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The Voyager School Travel Team

Voyager School Travel - our team

With a wealth of knowledge about all of our destinations and an in-depth understanding of how to plan and deliver outstanding educational experiences, our team know what party leaders are looking for and will do everything they can to make your school tour the best ever. You really can trust Voyager to make your school trip great fun, safe and stimulating, as well as excellent value for money!

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"If there is one thing I try to instil in every member of the team and everything we do, it is, are you proud of what you've done, whether putting together a quote for a new trip or finalising an itinerary."

Nigel English, Managing Director

Nigel English, Chief Executive Officer

Nigel English (Chief Executive Officer)

With over a decade in school travel, Nigel's ethos is simple - deliver tours of the highest quality, guarantee value for money and remember the experience of the group is everything. To make that happen, he has hand picked a team of dedicated, mature, experienced and professional people, who share his values and are committed to making your school tour a success.

What the Party Leaders have said:
Absolutely Amazing!... Nigel always answered the phone, even at 1:30 in the morning. You guys got us back to the UK and were brilliant in doing so.
Nigel Stout, Chairman

Nigel Stout (Chairman)

Nigel Stout has been our Chairman since April 2018. He has spent 35 years in education first as a university lecturer, then a school teacher and, most recently, as a Chair of Governors of various independent schools. He was Chief Executive of the MPW Group of sixth-form colleges between 1996 and 2015.  He says “What attracted me to Voyager was the outstanding quality of its programmes and the consistent testimonials from teachers about its willingness to go the extra mile in service provision. Voyager completely understands schools’ requirements in pivotal areas such as risk assessment, safeguarding and the hard educational outcomes that pupils can expect to achieve from their trips."

Tricia Bryant, Operations Director

Tricia Bryant (Operations Director)

With over sixteen years in school travel, including positions at a very senior level, Tricia has a wealth of experience to compliment her customer focus and infectious personality. Tricia spent a year in Germany as part of her degree and speaks fluent German.

What the Party Leaders have said:
We are back, safe, well and delighted with our trip to Krakow/Auschwitz; absolutely everything went well - better than well. As I mentioned recently, your prompt replies and endless help have been invaluable in helping me organise this trip. Thank you so much!
Nick Goddard, General Manager of Normandy Programmes

Nick Goddard (General Manager of Normandy Programmes)

Nick has over 25 years experience in the school travel industry and was previously the MD of Kingswood School Travel, Camp Beaumont, TOPS Adventure and Snow World. In 1997 he set up Château de la Baudonnière and La Grand Ferme in Normandy. Nick is dedicated to making each place a centre of excellence, regularly spending time in Normandy refining the programme and service that Voyager provide. Nick is constantly involved in company development and always looking for new ways to take the group forward.

What the Party Leaders have said:
Another great trip. The children’s confidence in French has improved immensely. The food and activities were brilliant.
Louise Richardson, Voyager General Manager

Louise Richardson (Voyager General Manager)

With twenty plus years' experience in the travel industry, some of which at senior level, Louise decided to join Voyager. Her knowledge and expertise is only matched by her motivation and commitment to your student's experience.

What the Party Leaders have said:
You have been fabulously helpful, brilliant and I know you have put so much effort into our trip.
Julie Guinaud, Tours Manager

Julie Guinaud (Tours Manager)

Originally from Bordeaux, Julie has been living in the UK for the past 10 years. She is passionate about travel, languages and art. Back in France she used to be a museum guide to visiting school children. Her organisational skills and eye for detail will help you put together a fantastic tour for you and your students.

What the Party Leaders have said:
“Very efficient. Julie dealt with so many changes from us and she always remained professional, calm and collected! Thank you for all of your help! Julie was marvelous!” Invicta School
Sophie Brandon, Tours Manager

Sophie Brandon (Tours Manager)

Sophie has worked in the travel industry for over a decade. She spent ten years living in France before settling in Brighton. Sophie's 'can do' approach and fluency in French compliment her exceptional organisational skills and excellent product knowledge. She liaises daily with our team of animateurs in Paris to create exciting and memorable school tours for your students. Got a question about Paris or France in general? Just ask Sophie...

