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Our People

James Jayasundera - Founder & Managing Director

James was brought up in Rome, the son of a Sri Lankan diplomat father and an English mother,...

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Moiz Taherbhoy - Finance Director

Moiz was born in Karachi and began his accounting career in Pakistan by achieving a Graduation in Commerce...

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Emily Gillman - General Manager

From a young age, Emily has always travelled, her parents seeing great value in experiencing new cultures, landscapes...

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Catriona Deredas - Director

When Catriona was a child her parents owned and managed quintessential British pubs across southern England, and she...

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Lola Pasquier - Senior Sri Lanka, India & Japan Specialist

Lola was born in Paris to a French father of Pied Noir heritage and a half-English half-German mother....

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Charmian Supra - Southern Africa & India Specialist

Born in Kitwe, on the copper belt in Zambia, Charmian’s early childhood years were spent in Windhoek, Namibia. She developed an...

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Simon Fransham - Southeast Asia & China Specialist

Simon has been fascinated with the world ever since he was a child. This was greatly facilitated by...

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Kerris Ursell - Southeast Asia & India Specialist

From a very early age Kerris has travelled extensively. Born into a family with wanderlust in their blood,...

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Chloe Goolden - PR & Marketing Manager

Chloe is a travel marketer and globe-trotting enthusiast, and with her natural gene pool of English, Irish and...

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Augusta Falconer - PR & Marketing Assistant

Augusta grew up in her family-owned Cotswold farmhouse with an appreciation for timeless and unspoiled nature. With an...

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Cleofe Edris - Accounts Assistant

Cleofe was born in Saudi Arabia to an Egyptian father and Filipino mother. At a young age, she...

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Sam Sefer - Office Coordinator

Sam works behind the scenes at Ampersand HQ, working on tasks that range from choosing client’s aircraft seats...

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Sacha Smith Laing - PR & Marketing

Sacha is a travel marketer and tropics lover. She grew up in Singapore – where she lived for 16 years...

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Ampersand by Numbers

  • 93
    Combined years working in the travel industry
  • 21
    Countries Ampersand specialise in
  • 252
    Days we spent in our destinations last year
  • 10,000 +
    Number of tailor-made itineraries James has personally designed in his lifetime
  • 24
    Countries the Ampersand team have lived in
  • 16
    Years Ampersand has been in Business
  • 2,500
    Hotels Ampersand has personally inspected
  • 132
    Countries we have visited
  • 30
    Royal family members who travel with Ampersand
  • 106
    Days we spent in India in the last year
  • 7
    Highly experienced destination specialists
  • 12
    Languages spoken

We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India

From our Instagram

#Milaidhoo is magic at all hours - be it in broad daylight, at sunset or under a starry sky - as our General Manager @emilyjanegillman witnessed last week!🏝
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The ultimate beach destination, the #Maldives can easily top or tail a tailor-made Ampersand tour & makes for a perfect honeymoon 🇲🇻
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
We’re dreaming of #Bali’s reflective sunsets today 🌅
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Enjoy particularly striking views from @thelegianbali in #Seminyak
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Happy #Holi to all of you! 🇮🇳✨
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‘Traditionally to welcome the coming of spring, this joyful festival is filled with colour, music, dancing and great energy’ @the_ampersander
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
From mid May to mid October, The Ultimate Travelling Camp’s wonderful #ChambaCamp in #Thiksey (#Ladakh) will be open! 🏞
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Our specialists stayed at this one-of-a-kind luxury tented camp last year and adored it - we guarantee that you will too 🏕
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Staying at the beautiful @GalOyaLodge means you will experience one of Sri Lanka’s lesser-known National Parks at its very best 🌿
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Take a boat safari here to see swimming elephants and a striking sunset 🐘🌅
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
The mysterious allure of #Namibia never fails to draw us in 🇳🇦
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Misty layers, endless plains and silhouetted trees stretch as far as the eye can see
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
In #Japan, the lesser-known plum tree (‘ume’ #梅) blossoms in February - March 🌺
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Visit at this time to admire these special flowers and beat the crowds that swarm the country during cherry blossom peak season 🌸
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
The exhilarating city of #Tokyo has a world-renowned culinary scene & rightfully so! 🇯🇵
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Be tempted to join ‘salarymen’ for an evening drink and #yakitori in restaurants and bar likes this 🏮🏮
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Sunsets at the @gallefacehotel are the best welcome to #Colombo, especially when watching their flag ceremony from the iconic checkerboard terrace with a G&T in hand 🌅
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We also love the wonderful @maniumpathy_boutique_hotel, which is truly an oasis of tranquility within this city 🌿
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience

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