our team

Our Team have many years of experience in leading edge, luxury bespoke travel, tourism and events management. With offices in Australia and New Zealand we curate unique journeys through an innate understanding of our destinations and our guests. Please meet ‘The Team’ below.


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Rob Young

Founder and Managing Director

After holidaying in New Zealand Rob fell in love with the country and moved with his young family from the UK. Inspired by the countries incredible beauty he saw an opportunity to share his adopted country with the rest of the world. “Showcasing a country he fell in love with gives him immense pleasure, time and time again”. As the company has grown to include Australia, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific Rob has ensured the Exclusive Travel Group remains in the forefront of luxury bespoke travel in Australasia.

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Kate Merry

General Manager - Australia

Kate brings a wealth of communications experience in both Australia and abroad to the group. Widely travelled, Kate will be working alongside Gilles in developing the communications side of the Australian business. Kate has a strong eye for detail and a passion for lifestyle, travel and a love of Australia.

Ray Andrews

Expedition Leader - Papua New Guinea

Ray has always been fascinated by Papua New Guinea and his personal history with PNG extends back through generations of his family. He has spent much time travelling in this incredible land where he has climbed active volcanoes, hiked rugged trails, photographed ‘Birds of paradise’ sailed the islands and dived amongst the ship wrecks. Experienced, knowledgeable and amusing – you are in a very safe pair of hands being guided by Ray. 

Laure Leparquier

Assistant Travel Manager

After completing a diploma in Hospitality Management and Marketing Laure set out to travel Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Falling in love with the region Laure decided to stay and joined the Exclusive Travel Group as Assistant Travel manager. Fluent in French and English and with a passion for luxury bespoke travel Laure looks forward to assisting you.

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Stephen White

Director of Business Development

Trained in Hotel Management in Switzerland and after holding a number of senior positions around the world Stephen joined one of the UK’s largest airlines as Head of Product and Service.  Stephen then moved to the private Jet Company NetJets as Director of In-Flight Services. Stephen joined the Exclusive Travel Group as a partner in 2010.  Stephen is a very experienced traveller, has an eye for detail and is an expert in luxury brand partnerships.

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Richard Pateman

Finance Manager

Richard is a qualified AAT Finance and Administration Manager and has worked for many large UK organisations before moving to new Zealand in 2010 with his family. With a love of numbers, spreadsheets and travel Richard joined the Exclusive Travel Group as Finance Manager and is responsible for ensuring the financial side of your trip is efficiently taken care of.

Sebastien Delteil

Senior Travel Manager

Sebastien brings with him a wealth of experience within the luxury travel industry. Having worked at the Hotel Crillon and most recently at Kauri Cliffs Lodge as Assistant Lodge Manager, both Relais and Chateau properties.   Educated in England with a Bsc.Hons degree in Hospitality Management from Surrey University and fluent in French and German Sebastien looks forward to being of service to you.

Mike Jarosky

Lead Guide and Client Liaison

Originally from Chicago Mike has been addicted to Sydney and Australia since 1998.  Whenever the ETG ‘Bat’ phone rings it is an exciting phone call for him because he knows that he will be meeting an interesting person, couple or family on vacation. Mikes makes it this business to know everyone because that is his business, he thinks of Sydney as his girlfriend and he loves showing her off to our guests – Mike is our main guide in Australia and Our man in Sydney.

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Gilles Merry

Managing Director - Australia

Gilles has worked for many of the world’s leading hospitality, luxury and lifestyle brands.  Providing strategic and creative direction, marketing and experiential services. Gilles has a strong passion and diverse experience in the Travel and Tourism industry and has worked for such brands as Backroads, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, Sydney Bridgeclimb, Merivale and Sheraton Resorts and hotels.  In Canada, USA, Europe and Australia. Gilles is also the founder and owner of ‘Yakusan’ Sydney’s favourite Brand Experience Group.

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Trent Hickman
Senior Travel Manager

After successfully completing a double Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management, Trent gained a vast amount of experience and product knowledge working for a number of luxury travel companies. Joining the Exclusive Travel Group as a Senior Travel Manager. An expert in bespoke travel and a love of his country ensures that you are in expert hands.

Daniel Barbour

Assistant Travel Manager

Daniel joined the Exclusive Travel Group as Assistant Travel Manager after gaining experience in Europe with bespoke European Ski Escapes and Luxury Villa Concierge. Returning to New Zealand to join the Team at Treetops Lodge and Estate. Hugely knowledgeable about this region Daniel looks forward to helping you plan your holiday of a lifetime.

Trudy Ford

Administrative Assistant

Trudy has many years’ experience with in the travel industry. Primarily working for Air New Zealand, and two of the country's most established travel agencies. Trudy’s domestic and International travel knowledge ensures that she is well placed to help and support the Exclusive Travel Group Travel Team.  Trudy has met many amazing people and has travelled extensively around New Zealand, Australia, South Pacific, Canada and Europe. Trudy loves taking her family to their amazing beach as much as possible.