What the Party Leaders have said:
I have been organising our Disney trip for the last 4 years and can I say the help and support I get from all your staff is outstanding. In particular I wish to bring to your attention Sophie Brandon, she is always polite, courteous and nothing is too much trouble.
Claudia Grillo, Tour Coordinator

Claudia Grillo (Tour Coordinator)

Claudia has over twenty years' experience in the educational tours industry and is fluent in French, German and Italian. She has been a party leader herself so she really understands what makes a successful school tour. Claudia has worked and travelled all over the world - including France, Germany, China and Canada. She is one of Voyager's most experienced tour coordinators so you know you're in capable hands.

What the Party Leaders have said:
Programme ran very smoothly. The party leader likes Claudia organising the school trip as he knows that it will all be done and he can relax a bit and not worry. She always gets back to him promptly.
Pamela Sisson, Tour Coordinator

Pamela Sisson (Tour Coordinator)

Pamela has lived in Africa and Europe and speaks German and Afrikaans. She loves to travel and has loads of experience in the industry. Pamela has worked on tented safaris in the Namibian desert, organised self-drive tours, dolphin cruises and trips on hot-air balloons. She's also worked for the EU Embassy organizing itineraries for diplomats and government officials. Unflappable and highly experienced, she can organise a top school trip for you.

What the Party Leaders have said:
We would just like to thank you once again for all your efforts. Your kind offer to transfer us to the Rotterdam-Hull ferry because of the inclement weather demonstrated that Voyager School Travel is genuinely concerned for the safety and well-being of the group.
James McGeown, Worldwide Manager

James McGeown (Worldwide Manager)

James has travelled the world and visited most of the world’s major cities – from San Francisco to Sydney and hundreds of places in between. James combines this well-travelled CV with extensive experience in school travel, specialising in Worldwide programmes and even had a spell as resort manager in New York City. Rest assured, you are in safe hands with James! He really understands the pressures faced by party leaders and the additional logistical issues faced by groups travelling worldwide. Reliable and passionate about your student’s experience, James’ quest for quality shines through in every itinerary he puts together.

James is on a mission to open your student’s eyes to the exciting world that we live in! He can visit your school and tell you more about the fantastic educational tours that Voyager Worldwide can deliver. We have an extensive range of tours by subject and destination and James is ready to make it happen for you...

Joanne Layzell, MFL Specialist

Joanne Layzell (Modern Foreign Language Specialist)

Joanne lived and worked overseas for thirteen years. She also has over six years' experience in the school travel industry in a variety of roles so she really understands the needs of party leaders. Joanne is our Modern Foreign Language Specialist and plans language immersion programmes with a focus on French, Spanish or German. With her expertise you can be sure of a school tour that meets all your educational objectives.

What the Party Leaders have said:
I just wanted to say thank you for organising such an amazing tour for our students. Everything worked like clockwork.
Nicola Middlemiss

Nicola Middlemiss (formerly Brill) (Tours Advisor)

Originally from Brighton, Nicky works remotely from home and is based in South Yorkshire. She is the Northern Division of Voyager School Travel! Nicky has been in the school travel industry for over 15 years. She's worked as a tours advisor, tour coordinator and commercial manager so she really knows this business well. Nicky has also worked as cabin crew so she is hands-on and knows what people want when they travel. With Nicky’s experience, attention to detail and efficiency, you know you are in good hands and will be well looked after.

What the Party Leaders have said:
Nicky made the planning of the trip really easy because she quickly responded to all of my numerous queries. She was extremely friendly and was never too busy to help out. Every little detail of the trip itself was very well organised and everything went according to plan.
Sophie Berry, Key Account Manager

Sophie Berry (Key Account Manager )

Sophie’s career has focused on customer service and across 14 years she’s become very good at it! Having spent many a ski season in Europe and visited South East Asia and North America her passion for working in the travel industry remains undiminished.

