Southern Travel Holdings is a group of companies which provides specialist services in the travel and tourism sectors.

Management Team

The Southern Travel management team is highly experienced with a solid background in tourism.

Jacqui Walshe, Managing Director

Jacqui was appointed to the role of Managing Director in February 2013. She was CEO of the company from 2008, following 12 years as Managing Director of the Walshe Group.

Jacqui is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Group subsidiaries, for setting strategy and growing the business. The Experience travel acquisition was made in the first six months of her appointment to the role.

Jacqui gained a Degree in Business Studies at Massey University, and MBA at Auckland University and has worked for the Walshe Group for over 25 years, the last twelve as Managing Director. Jacqui is based in the Sydney office of the Group and reports to the Board in Auckland. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the CEO Institute.

Georgina Plimmer, Commercial Services Manager

Georgina joined the company in 2014 to oversee the commercial operations with responsibilities for Finance, Administration and Human Resources. Georgina is a Chartered Accountant and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Georgina joined the business following 9 years as Chief Financial Officer at Artis Group, a technology business.

Stephen Tanner, General Manager, Group Business Performance

Stephen has had an extensive airline career of 25+ years including senior positions with AA and AF/KL in airline sales in New Zealand, joining the Walshe Group in 2007.

Promoted in mid 2014 to the role of GM Group Business Performance, Steve had been responsible for successfully overseeing the representation of nine airlines in the Walshe Group portfolio in NZ.

Anil Rodricks, General Manager, Lufthansa Group Division

Anil joined the Walshe Group to head up the dedicated division for Swiss International Airlines in April 2002 when the airline's Australia organisation was converted to a general sales agency structure. His successful leadership of the business unit led to an appointment of the full Lufthansa Group of airlines in Australia from January 2014 - Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines.

Since the start of his career in 1979, originally in India, Anil has worked in every facet of the travel industry including retail, leisure and corporate travel with pioneering companies. Anil has played an active role in strategy and business development for the Walshe Group throughout his years in the company.

Michael Hall, General Manager, Experience Travel

Michael has been with the company for over 25 years, commencing with 20 years with the Walshe Group and relationships and experience of the outbound travel industry in New Zealand. Since his appointment into the inbound section of the company 5 years ago, he has been working on new markets, online strategy and integration of Experience New Zealand.

In July 2014 Michael was appointed as full time head of the Experience Travel business with a mandate to lead its growth and development in New Zealand and Australia while expanding into new international markets.