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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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Jessica Andrews - Indian Subcontinent Specialist

Before Jessica came to work at Ampersand in London, she was living in Colombo working in Ampersand’s Sri...

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Lola Pasquier - 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 Specialist & Product Manager

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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Hattie Coleman - India & Southern Africa Specialist

Hattie grew up in rural Kent but was inspired to travel at a young age from friends at...

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Kerris Ursell - Southeast Asia 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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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

  • 71
    Combined years working in the travel industry
  • 18
    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
  • 12
    Years Ampersand has been in Business
  • 2,500
    Hotels Ampersand has personally inspected
  • 132
    Countries we have visited
  • 10
    Royal family members who travel with Ampersand
  • 106
    Days we spent in India in the last year
  • 9
    Highly experienced destination specialists
  • 12
    Languages spoken

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
We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
- Susan Ford, 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
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
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
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
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
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

From our Instagram

Set sail in the serene, crystal-clear waters of the #KomodoIslands to discover one of the world’s richest marine environments 🌊
If you’re after a romantic escape, look no further than #Alexa luxury yacht 🇮🇩
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
@jamesjayasundera is currently in the Himalayan Kingdom of #Bhutan surrounded by striking views like this 🏔🏔🏔
Follow his journey to catch exclusive glimpses into the brand new, thoughtfully-designed @sixsensesbhutan & more... 🇧🇹
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
🇱🇰Explore #SriLanka’s coast to witness spectacular sunsets like these ✨
Treat yourself to a stay in #Amangalla - the stately grand dame of #GalleFort while in Sri Lanka 🇱🇰
Not only will you step into a bygone era here, but you’ll also have all the surrounding sights right on your doorstep 🏰
Travel to #Burma (#Myanmar) with us to be welcomed by  friendly locals like the ‘longneck’ Kayan (also known as Padaung) 🇲🇲
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Step into #SamodePalace to walk colourful mirror-tiled halls & pass beautiful mural-lined walls 🇮🇳
This heritage property located in the romantic Aravalli Hills is also home to a marble swimming pool - the perfect place to take a cooling dip in the Rajasthani sun ☀️
☀️ Hazy sunlight bathing the #TempleOfTheTooth in #Kandy 🇱🇰
Beautifully captured by @pradeep_gamage 📸
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Has #ChineseNewYear inspired you to visit this fascinating country? It certainly has for us! 🇨🇳
Explore #China on a tailor-made tour with us to delve into its rich culture, taste its world-renowned cuisine & stay at the exquisite #AmanSummerPalace
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
#Japan bursts with life especially when the neon-lights get switched on 🌃
Spot #Geisha in #Kyoto at dusk & explore the nightlife in #Tokyo to experience its buzz 🇯🇵

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