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Golden Compass Group Travel Coordinator Sue Monnier
Kerry Kyriacou
General Manager, Australia

With the rapid expansion of Golden Compass Tours, Kerry was appointed General Manager, Australia in July 2014. 

Kerry brings a diverse range of expertise and experience having held senior management roles in the travel and tourism sector for the past 18 years.

Raised in Wollongong, Kerry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Accountancy and Legal Studies from the University of Wollongong. He also holds CPA status with the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants. 

Kerry has travelled extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. 

His wife Vi also has a background in the tourism industry. They live in Wollongong and have a young son, Daniel.

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Alison Dale
Alison Dale
General Manager, New Zealand

Alison has worked in the New Zealand travel industry for over 25 years, gaining extensive experience with positions in the retail, tour wholesale and airline sectors. Another 11 years were spent in the UK travel industry, including time with a large travel membership organisation handling bespoke itineraries for the discerning traveller.

After completing her Business Management degree, Alison was keen to join a company with values similar to her own, and Golden Compass Tours offered her this opportunity. Alison really enjoys assisting the mature, active traveller in getting the most from their journeys with a particular emphasis on the educational, social, inspirational and fun aspect of travel with like-minded participants. She is also looking forward to planning new tours under the Travelworks name and carrying on the friendly, competent service that Jenny & Ralph have offered in the past.

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Golden Compass CEO Mark Goodwin
Mark Goodwin
Chief Executive Officer (Retired)

Mark Goodwin has been in the travel profession for over 30 years, first as a tour guide, then rose to Director of operations with SAGA Holidays, the UK's leading tour operator for the senior market, as Commercial Director with Rank Education, one of Britain's leading educational operators, as Director of Operations with the Travel Organisation, the UK's leading conference and incentive Operator and the last 16 years as President and CEO of Golden Compass. Over 20 years of his career have been involved with the educational Group Travel Market.

Mark is double Hons graduate from Kings College London in Modern Languages – French and German, an Associate of Kings College (Divinity) and a Fellow of the Institute of Travel & Tourism as well as a past Member of the Institute of Directors.

He has taught in France as well as spending significant periods of time in Germany, Italy and Austria as well as traveling extensively through almost all of Europe and North Africa. Mark first led the Balkan Discovery tour in 2015. 

Mark Goodwin BA (Hons)(Lon), A.K.C, F.Inst.T.T.

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Australia & New Zealand Contact details:
Australia Freephone; 1800 132 385
New Zealand Freephone; 0800 132 385
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Mail; PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia

 

Golden Compass for Groups
Golden Compass Fine Arts Group Tour

If you organise travel for a group a minimum of 8 to 10 travellers, whether this be a U3A, Probus, Fine Art Society, Gardening, Food or Wine appreciation, opera lovers, scientific, professional, pilgrim or student group or any affinity or special interest group or, indeed, just a group of friends or colleagues, you are, of course, welcome to book on any of our existing programs. However, we also offer a specialised tailor made service for groups and are more than happy to customise an existing tour or to suggest a completely new program for your group to match your specific needs and requirements.

Golden Compass History Group in Milan

Whether your group is looking to explore the ancient sites of Persia, the Caucasus or the 'Stans', or to experience the mystique of Russia and the Baltics, we can create the tour to suit your group's needs and requirements. We have excellent contacts in the UK and France but also arrange many outstanding tours to Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, the Benelux Countries, Scandinavia, Iceland, Russia and Eastern Europe.

Golden Compass Music Group in Cremona

Whether you group's interest is walking, skiing, sport, history and culture, religious heritage or food & wine, we can tailor make a program to suit your specific travel requirements and budget.

We work with a wide variety of accommodation suitable for all group needs ranging from 3 to 5 star hotels, villages de vacances in France and historical religious houses in Italy allowing us to tailor make a tour to match almost any group's needs.

Golden Compass Food and Wine Group

We use only top quality guides and lecturers who add that extra dimension to any visit to another country with a deep understanding of the culture, history and people as well as of any special interest of our group.

Golden Compass has the expertise and experience of creating specialist itineraries for many kinds of special interests groups. Please just ask us for details.

Golden Compass for the Individual Traveller
Like-minded individual travellers in Ireland

Golden Compass offers a range of programs for like-minded travellers. Each of our specially designed educational programs features a particular region or a special interest and we invite couples and individuals to join a small group of fellow like-minded travellers.

Our program groups generally range in size from 8 to 15 like-minded participants, and never more than 25. Naturally, these programs are subject to a minimum number in order to operate but, in most cases, this will be as low as 8 or 10 participants. We shall let you know as soon as any particular program departure becomes guaranteed.

History

golden compass tours UK headquarters

Golden Compass was founded in 1995 in leafy Amersham in the UK by Mark and Caroline Goodwin and has been successfully operating for over 20 years.

Mark Goodwin has been in the travel profession for over 30 years, first as a tour guide, then rising to Director of operations with SAGA Holidays, the UK's leading tour operator for the senior market, as Commercial Director with Rank Education, one of Britain's leading educational operators, as Director of Operations with the Travel Organisation, the UK's leading conference and incentive operator and, most recently, for the last 22 years as President and CEO of Golden Compass, until his recent retirement in December 2017. Over 25 years of his career have been involved with the educational Group Travel Market.

We are pleased to offer our unique range of small group educational travel programs directly to our Australian and New Zealand participants, with all tours priced in Australian and New Zealand dollars. We also have a Freephone national call number and a contact on the ground in Australia to help you with your enquiries. Your contact is direct with Golden Compass, which gives you a significant saving in costs as we have cut out the middle man.

Golden Compass Tours is a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).