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Jay McKenzie

Jay McKenzie


As a former  award winning NZ Based operator/director Jay has brought her skills and  detailed planning to all aspects of the business. Her extensive  knowledge of Australia is second to none and with a dedication to understanding how to streamline an experience for the best client travel.

Her background and experience, coupled with a strong business background, work ethic and passion for the tourism industry gave rise to an opportunity to take her skill sets and move to Australia. Here she joined Bob Wood Cruise Group and was integral in creating one of the most successful ground operators in Australia, Bob Wood Cruise Group. Jay has managed logistics for hundreds of thousands of Shore Excursion guests.

All of this culminates in the common goal that every traveller desires – to create moments that will create a lifetime of memories.

Carmen Stevenson

Carmen Stevenson

General Manager - Operations & Service Delivery

Carmen is a true Australian girl heralding from Northern New South Wales. Her love of travel began with a trip to Europe when she was nineteen.  From then on she caught the travel bug and knew a career in travel and tourism was the perfect way to enjoy the best of both worlds.

The early part of her career was spent working in retail travel agencies.  A slight change of direction saw her spend over a decade with one of Australia’s leading airlines.  Being part of the growth and development of the airline sector reinvigorated her love for travel which had begun many years previously.

When the chance to join Bob Wood Cruise Group’s sister company, Guides Australia, arose Carmen took the opportunity with both hands and hasn’t looked back.  She has now moved over to Bob Wood Cruise Group into the role of General Manager of operations. With a vast understanding of travel and tourism, as well as a passion for people, Carmen takes great pride in ensuring that each and every international traveller to Australia leaves with an everlasting positive experience.

Kiri Braid

Kiri Braid

General Manager - Sales & Communications

Kiri’s travel career began in the eighties on a double decker bus in the countryside of Europe cooking Chinese Food for passengers from Hong Kong. It wasn’t long before she found herself on the Gold Coast where she followed her passion for food owning an organic café / catering company for nine years .

Originally from New Zealand she now has an Australian husband and four children who also share her love for food and travel. Kiri often finds herself travelling internationally and rendezvousing with family members and reflecting on times when she herself enjoyed the open road and the experiences it provided.

Kiri has extensive experience in both outbound and inbound tourism, with a definite love for authentic travel experiences that overflow into her work life. Kiri builds authentic relationships with our clients, guests and suppliers and loves the opportunity to share the Australian experience and develop unique itineraries.


“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

Phil Jackson