What the Party Leaders have said:
I have used Voyager School Travel from three different schools in three different countries, each time they have been professional, helpful and willing to listen to my concerns and ideas. Most recently Sophie Wallace has helped me put together a Politics and Economics trip to the US and although it is a trip I have done before, there have been particular logistical complications that she has helped with... Mr Frank Hardee, Marlborough College
Elise Tatman, Tours Advisor

Elise Tatman (Tours Advisor)

With 10 years worth of experience working in customer service roles, and the last 5 years in the travel industry, delivering an extremely high quality of service and attending to every small detail is Elises's forte. Elise is passionate about travelling, she loves her skiing and cultural city break holidays, and always has an endless list of places she'd love to visit - her enthusiasm is sure to wear off on you! With Elises's friendly professional approach paired with a conscientious and positive attitude, you can feel rest assured that you're in good hands!


Fiona Cullen

Fiona has worked in School Travel for 10 years – 9 of which are with Voyager.  Visiting France, Italy, Spain, Austria and Russia on various school trips made her aware from a young age of the importance of exploring new countries and experiencing different cultures to bring the educational focus to life. This inspired Fiona to continue her travels slightly further to New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia and across America. 


Carole Green

Carole Green (Operations Coordinator)

Carole has worked in the school travel industry for nearly twenty years, with 3D Education & Adventure, Equity and now Voyager. Carole delivers great customer service and has a solution for every tricky situation!

What the Party Leaders have said:
Thank you for your incredible efficiency in dealing with our booking and any questions that arose. You have been great to work with, both before and during the trip and I was very impressed at how the central office in the UK communicated with the château.
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Maria De Pascale (Tour Coordinator)

Maria is originally from Italy and she previously lived in Belgium and Portugal before moving to England. She is fluent in Italian and French and she loves travelling and organising holidays. Previously Maria worked as a Group Leader in England and so has excellent ground knowledge of what groups need on tour! This makes for a dedicated and understanding coordinator. Maria is an enthusiastic person, always ready to discover new cultures and new countries and Voyager are very lucky to be able to welcome her to our team.

Sin Hue Tan, Tour Coordinator

Sin Hue Tan (Tour Coordinator)

Sin Hue is a Chinese-Italian speaker with a great passion for the travel industry. Having always worked in the tourism sector, she's now fluent in 3 very different languages: Italian, English and Chinese. Sin Hue has previously worked as a Tour Coordinator and Tour Leader in Florence and can’t wait to make you discover and fall in love with the wonderful, artistic and historical country of Italy. Sin Hue is also a very active person that enjoys outdoor activities such as Rock Climbing.


Andrea Rodrigues-Goncalves (Tour Coordinator)

Originally from Venezuela, I moved to England in 2013 and have settled into life in busy Brighton town. Whilst I was living in Venezuela, I had the opportunity to go around and visit almost every city. From there I started to visit other countries and I found that I love travelling and getting to know new cultures and places. Naturally, I am an organised person, and the role of Coordinator allows me to combine this with my passion for travel. I am an enthusiastic person and always willing to help, so I look forward to liaising with you on your tour requirements and putting together a great itinerary!

Kate Airs

Kate Airs

Kate's career in the travel industry spans over four decades and has worked for a cruise company, an airport operator, airline handling agent and many notable tour operators including Virgin Holidays  and Inghams.  With an eye for detail and an interest in planning and logistics  her biggest professional challenge so far was reorganizing the travel plans of over 1000 cruise passengers stranded by the ash cloud in 2010.

