Meet the team

Richard Smith - Aardvark Safaris
Operations Director
One of the founders of Aardvark Safaris, Richard comes from a background working in both Africa and travel. Shunning the exciting world of quantity surveying (with apologies to all exciting quantity surveyors out there)
Alice Gully on a self drive safari in Africa
Sales Director
Alice Gully, one of the owners 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.
Francis Naumann
Sales Consultant
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.
Jo on horseback
Sales Consultant
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.
Lucinda Rome
Sales Consultant
Lucinda joined the Aardvark team in 2010, fresh from a several years working at a remote bush camp in Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley – a position she found after her passion for Africa was sparked by a charity climb up Kilimanjaro and a Kenyan safari - organised, coincidentally, by Aardvark.
Richard Preston
Financial Controller
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.
Charlotte Opperman
Marketing
Charlotte arrived at Aardvark Safaris as the fourth employee when the company was just a year old. Twenty years on she still thanks her lucky stars that the day she decided to return to work coincided with Aardvark’s advertisement in the local newspaper.
Mook Phongchaiyong - Aardvark Safaris
Sales Administrator
Moving to the UK from Bangkok, Thailand, after having worked in sales and office administration—including human resources and payroll—for a satellite communications business for 14 years, Mook looked for an opportunity where she would be able to apply her experiences and skills as well as enjoy doing something close to where her passions lie, i.e. travel (apart from food, of course).
Becky Thomson
Sales Consultant
Becky studied Geography at Edinburgh University, and in a previous role working for a luxury tailor made company, Becky was lucky enough to plan many magnificent adventures in Scotland and gain first-hand experience of designing holidays-of-a-lifetime for clients.
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.
Tansy Shingleton
Sales Administrator
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.
Jackie Smith - Aardvark Safaris
Sales Administrator
Jackie has joined Aardvark Safaris’ Scottish office as a sales administrator having worked in the travel industry for over 30 years. She has travelled widely throughout Europe and next on a very long bucket list is South Africa.