Our Team

Kirsty Eccles | Director & Cruise Master 

Kirsty has been working in the travel industry since 1998 and has a broad knowledge of various destinations. She is proud to be a certified Cruise Master.

She describes her most memorable travel experience to date as being fortunate enough to have attended the unveiling of Virgin Galactic’s Whitenight II & Spaceship II design’s in NYC.  She was lucky enough to meet Sir Richard Branson, explore her favourite city of New York and mingle with many high profile personalities. During the launch Kirsty had the chance to ride in a Centrifuge, which is a simulated spaceship. The experience was exhilarating and one she will never forget.

Other travel highlights for Kirsty include experiencing New Year’s Eve in Times Square, elephant trekking in India and soaking up the sun in Jamaica!

Kirsty’s first love is her family, husband Paul, daughter Olivia and son, Riley. Her family would be on the top of her list when choosing her dream destination and she hopes to one day travel with them to the Greek Islands and enjoy the beauty in this part of the world.

Jodie Quick | Director & Group Specialist

Jodie has been in the travel industry since she puchased Meridian Travel with her sister Kirsty in 2005. Jodie has a passion for escorted group tours.

Jodie and her family enjoy travelling to Bali annually. While travelling they like to test out shopping hot-spots and eateries. Not surprisingly Jodie’s favourite things to do outside of the office include shopping, family time and enjoying a latte with friends.

Jodie’s dream destination is South America, and truly experience its untouched natural beauty. It is a trip she plans to take with her husband when her children are old enough to be left at home on their own!

Angela Rowsthorn | Business Development Manager

Angela’s travel industry career began in 1996 as a corporate consultant with American Express. Originally from England, she moved to Australia at the end of 2004, settling in her favourite city, Melbourne. She began working for Voyager Travel, where various leadership roles led her to manage the Telstra account. Angela brings to Meridian Travel, a unique combination of operational and account management experience.

As your personal account manager, Angela specialises in developing strategic plans to manage your travel needs, leading to increased travel savings. She will implement policies that will help streamline your travel processes and will work closely with supplier relations to deliver the most competitive airfares, hotel and car rates. Angela’s goal is to provide cost improvement solutions, build strong relationships and deliver a focused and dedicated account management service.

Get in touch with Angela directly at angela@meridiantravel.com.au

Kelli Fisher | Senior Travel Consultant 

With 20 years experience in travel, Kelli has has been to many places and seen many sights; from overland travel through Africa including Gorilla trekking and white water rafting down the Zambezi, to Cruising on the QE2.

Kelli’s travels have taken her to the UK, Europe, Africa, USA, Canada, Asia, Fiji, and Tahiti. A family trip to Italy and France is high on Kelli’s travel list. Her travel experiences are invaluable when planning holidays with clients.

Kelli looks forward to helping you with your next escape.

Simone Borstelj | Senior Travel Consultant 

Simone has been in the travel industry for fifteen years and is a worldwide traveller. She is experienced with USA, Canada, Africa, Europe, Australia, Pacific Islands and Asia (including China and India) with her favourite destinations being France, Italy, Thailand and Kenya.

Her dream is to visit the ancient city of Machu Picchu and to dance a Tango in Argentina!

Simone would love to help you plan your journey.

Jade Mannix | Senior Travel Consultant 

Jade has a variety of travel experience since her career began in the industry in 2001. Having worked as a tour director for APT throughout WA and Tasmania, experience in the youth market and having specialist experience with developing Asian and small group itineraries.  Jade was also part of the Meridian team for three years prior to her having her two beautiful daughters.

Some of her most memorable trips include five weeks in Africa, touring the Canadian Rockies, river cruising through France and extensive travel through Asia including Japan.

Jade brings a passion for turning your travel wish list into a trip of a lifetime.

Belinda Rice | Senior Travel Consultant 

Belinda has been working in the travel industry for over 15 years.  She loves to get off the beaten track and explore unique destinations.  Belinda spent 3 weeks on an Expedition to Antarctica, has travelled to the Galapagos Islands, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, North America, South Africa, Botswana Zimbabwe, Nepal, Tibet, Europe, South East Asia and the list goes on.  The next destination she would love to tick off her bucket list is Kenya and Tanzania.

Sally Reilly | Senior Travel Consultant 

Sally has over fifteen years of extensive travel experience with a mix of corporate and retail knowledge. Customer service-oriented, Sally possesses expertise in planning and travel coordination.

With a lifelong love of travel, Sally has travelled extensively throughout Europe, South America and the USA.

Maria Papanikos | Corporate Consultant

Maria started her travel career over twenty years ago as a retail consultant. In 2007, Maria moved from Sydney to Melbourne and was given an opportunity to join a small Corporate Travel Management Company.

Having managed corporate accounts for the past ten years, Maria understands the needs of the modern day business traveller.

With her proactive approach and outstanding attention to detail, Maria is the perfect fit to our corporate team.

Sharon DSouza | Corporate Consultant

Sharon joins Meridian Travel as our part time corporate consultant.  She has worked in the travel industry for almost fifteen years and has an extensive background in fares and ticketing.

She enjoys working on complex itineraries, and has a vast knowledge of worldwide destinations.

Sharon enjoys travelling, especially to visit family in India and is studying for her Masters in Teaching.

Claire Pascoe | Manager – Administration & Marketing

Claire is our administrative and marketing support personnel and helps to keep the team running smoothly! Committed to the highest levels of professional excellence with more than twenty years of experience in senior level executive support, management and training.

Having travelled to the USA, Caribbean, China and South East Asia not to mention our amazing country, her goal is to travel with her family to Europe to experience the diverse cultures on offer.