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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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Ellie Boulstridge - Director

Ellie is half French, half English and was born while her parents lived in the Middle East. She...

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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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Shalmali Rao Paterson - Indian Subcontinent Specialist

Shalmali was born and brought up in the Himalaya and jungles of India into a family of passionate...

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Kate Holmes - Southern Africa Specialist

Kate’s first real experience of African culture was when she was 19 during a post-school gap year. Her...

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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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Emily Gillman - Indonesia & Southeast Asia Specialist

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

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Augusta Falconer - Japan Specialist

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

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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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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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Louisa Buchanan - Office Coordinator & Team Support

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

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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