Q - How long have you worked for Go Orange?
Since April 2019
Q - Why did you choose to live and work in Queenstown?
I decided to come and live in Queenstown because of Go Orange, I had a pretty wonderful London life, but the thrill of coming to work with some awesome people and in an amazing playground was too good to pass up.
Q - Tell us what you're most excited about in your new role?
All the opportunities for growth, I have a super motivated team who are just looking at sinking their teeth into something huge! And I am excited to ride the wave with them. Also having a job that I love so much if never feels like work at all!
Q - We heard you went Shotover River Rafting on your first? What did you think?
I had previously had a pretty awful experience Rafting the Zambezi about 5 years ago and thought that was the last time I would ever go in a raft! So, I was surprised to be with my brand-new team bobbing down the river, putting on a brave face… However I had nothing to worry about. I had a super time; the whole team and the guides were incredible and came out the other end unscathed, with a genuine grin and a well-deserved beer at Canyons!
Q - Tell us, what do you do in your down time?
I like to be out and about, I didn’t move to Queenstown to watch Game of Thrones (sorry… lost my audience)… I am very rarely sitting still – hiking, running, yoga, snowboarding, sports, house and work projects in general keep me occupied.
Q - What about Go Orange made you apply to take on the role of head of sales?
I have watched the company grow through social media channels for the past 18 months (as I went on the Haven before it was renovated) and been astounded by it’s expansion and it’s exciting future for the tourism industry. Go Orange from afar was looking at providing the best customer focused product rather than the status quo. I really wanted to be a part of the journey.
Q - If you could do anything in the world for work, what would it be??
Travel - anywhere and everywhere – eating, playing, experiencing people and cultures to bring back to those who were interested. I guess from a work approach, it would be a consultant on the world and to the world. Helping use other global experiences to develop other global environments and vice versa.
Q - What was life before Go Orange?
Directly before this I was a Senior Leader within Flight Centre UK, running the Paddington store and managing 3 others day to day. It was living and breathing the London lifestyle, the good, the great and the bad.
Q - If could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
Well I am 76 countries into this world, but my kryptonite currently is South America – I haven’t been anywhere at all yet! So I would start with Patagonia and work my way up!
Q - What has been one of your biggest life achievements?
Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro I think was probably one of my biggest accomplishments, especially as I didn’t expect it – I didn’t go to Africa to climb it, I decided last minute and completed this in rental boots and clothing, so I was pretty stoked to get to the top!
Q - Tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
Quite often you see me on TV on re-run’s of Live at the Apollo
Q - What is one thing you suggest for people to do while visiting New Zealand?
Apart from all the Go Orange Products? I would recommend they come visit me! I’ll cook them dinner! I have friends all over the world and I love taking people to explore my new home.