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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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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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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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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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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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Kate Manners - India & Africa Specialist

Family holidays for Kate mainly consisted of windswept weeks in North Cornwall, so international travel came as a...

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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

  • 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

Client Testimonials

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
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, 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
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
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
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
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India

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