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Meet the team

Alice Gully on a self drive safari in Africa
Sales Director & Owner
Alice Gully, the owner of Aardvark Safaris, has been involved in African travel since 1995. Her interest in all things African started with a zoology degree at Newcastle where her entomology tutor inspired with stories of exotic creatures that could only be found in Africa.
Richard Preston
Chief Operating Officer
After qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant, Richard moved into industry and held a number of finance positions over a nine year stretch with Coca-Cola in London.
Katy Duncan
Head of Marketing
Travel enthusiast, hilarious dancer and expert multi-tasker. Katy comes with a wealth of marketing knowledge and expertise having worked in travel for almost 20 years'. 
Jo on horseback
Senior Travel Expert
Jo joined Aardvark’s Scottish office in September 2006, fresh from two ski seasons, and as a farmer’s daughter felt instantly at home with the chickens, ducks, sheep, dogs and horses that frequent Aardvark Scotland! Animals and skiing aside, Jo’s passions include cooking, travelling, hiking and horse riding.
Francis Naumann
Senior Travel Expert
Francis grew up outdoors, spending far more time on his parents’ farm than he ever did at school. As well as being engrossed in the books of Wilbur Smith from an early age, a growing obsession with Africa was given a boost on a family holiday in Kenya when he was just 10.
Tansy Shingleton
Travel Expert
Having studied travel and tourism at college and International Tourism Management at university Tansy has always had an interest in the industry. Tansy’s African travel so far has been a month spent in Southern Africa including a safari in Kruger National Park, cultural experiences in Eswatini, and some time on the beach in Mozambique.
Robyn Wauchope
Travel Expert
Robyn's love for the outdoors and wildlife started when growing up on a farm in the Scottish Borders taking any opportunity to take an animal in as a pet. She soon got the travel bug and loved being able to explore and see how cultures and nature vary around the world. Her favorite experiences so far have been playing with an elephant calf in Thailand, kayaking with orcas in Canada and exploring Cape Town and the surrounding areas.
Emily at the sea
Travel Expert
Emily joined the Aardvark Safaris' Tidworth office in September 2023. Emily has been a nature enthusiast from a young age, getting her first pair of binoculars at age 11 for her bird-watching passion at the time. She is a huge animal lover and is excited about the possibility of seeing them in the wild.
Lucinda Crawford
Travel Expert
For Lucinda, joining the Aardvark Safaris team was an irresistible opportunity to twin travel with curating others’ ever-lasting holiday memories.
Matthew Williams - Aardvark Safaris
Travel Expert
Inspired by wildlife and wild places from childhood Matthew studied for qualifications in animal management and a degree in Zoology at Reading University before flying off to Australia. Years of adventures and working with eagles, kangaroos, crocodiles and venomous snakes followed, in both the arid outback and the tropical Top End.
Amelia Rowe
Marketing Assistant
Growing up on the coast of New Zealand, Amelia’s life has always focused on the natural world around her. After a yearlong solo backpacking trip across the Pacific Islands and Europe she returned home, inspired by the culture, nature, and forms of art she saw, to complete a degree in Communication Design.
Mook Phongchaiyong - Aardvark Safaris
Operations
Working in sales and office administration for a satellite communications business in Thailand for 14 years, Mook started working in Operations for Aardvark Safaris in 2018. Mook likes exploring and seeing how people, cultures, nature and foods vary in different parts of the world.
Patricia Knight
Travel Concierge
Born in Brazil to an English father and Brazilian mother, Patricia grew up in a very multicultural household with a huge number of Brazilian aunties and cousins never too far away, always being loud and chatty.
Elaine in South Africa
Operations
Elaine was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. Being part of a close-knit family, travelling always formed a major part of her school years, which led to her love and interest in exploring and travel.
Christine Wächtler
Operations
Christine's appreciation for wildlife, open landscapes and the outdoors started at a young age. She was born and raised in Namibia and spent a lot of her time on family camping trips exploring her home country. She then moved to Cape Town, South Africa when she was 16 years old to complete her schooling and start her journey in the tourism industry.
Carolyn Dale
Finance Assistant
Carolyn joined the Aardvark Safaris Hampshire team in May 2018, where she works as a finance assistant alongside Richard Preston. Her previous finance experience comes from 21 years working for the family manufacturing business, so this has been quite a change.