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.

Barry Nolan

Barry was raised and educated in Bournemouth and made his way north in 1983 via three years at Liverpool University, where he graduated with a degree in History. Following an initial career in customer service and sales management he has been with the company since day one and has helped pioneer and develop many destinations and now brings this experience to the whole sales team.

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.

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'!

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.

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.

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.

  • Inspiring 

    All-encompassing itineraries

    Bucket list experiences in extraordinary destinations

    Highlights on and off the beaten track

    Authentic travel experiences with a discrete saftey net

  • Expert Knowledge

    Your shortcut to the very best holiday

    Advice and guidance every step of the way

    Expertly designed itineraries

    The very best guides with exceptional local knowledge

  • Independent

    Personal, hands-on service

    Proudly independent; family-owned and run

    Fair and sustainable work ethos

    Long-established local partnerships

  • Trusted 

    Over 16 years’ experience

    100% ATOL, ABTA and AITO financial protection

    Our 'peace of mind promise'

    Responsible relationships