Meet Our Team

//Meet Our Team
Meet Our Team 2018-07-17T22:57:56+00:00

Our job is to make your travel as well-planned and enjoyable as possible. Our team of product managers and travel consultants are dedicated to providing our teachers with personalised and timely communication and service.

School Team

Jackie Colonnelli

Team Leader and Product Manager

Jackie Colonnelli is a product manager for our school tours, liaising with teachers and students on confirmed tours. After studying economics and working in banking, she returned to her first love – travel – and has many years’ experience in the travel industry. She has recently completed a Master of History.

Natalie Levy

Business Development and Product Manager

Natalie Levy is a product manager for our school tours as well as our sales and marketing activities and teacher professional development program. She is a qualified teacher with degrees in Business and Education. Natalie has been leading tours throughout Europe since 2005 and spent a year living in Italy.

Royna McNamara

Musician / Educator / Product Manager - Music

Royna is highly regarded in the field of Music Education and she has been a Director of Music in secondary schools for over 30 years. She joins our team as the specialist on Music study tours, combining her passion for education and music with developing programs for schools and teacher professional development tours.

Caitlin Hoey

Retail Consultant

Caitlin Hoey is a retail consultant who looks after clients booked on our school tours. Caitlin comes from a retail travel background, managing an agency in a busy shopping centre. She has travelled extensively across Europe, Asia and South America and has a degree in English, Text and Writing.

Cassandra Kean

Retail Consultant

Cassandra Kean is our retail consultant who looks after clients booked on our school tours. She has over 10 years’ experience in the travel and hotel industry, in Australia and overseas. Travel is her passion, and she has had many adventures travelling through Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Leanne Meoli

Retail Consultant

Leanne Meoli a retail consultant who looks after clients booked on our school tours. Leanne has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia and has over 10 years’ experience in the travel industry, including as a Qantas flight attendant.

Company Directors

Stuart Barrie

Director

Stuart has 25 years' experience in the travel industry and is a director of Academy Travel. Stuart’s great passion is 20th century history and his detailed knowledge covers both European and American history. He regularly leads tours to Germany and the United States for Academy Travel.

Robert Veel

Director, Creative Director

Robert has 20 years' experience designing and leading educational travel programs and is a director of Academy Travel. He has designed and led many tours to Italy, Turkey and the United States, as well as travelling to Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Canada. Robert's special interest is in Italian medieval and Renaissance history.

Fergus Geddes

Director, Retail Consultant

Fergus has more than 20 years' experience in the travel industry and is a director of Academy Travel. Fergus manages the retail side of our operation, using his extensive knowledge of airlines and fares to ensure our clients have access to the best travel options available. Fergus has many years experience as a tour manager for groups in Europe and Australia.

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