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Kurt Sari

director

Kurt has outstanding management experience in the airline and corporate travel industry sectors, primarily at Ansett Australia and American Express Corporate Travel. Kurt was instrumental in driving client and sales growth and increasing profitability at both organisations.

Kurt provides strategic direction to VTM and is the driving force that supports long term partnerships with corporate and leisure clients and inspires the team with his passion and commitment which has created a harmonious, innovative and loyal team. Kurt is also an airline, airplane, airport junkie!
 
Kathryn Sari

director

Kathryn has an Accountancy degree from the University of SA and became a Chartered Accountant more than 25 years ago.  Kathryn worked in several accounting firms before progressing through various Finance Management roles to General Manager for Loyalty Programs at Ansett Australia.

Kathryn provides strategic direction to the business that supports the development of products and services to deliver exceptional value to our clients and maintains, manages and mentors our highly engaged team.

Kathryn’s dedication ensures all our valued client's expectations are met with great satisfaction. Kathryn specialises in the review of your business to determine the best travel solution to match your needs and achieve your objectives. Kathryn’s focus for your business is to create and build the relationship and seek opportunities to build your business and ours. Kathryn promises our clients proactive and consistent account management, and prides herself on being accountable, available and committed.

Our sales team has significant experience in corporate travel management, groups, meeting and conference management and leisure travel and all represent our core values and beliefs. Through first-hand travel experience, professional training and leading-edge technology, our consultants offer a very sophisticated service. While we provide a dedicated team to manage each account we use the resource and knowledge of our entire team to provide the best travel advice across the world. Our service culture is to ensure that all clients receive the best and most creative outcomes to support each traveller's needs and their ultimate performance.
 
Michelle Newton

Operations Manager

Michelle has worked in the travel industry for more than 20 years and has a passion for exceptional service and standards.  Michelle leads the VTM consulting teams, lending support to all areas of the business as it grows.  Michelle is dedicated to training and mentoring the teams to continue raising the bar with customer service levels, as well as strengthening important relationships with clients, supplier and industry players.  Michelle is also hands-on when it comes to consulting for our clients and adds a wealth of knowledge and experience to VTM.
 
Lisa Dawson

Account Manager & Senior Corporate Consultant

Lisa has worked in the travel industry for more than 25 years, with extensive corporate consulting experience across many accounts from many industries.  Lisa is highly skilled with airline fares and procedures and policies.

Lisa works with an ever-vigilant eye on our clients' businesses, to assess travel management needs and recommend appropriate solutions to both save money and time, and to enhance the traveller experience, while providing a highly dedicated and personalised service to her clients.  Lisa is our online booking tool implementation manager - Serko, Zeno and Concur.
 
Jason Fowler

Senior Corporate Consultant

Jason is a fully qualified Corporate Travel Consultant. Jason began his travel consulting career back in the days when flight bookings were made over the phone with the airline. Jason has specialised in corporate travel for nearly 20 years working with many Fortune 500 companies and has won numerous State and National Consultant of the Year Awards.

Jason continues to provide expert travel advice and exceptional customer service to many of our high profile customers, dealing with a variety of staff across each organization from the individual traveller to the EA and CEO.

During his time he has been lucky enough to travel extensively for both personal and also business purposes, listing The Maldives, Paris & Singapore as some of his favourite places to visit.
 
Michelle Sommers

Senior Leisure Consultant

Michelle has been assisting some of her clients for more than 25 years to create memorable holidays and still loves the challenge of arranging her clients’ next adventure.

Michelle has been a leisure consultant for all of her working life and has clocked over 35 years in the industry. Michelle has been on industry familiarisations all over the world and has won many awards including the Consultant of the Year in 2011 and the Qantas Holidays Achievers Award each year for the past 5 years.
Of course, Michelle has travelled extensively for both work and for leisure. Michelle’s favourites destinations are Paris for its beautiful tree-lined streets with outdoor cafes’ to watch people going about their business and New York for the sheer madness of the place. So much to see & do with so little time!

 
Jilda Jack

Groups And Leisure Consultant

Jilda manages our Groups, Meetings and Conferences for our VTM clients both domestically and overseas.  Jilda also works across our leisure clients creating amazing bespoke holidays.  Jilda has also won many awards including the Stella Retail Consultant of the Year in 2009 before making the move to Groups, bringing across 15 years in the industry.

Jilda has travelled many places across the globe for work and leisure, and loves the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean for a little relaxation and shopping.  Jilda is another airline junkie!
 
Amanda Parker

Corporate Consultan

Amanda started her travel consulting career at VTM after completing her training and Amanda has rapidly developed her consulting skills in the VTM corporate travel team.  Amanda has travelled on many industry familiarisations and many holiday destinations.
 
Rita Garrad

Senior Consultant

Rita is a fully qualified and very experienced Corporate/Leisure Travel Consultant.

Rita has been in the industry for more than 20 years, owning and managing her own travel agency for more than 11 years.  Rita has successfully managed many corporate and leisure clients and has a very long term and loyal customer base.  Customer service is Rita's number one priority.