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John is an academic who has since developed another side of life – as a business entrepreneur and adviser.
His education and training was in electrical and electronic engineering, and he taught for many years at a variety of Australian universities.
He then began a career as an innovation and entrepreneurship advisory and consultant, working with Government and many of the world's leading corporate consultancy businesses.
He has established and sold a number of businesses during his career, and was involved as a key advisory in the early establishment of online accommodation booking engines.
John has also been involved in travel and tourism from the time of his first overseas trip at age 12 to the present day. He and Barbara have successfully established and developed a boutique luxury B&B in Tasmania, and during this time, John held a Board position with a State accommodation representative body.
He and Barbara are currently running a range of business activities, including a number relating to the travel and tourism sector.
Born in Melbourne, Barbara has exhibited a free spirit and thirst for knowledge on food and travel from a very early age.
She travelled extensively with her parents during her formative years, then took herself to Europe and the UK on a working holiday after completing her school studies.
Barbara has worked for very many organizations in the travel sector (far too many to own up to!). This work experience has included airlines, travel agencies, hotels, tour operators and boutique accommodation providers.
Amongst the more notable awards that Barbara earned during her travel career was the opportunity to travel from Melbourne to London to attend a gala dinner, and then return on the next plane out!
Other achievements include running a global cruising tour for several years, developing her own travel agency, a number of managerial roles with leading global agencies and most importantly successfully raising two very special children.
Barbara also managed to spend several years with World Vision, enabling her to further expand on her travel opportunities while visiting and evaluating numerous field projects.