: My sense of fun and adventure!

 

Luxury Day Tours


REBECCA GABRIEL – Director of Sales

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

In addition to being part of a well-respected luxury travel company, I love immersing myself with a knowledgeable and passionate team. Working at The Tailor, I love learning about new and unique locations, hideaways and experiences. We live in the ‘lucky country’ and I feel fortunate to sell it to others….in luxury!

  • One thing I miss about home every time I travel…

My pillow! And my kids if they are not with me – of course :)

 

LUKA JAMESON – Product & Reservations Consultant

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

I love the dynamic nature of The Tailor. Each day there is something different, or someone new to work with! It’s an ever-changing and exciting industry to be a part of.

  • Favourite family holiday destination. Why?

Venture North (Northern Territory) – by far this has been my favourite family holiday destination. It was one of the best experiences, and there is something so special about the top end of Australia. Lots of laughs, an abundance of culture, and some pretty awesome sights! Would highly recommend to anyone who loves the Outback!

 

Technology


JORGE MORILLAS – Web Designer

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor?

I tend to think that my role at The Tailor is being an “Illusionist”. When you expose your work to thousands of people via our website, you understand you are creating a window to make viewers capture an idea and a style of travel they are pursuing.

  • A destination on my bucket list… Why?

Lizard Island because this beautiful island is one of the best and most unique spots to experience the Great Barrier Reef.

 

LUKE PIKE – The Tailor TV Producer

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

Is that something exciting is always around the corner… The work never gets boring because a new project always comes around before the last one is finished. It’s a very dynamic company!

  • Take me back to…

The Great Barrier Reef on Lizard Island, it is a truly wondrous place.

 

Administration


ANN-MARIE WAYDOCK – Office Administrator

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

There is always something new and exciting to challenge my mind working at The Tailor

  • City or Wilderness? Why and where?

Wilderness; escape to the Kimberley’s, to a remote and unique location, off the beaten track – hopefully in the next year or so!

 

EDITH LUO – Book keeper

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

The people at The Tailor are a pleasure to work with and make it enjoyable to come to work. I love that everyone cares and that you have flexibility when needed.

  • Three things you’ll always find in my carry-on baggage

o   1… Passport/visa(s) or Photo IDs

o   2… Cash and credit card(s)

o   3… Reservations and itineraries with Hotel and/or tour contact information

 

PETA WOLFF – PA to the Managing Director

  • What do I love about working at The Tailor

I’m fairly new to The Tailor, but have had numerous dealings ‘from the other side of the counter’ with the team, so to actually be one now is awesome.  The enthusiasm, teamwork, excitement and of course the incredible experiences and product we have available make my day – every day.  And there is more exciting stuff on the radar … so I’m sticking around!

  • Beach escape or outback adventure? Why?

I really have to make a choice?  I live at the beach, so I guess that is my favourite place to be … but have also had a couple of outback adventures which I loved … the beauty, culture, magic of Australia really is unique and humbling.

 

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