Nick Tranter

Nick Tranter (Adventure Manager)

Nick's passion for all things adventure means our adventure tours are constantly evolving. His passion is compounded by an extensive list of NGB qualifications and over twelve years’ experience with the RYA, UKSA, Calshot Activity's Centre and the British Forces Army Training Support Unit. Now in his fifth year with us, Nick has been instrumental in developing our adventure product; launching two new centres in the last three years. He also likes catching his dinner

What the Party Leaders have said:
We are still recovering from our trip to Argeles. In a word it was superb. Please pass on our thanks to Nick and the rest of the gang down in Argeles for giving us such a great time.
Darren Benson, Normandy Operations

Darren Benson (Normandy Operations)

Darren has been manager at Château de la Baudonnière since 1998, during which times he has seen and been an integral part of developing this fantastic learning experience at the chateau, where we prove to students that learning a new language is fun and exciting.

What the Party Leaders have said:
Darren has been manager at Château de la Baudonnière since 1998, during which times he has seen and been an integral part of developing this fantastic learning experience at the chateau, where we prove to students that learning a new language is fun and exciting. Shirley Westwood, Dulwich Prep School
Faissal Setoul

Faissal Setoul (Paris Centre Animateur)

With 8 years' experience, first at our château in Normandy and now at our centre in Paris, Faissal is quite simply a fabulous animateur who party leaders rarely give less than a straight 10 out of 10.

What the Party Leaders have said:
I just wanted to say thank you for organising such an amazing tour for our students. In particular, Faissal was fantastic both with the lads and helping us organise the activities. We are definately going to book another tour to Paris with Voyager.
Julien Toury

Julien Toury (Paris Centre Manager)

Juju has worked for the company in both Normandy, as a French animateur, and in Paris managing the Voyager centre. He has led and developed the Paris Parle programme for the last five years and is an invaluable asset to the business.

What the Party Leaders have said:
Juju was brilliant with the children, wanting to know them, interested in them, keen to make them speak French. Quite frankly, he became part of our team very naturally and was invaluable.
Alex Lalljee, General Manager of Adventure Programmes

Alex Lalljee (General Manager of Adventure Programmes)

Alex has worked in the school adventure sector for over 15 years. He's worked with 3D Education and Adventure, NST, STS and Kingswood, so he has loads of experience developing exciting, safe and adventurous activity programmes for schools.

What the Party Leaders have said:
Absolutely brilliant trip. It is the kids’ opinion that counts and they said they had an awesome time.
Béné Lechatellier

Béné Lechatellier (Normandy Programme Manager)

Béné has worked in various managerial roles for Voyager in Normandy for the last twelve years. She's an indispensable member of the French team, ensuring every customer gets exactly what they asked for.

What the Party Leaders have said:
I consider educational trips to be an invaluable part of the language learning and teaching process. Entrusting the planning and organisation to an experienced professional like Béné/Voyager, makes the task of undertaking a trip so much less daunting! Knowing that an expert is on hand, from the initial concept and throughout the trip, means that I can enjoy the experience too! Suzan Cleere, Ardingly College Prep School
Lisa English - Product Manager

Lisa English (Family Adventure Holidays Manager)

After spending over 25 years in Healthcare, Lisa joined the Family Adventure Team in 2016 to help out and is still here. With 2 boys of her own, she has a vested interest in making sure our Family Adventure Holidays meet expectations and is continually looking at ways to improve our existing holidays and develop new ones. She is very aware that many of our families have tried all our holidays and are just waiting for their next adventure together. We get many fantastic comments from our families, this is one of Lisa’s favourites. "The kids – I forget I have kids – are safe and smiling as they take off for archery. They run to us at the end of a session to babble their happiness; then run away from us without a ‘Goodbye’ to the next event, arms round a new friend and squealing nonsense."

Lucy Hanson

Lucy Hanson (Operations Coordinator)

Lucy enjoyed great family holidays and fab school trips abroad from a young age which sparked a real love of travel and adventure. She's always worked in the travel industry and has been organising holidays for over 15 years. For the past eight years she's worked closely with teachers and party leaders planning school trips and adventure holidays.

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