Our Team

Marianne
Acreman

Director

If it’s unique or adventurous, our Director, Marianne, has it covered. She has travelled extensively across all seven continents, and has an incredible knowledge base about Africa in particular.

Jim
Drapes

Director

Director, Jim, has led groups on the Kokoda Track so many times that he knows every path personally. Jim also leads the Great Southern Safari, and is extremely passionate about Africa.

Ray
Baker

Director

Back Track Director, Ray Baker, an expert at high altitude trekking, designs and often leads our treks in Nepal, the Indian Himalaya and Kilimanjaro. 2019 was his 40th anniversary of trekking.

Leanne
Flanagan-Smith

General Manager

Leanne has travelled to all seven continents, so ask her anything. She had recently returned from trips to Japan and Galapagos Islands. Her favourite holiday is anywhere in South America!

Clare
Davissen

TourS Manager

Clare manages Back Track’s trekking suite of products, and is an avid trekker who’s trekked on six continents. She leads treks and designs new itineraries. Her most recent trekking holiday was Patagonia. 

Laura
Bugg

TOurs Reservations

Having spent 12 years in the USA, Laura is back and ready to help with all your trekking needs for Kokoda & Australian Desert Expeditions. She is an avid traveller, walker and hiker. 

Andrea
Turner

Trek Operations Manager

Andrea pursued a career in trekking after she first completed the Kokoda Track over 10 years ago. She has travelled extensively, including Borneo, South America & Nepal, and loves to encourage others to get out there. 

Jess
Cooper

Travel Sales
Manager

Jess’s love for travel makes her an excellent consultant and a valuable member of the team. Her favourite destination is Africa – she has travelled extensively through the continent and most recently summited Mt Kilimanjaro.

Naomi
Zerner

ADVENTURE CONSULTANT

Talk about having the travel bug! Naomi’s travel experience is vast, with recent trips to the Galapagos Islands and Zambia. However, her recent trip to Antarctica and Patagonia is her favourite and most exciting trip to date. 

Matteo
Carri

ADVENTURE CONSULTANT

Irish-Italian Matteo (Matt) is our European guru. He has recently returned from Botswana and his own tour, a Sicilian Odyssey Food Adventure. Matt is in the office Tuesday, Thursday and 
Friday

Sarah
MacKenzie

ADVENTURE CONSULTANt

Sarah is our newest consultant, but rest assured, she knows her stuff! Sarah’s most recent jounry was a cruise to Hong Kong and mainland China, but her favourite travel destination is the United States. 

Judy
Ritter

CLIENT
RESERVATIONS

Judy coordinates our clients’ reservations, so rest assured, you are in good hands. Judy loves to travel, her favourite destinations are Italy and South America. 

Rachel
Avery

Marketing
Manager

Rachel comes to Back Track with a background in all things digital and marketing. Her most recent trip was to Mexico and Cuba last year during Day of the Dead. 

Robyn
Moller

Finance
and Payments

Robyn looks after the business finances.  Robyn loves to travel, and her favourite destinations to date are Tasmania in staying in Australia and Canada.

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