Meet Our Team


We love this country! Our team of friendly  Travel Professionals has been creating holidays around Australia since 2001 – and we are pretty good at it!

So if you want an unforgettable holiday, that not only surpasses your expectations but also eliminates all the guessing and hard work, then talk to one of our team today – We are there with you all the way!

Read our reviews and find out why our guests just love what we do!

Elizabeth Marshall

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Since graduating from university, Elizabeth has now found her true calling in Tourism. She has an understandable love for the great outdoors and a true passion when it comes to helping people discover Australia. Elizabeth takes great pride in ensuring our team has the latest information to showcase the very best Australia has to offer and fits in perfectly to run First Light Travel’s Customer Services.   

Emma McCormick

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Emma grew up in the idyllic Whitsundays relishing the beautiful islands and Great Barrier Reef. Needing a change of scenery, Emma moved to Brisbane where she spent most of her weekends venturing to the Sunshine or Gold Coast beaches, beautiful hinterlands and National Parks. Emma really enjoys exploring Australia’s cities for the arts, culture, great cafes and coffee. She also loves getting out amongst nature and is a keen hiker, biker, diver and amateur photographer. As one of our Senior Travel Designers, Emma prides herself in creating the best customised itineraries so you can be sure you are in safe Aussie hands.

Jess Lander

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Originally from the USA, Jess got her first taste of the wonders of Australia when embarking on her study abroad program in Bathurst back in 2013. As soon as she graduated, Jess moved straight back to Australia where she initially settled in Sydney to soak up some more of the awesome Aussie culture she had come to love. Travelling all over the East Coast cemented her new found love of travel and she has not stopped since. Jess learnt to perfect her unrivalled customer service whilst working on a luxury super yacht which means that you can be sure you will have an incredible experience with Jess as your Travel Designer.

Michelle Srzich

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Michelle’s love of travel began as an exchange student in the USA back in her teens, since then she has travelled across the globe and worked in the travel industry for over twenty years. She spent many years living in Orange, travelling extensively around the Blue Mountains and along the coast from Jervis Bay all the way up to Byron Bay. With her colourful stories of living in the outback town of Broken Hill, experiences of the Clare Valley region of Adelaide, Western Australia and Victoria, Michelle is an integral member of our Travel Design team.

Daniel Walker

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Daniel’s love for travelling in Australia started young when staying local was the destination of choice for his family growing up. Daniel’s favourite part of Australia to explore is Tasmania. From the rich history of Port Arthur, the amazing food and culture of Hobart and the unique National Parks, he believes there is truly something for everyone. Daniel graduated in 2016 with a Diploma in Tourism Business Management and has been working hard in the tourism industry ever since. The highlight of Daniel’s working day is to help create dream itineraries from luxury to entry level which makes him a great fit for his Travel Designer role here at First Light Travel.

Narissa Phipps

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Upon completion of her degree in the UK, Narissa embarked on a round the world trip landing in Australia for the first time in 2013. After living on Australia’s East Coast and with the South Pacific well and truly cementing the travel bug in place, Narissa moved to New Zealand where she now proudly calls home. Using her unique experience as both a tourist and a local, Narissa now dedicates her time to personally curate the dream itinerary guaranteed to create memories of a lifetime.  

Tracy Anderson

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Tracy caught the travel bug from a young age and has dedicated her working life to sharing this passion, including spending 10 years as a Virtuoso Travel Agent in the USA. When the time came to return to the Southern Hemisphere, Tracy began the next chapter in her travel career based in Sydney before eventually settling in Melbourne. Tracy has an excellent reputation for creating bespoke, luxury itineraries that go above and beyond. Tracy is one of First Light Travel’s most experienced Senior Travel Designers so you can absolutely trust her to create and execute your dream trip.

Nigel Williamson

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Nigel was born in Adelaide Australia and has been involved in tourism for over a decade. Working as a tour guide in Africa, Nigel literally enjoyed it so much that he decided to run the company - becoming the London based Operations Manager. After completing his MBA and spending three years as a Management Consultant, Nigel felt it was time to get back to the good life - travel!

Aimee Riach

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Aimee is a budding young adventurer who has a passion for all things travel. Growing up, the school holidays were always spent on a road trip with her family. Her parents being avid travelers, inspired her love of the tourism industry, which lead her to study a Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree. Aimee’s drive for the business and logistics side of things makes her a great fit as our Product Assistant. Aimee adores Australia’s great outdoors and is planning her next trip to Uluru/Ayers Rock. On the weekend, you can find Aimee bush walking, mountain biking or surfing! 

