Meet the Team

Stephen Gillingham

Stephen has travelled to most parts of the globe over the past 30 years. From Vietnam to Cuba and all parts in between. Stephens travels have reinforced for him the huge learning opportunities that present themselves in the many diverse lands, rich in culture, language and history.

Defining Moments was established out of Stephen’s aspiration to allow senior secondary students the chance to learn parts of the curriculum in a global setting.

Specialising in travel programmes for Social Sciences and Languages, Defining Moments is structured in such a way that it ensures teachers are well supported throughout the entire tour organisation process.

Having had 3 of his own children undertake one of the many Defining Moments tours he is even more of an advocate for parents allowing their children the opportunity to travel with their peers on what is a life changing journey.

Kristy Whitaker

There are not many parts of our planet that Kristy has not ventured upon, so she is ideally suited to work alongside history, geography, classics and tourism teachers to ensure that their journeys are everything they imagined and more.

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and Vietnam are a couple of her favourite destinations but having just returned from her second visit to Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rainforest it has reinforced for her that there are so many other favourites as well.

Kristy holds a Degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, and has a passion for adventure. Her ability to call on her personal travel experience ensures she creates the very best itineraries as they relate to the curriculum. Being a dedicated resource for Social Science groups is what teachers appreciate the most, and it gives them confidence and peace of mind to know that everything has been taken care of, right down to the last details.

Monique Walker

Monique has returned to House of Travel to join Defining Moments after 5 years living in Australia. She holds a Diploma in Travel and Tourism and she comes from a background in Corporate Travel having started her career with us here many years ago.  With her experience of her corporate background, she understands fully the time pressures placed on the teachers organising the tours.

Monique has done some extensive travelling further afield in parts of Europe, England, Scotland and Ireland, the Middle East, Asia, Indonesia, USA, Australia and the South Pacific. This combined with hands on experience of travelling with some of our school groups has enabled her to have a better understanding of the tour processes and operations.

England and Ireland and Hungary are some of her favourite countries that she has visited. She loves the rich and colourful histories and some highlights from her time there include visiting Stonehenge, climbing Blarney Castle and visiting the Parliment Building in Budapest.

Matthew Grice

Married to a high school teacher and coming from the airline industry, Matthew feels his role at Defining Moments is the perfect fit, where he is able to draw upon his expertise and tailor the experience to meet the unique needs of educational travel. He is able to help with the logistical challenges of travelling in a large group, while understanding the importance of providing not only a rewarding experience, but also the best learning outcomes possible.

Venturing beyond our own shores is a formative and transcendent experience. First hand exposure to the concept that there are different cultures, beliefs, ideas and understandings of the world is an amazing lesson to have the opportunity to learn. Giving tactile foundation to the learnings of the classroom through travel is a memorable experience from Matthew’s own high school career, and one that he is passionate about providing to as many people as possible.

His own travels have recently taken him to the Art Galleries and Broadway Theatres of New York City, as well as Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Trails of Japan’s Kumano region.

Alysha MacInnes

Starting her travels early, Alysha was one of the very first students to go on a Defining Moments tour to Vietnam. Almost two decades later, she still looks back on this educational tour as one of the highlights of her life.

Vietnam was just the beginning of Alysha’s travel experiences having since lived and travelled to various states in Australia, America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific islands.

She holds a Diploma of Hospitality Management & Higher Diploma of Hospitality Management.

With her love of travel and history, along with her personal experience as a student, Alysha is a great advocate for future students and teachers who are looking to embark on an educational tour.

Want to find out more?

Check out our range of school tours we have available, or contact us to plan your own bespoke adventure.