Our Expert Team

The travel industry is not the place to work if you want to get rich financially but in terms of lifetime experiences, it can make you very wealthy indeed.

Here at Artisan Travel, we are in the travel industry to travel. We want to see the world, not just the world of large scale tourism but what lies beneath the surface of a destination, we want to know its people and understand their heritage and culture.

Everybody here is passionate about travelling and as a result, we go to some wonderful out-of-the-way places and meet remarkable people. This is the philosophy we try to bring to all our holidays because we would very much like you to experience our experience too.

Ali McLean

Ali founded Artisan Travel so not surprisingly perhaps, he has been here from the very start. During a long career in the travel industry, he has travelled extensively and it was one of those light-bulb-above-the-head moments that suggested to him what would become the defining principle behind Artisan Travel.

Dawn Kitson

Dawn grew up in a very small village in Warwickshire and came to the travel industry in a bit of a roundabout way after studying a degree in History. After moving north to Newcastle, she started working for the company in June 2012 as a member of the sales team.

Amy Walkington-Gray

Amy originates from Yorkshire and being the youngest child of an active family had a great childhood climbing trees and making homemade assault courses for herself and the family labradors. She nearly could have been an Aussie as her travel-inspired parents almost got a £10 passage to Australia.

Jono Archer

Originally born and bred in Kent, Jono studied at Newcastle University and now lives in Northumberland. Jono started working here in early 2014, within the Product and Operations Department and is responsible for sourcing new holiday products and managing existing ones.

Amy Hope

Amy originally grew up in the Lake District in a whirlwind of kayaking, climbing, hiking and sailing with her family. She was very lucky to travel extensively as a child and discovered a love of snow at a very young age skiing in the Italian Alps. Amy is very proud that she could 'ski before she could walk'!

Graham Hughes

Graham was born in Glasgow but spent a large part of his childhood living in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific before his family returned home and settled in York. It is his memories of living in the rainforest, snorkelling above pristine coral reefs and playing on the beach with the local kids that have inspired his love of travel.

Katharina Rogalski

Katharina originally grew up in Germany and now lives in Newcastle. She started working for Artisan Travel in November 2014 within the product and operations department and is responsible for developing new and exciting holiday itineraries. Katharina has found her dream job within the travel industry and can't imagine doing a different job.

Andy Marshall

Andy developed a love for adventure at an early age and after many years working for a small golf holiday operator, he decided to pursue his true passion of seeking some bucket list experiences. He is delighted to now also have the opportunity to sample some destinations that would otherwise be off limits and help like-minded travellers experience the same.

Michael Bell

Michael is a member of our Products and Operations team. Born in North East England he enjoyed numerous childhood trips to the stunning Northumberland Coast, where he developed a love and passion for travel from an early age.

Alex Charlton

Alex developed her lust for adventure travel from an early age and this love for the outdoors led her to study Adventure Education at University and since then she has never looked back. After moving to Northumberland in 2009 for the beautiful beaches and rolling countryside, she joined the Artisan Travel sales team in March 2017.

Allan Cooper

Growing up in Kent and being able to look out across the English Channel every day, Allan developed a passion for travel from an early age. Ever since experiencing the wonders and delights of Indonesia on his gap year, Allan has never stopped wanting to explore all that the world has to offer, ticking as many bucket list items off his list as he can in the process.

James Hamilton

Whilst studying, James took the opportunity of the long summer holidays to travel as much possible. He has been lucky enough to tick some major bucket list items off his list including exploring the incredible city of San Francisco, eating exceptional food in Italy, cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge and spending time in the whirlwind of lights and energy that is Las Vegas.

Mark McFaul

Mark was born and raised in Somerset and developed a love of travel from a young age thanks to numerous family holidays across the globe, including Malta, America and Australia. However, Mark’s favourite holiday experience to date has to be travelling throughout Vietnam and exploring the countries fascinating history as well as its delicious food, with a cruise on the beautiful Halong Bay a particular highlight!

Anna Davison

After graduating from university in Manchester, Anna spent a lot of her time in the beautiful French Alps, where she has enjoyed many fond memories skiing over the years. After deciding to head down from the mountains, Anna found herself heading down to sea level to sail across the Atlantic working on board a superyacht.

Lauren Wiggett

Growing up in Northumberland, Lauren has been lucky enough to spend much of her life enjoying the beautiful beaches on the North Eastern coast of England with her family and friends. Lauren’s love of the beach is reflected in the fact that her favourite holidays have involved exploring various beaches and coastlines around the world. 

Barry Nolan

Barry has now retired but is still very much a part of the Artisan Travel family and is looking forward to spending his retirement exploring and relaxing in some fantastic destinations around the world!

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