Natalie te Dorsthorst

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Having worked in tourism all her life, talking to Natalie about Australia is like opening up a treasure chest. Whilst she loves all of Australia, her favourite place is Mildura as it ticks all the boxes as a great country town with awesome food wine and people. Of all Natalie’s experiences in Australia, her favourite is houseboating on the Murray River. In her Guest Services role, Natalie’s top tip is to make sure you spend some time finding your feet and wandering with the locals.

Steve Taylor

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After 4 years running other peoples trucks, Steve established his own successful African overland safari company, overseeing operations and logistics between London and some of the most challenging terrain in travel that there is. In 2003, Steve returned to Perth and is now using his expertise as First Light Travel's Operations Manager.

Anne Baumscheiper

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A seasoned travel professional originating from Germany, Anne loves the ocean and can’t wait to explore the fascinating underwater world that Australia has to offer now that she has completed all her dive training. When Anne’s not working hard in the office or exploring the ocean you will find her out and about on some white knuckle adventure in the great outdoors. 

Shirin Hutcheson

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Shirin migrated to NZ in 2002 from India to complete her Diploma in Travel & Tourism. She then moved to Australia and absolutely loved living in Sydney and also visiting the many other vibrant cities on her many getaways. Shirin and her husband have always loved travelling, their favourite thing to do is to visit the local farmers markets so that they can meet the locals, taste the local food as well as feed their hunger for food photography. It gives Shirin great satisfaction to work within this industry. One might say there is such little time on their visit to explore but one can explore it time and again with First Light Travel making all arrangements by just one click.

Brent Narbey

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Brent has been involved in tourism for over twenty years. He owned an agency in London for 7 years (Global Connect Travel) running `high end' adventure tours in East Africa and diving holidays in the Red Sea, along with other activities and destinations around the world. Currently attempting to mountain bike all the back country tracks he can find and living to tell the tale!

Telesia Fonoti

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Telesia has been in the Travel Industry for 20+ years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role as Product Manager. Telesia loves to regularly visit the different states of Australia as there is so much diversity. Telesia has been fortunate to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, experience world-class vineyards in South Australia, enjoy a thrill ride over the largest sand dunes in New South Wales, view the iconic 12 Apostles and witness a tidal phenomenon in Western Australia – a waterfall in the ocean! Telesia therefore knows the important of sourcing the right product for our customers so we know this task is in very capable hands.

Suzie Thorp

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Suzie is awestruck by Australia’s beauty and huge range of activities on offer. A keen diver she gained her Advanced Open Water Certificate on a live-board on the Great Barrier Reef. When she’s not exploring underwater you can find her courtside at the Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne, and with fifteen years previously in the wine industry, and a ‘foodie’ by nature, she also loves her ‘girls only’ shopping and dining trips to Sydney. 

Michelle Perrin

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Born and bred in New Zealand Michelle loves to travel to unwind.  Her favourite memories from Australia come from the 12 months spent living and working in Melbourne and exploring Tasmania with a 6 month old baby in tow.  Michelle believes that the diversity that Australia offers from busy cities to epic outdoor adventures means it has something for everyone and she looks forward to exploring the remaining two states that she hasn't visited yet.  After having worked in the IT industry for 30 years Michelle now focuses on making First Light Travel's systems even better.

Judith Pohn

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Judith comes from Amsterdam in the Netherlands. In 2004 she set out on a world trip, visiting all continents. When she arrived into Australia she didn’t leave a stone unturned covering 2,300 kilometres from Wilsons Prom National Park, all the way up to Cook Town, then to Darwin down to Esperance and Uluru. She’s even hitchhiked across the Nullarbor National Park! Judith loves the Aussies and says that their hospitality helped to make this trip her best one ever. She is looking forward to making this become true for you too.

Dmitry Piven

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Dmitry has been in travel industry since 1992. He started out in Russia as a guide for American travellers. In 2004 Dmitry finally settled in New Zealand. Since this time he has explored every corner of the country, either with clients or with his own family. Fishing, caving, rafting, walking, quad biking and doing the world’s highest bungee (134m) are amongst the activities he enjoys most.

Anatholy Pangan

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Anatholy’s vast experiences in the hospitality industry makes him a perfect fit for his accounts role at First Light Travel.  Being in the tourism industry for more than a decade in Dubai, the middle east tourism capital of the world.  Anatholy also loves travelling and has travelled in some countries in Asia like Thailand, Hongkong, China and Philippines and would now want to explore the beautiful New Zealand and Australia.  He believes that everybody needs a break from work and travelling is one of the most enjoyable and an unwinding escape from a busy work place.

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