My first job after graduating as an ecologist from Leeds University was in Africa – little did I know the importance of this on my life. As the permanent ecologist for Raleigh International in Zimbabwe I set up numerous conservation projects, managed hundreds of volunteers, collated scientific data and wrote many reports. And it was here that I promptly fell in love with the continent.
Since Zimbabwe, I have spent many years working in Africa, have led expeditions to Africa as well as other far flung places, worked for a game capture unit in South Africa and set up conservation and community projects in Swaziland.
This led me to setting up my own business organising specialist holidays to the dark continent. And I still can not get enough of Africa!
I have also helped set up the first terrestrial protected area in Vanuatu and has completed Action Plans for tourism sites in the Commonwealth of Dominica. I have a passion for conservation and in-depth knowledge about African wildlife and an obsession with giraffe having spent countless hours monitoring these animals and collecting their poo!
To compliment all of this:
- I have run Sense Africa for 11 years and went Limited in 2012
- I represent Swaziland in the UK at Trade Shows
- I am also a qualified mountain leader (summer)
- I have led expeditions to 14 far flung countries including Morocco, Borneo, Vietnam and Costa Rica
- I am a remote first aider
- I am very knowledgeable about African ailments (!)
- I have a wealth of fascinating African wildlife factoids (often utterly useless)
- I love any kind of food cooked on a braai
- And apparently I do a very good camel impersonation…