Who we are

Meet our team

The Centre for GOOD Travel is a world leader in delivering travel experiences that contribute to wellbeing and regeneration of the host communities we visit. Since 2013 we have evolved to now offer capability building across all levels of the tourism sector.
Debbie Clarke
Director of Regenerative Development
Debbie Clarke is from Morrinsville, New Zealand and splits her time between Whangamata, New Zealand and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Debbie is Director of Regenerative Development, brings a background of education and counselling, founded her own niche tourism business serving LGBTQ+ travellers, and is now dedicated to developing the capabilities of tourism and travel systems to contribute to the well-being of people, communities, and natural ecosystems.
Josie Major
Director of Regenerative Programmes
Josie Major is from Te Whanganui a Tara/Wellington in New Zealand and is passionate about the potential of a regenerative approach to tourism for contributing to thriving communities and places. She is a trained regenerative practitioner and co-host of the GOOD Awaits podcast. Josie believes in seeking creative and courageous ways of fostering deeper connections to people and place, looking beyond business-as-usual, and embracing our roles as stewards of our planet.
Eliza Raymond
Eliza Raymond, our co-founder, is in the final stages of completing her PhD in Tourism Management at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research is focused on the relationship between travel and global citizenship. She specialises in child-centred research. In addition to her work with The Centre for GOOD Travel, she serves as Senior Advisor to the RISE Travel Institute and guest lectures at universities globally.
Shelley Bragg
Shelley Bragg is from South Africa and has two Honours Degrees in Development and is currently pursuing her Master's in the same field. She is a facilitator for the UPEACE Center for Executive Education and the Founder of Node Consulting. She has an extensive career in marketing, communications, and fundraising and is currently most curious about how we orientate businesses towards more just and generative futures.
Caitie Goddard
Caitie Goddard is based in Washington DC, USA and is our Director of Communications. She has lived and worked on four continents and uses her background in social entrepreneurship, operations and leadership development to identify new opportunities to share The Centre for GOOD Travel globally.
Karin Nunan
Sustainability and Strategy Adviser
Karin is an explorer who has spent her 25+ year sustainability career working and living in over 100 countries. While her focus has been social impact, human rights, and gender equality, she is most passionate about her strategic sustainability work with The Centre of GOOD Travel, planning experiential travel for families and helping children find their place in the world through exploration. Currently based in England, she and her 12-year-old daughter spent the past year traveling the globe - from the Arctic to Antarctica - challenging themselves to travel with the smallest footprint possible.
Erin Carnes
Creative Strategist
Erin Carnes is an experienced educator, passionate traveler, and photography enthusiast with over a decade of teaching expertise. She has a knack for exploring and has led student trips for National Geographic and other organisations worldwide. Since 2017, Erin has been part of The Centre for GOOD Travel, serving as their Creative Strategist and leading trips to Iceland and South Africa. Currently residing in Detroit, Michigan, she finds inspiration in the city's potential for regeneration and channels her creative energy into graphic design and marketing.
Ange Nielsen
Operations Manager
Ange is a half Dane, half Kiwi currently living in Wellington, New Zealand. Ange is an avid learner of how to make the world a better place and is passionate about advancing causes that have a positive social and environmental impact. She has a Master’s degree in Development and International Relations, and with family all over the world, travel has always been an important part of her life.
Heidy Aspilcueta
Heidy Aspilcueta was born and raised in Cusco, Peru. She holds an MBA from ESAN University in Lima and has over 18 years of experience managing operations of tours and International Students Trips/Service Learning trips in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is also currently doing another master's program in Education Management in order to run a school that MEDLIFE is building for children in vulnerable communities of Lima.
Who we are

Meet our supporters

The Centre for GOOD Travel has a team of Advisors and Advocates from every corner of the globe who are experts in their fields. They volunteer their time because they wish to see The Centre for GOOD Travel succeed.
Jessica Gomez Duran
Jessica Gomez-Duran has a varied career, primarily in the non-profit sector, that spans nearly two decades. Her key areas of expertise include strategy development, sustainability, marcomms, project management, and relationship management. Jessica has a BA in Geography and French from Leeds University and a Master's in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future.
Megan Clarke
Youth Advisor
Megan graduated in 2022 from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Tourism Management. She won the Tourism Industry NZ Trust Academic Scholarship and participated as a stakeholder member in the MBIE innovation programme for tourism recovery. Megan brings a valuable youth perspective to The Centre for GOOD Travel's advisory board.
Kristin Dunne
Kristin Dunne is Director of Destination Strategy at Miles Partnership. Previously Kristin led Tāpoi Te Moananui ā Toi | Tourism Bay of Plenty as Tumuaki | Chief Executive where their Strategy ‘Te Hā Tapoi’ is recognised as an exemplar globally as a framework for regenerative Destination Management.
Regina Scheyvens
Regina Scheyvens is Professor of International Development Massey University in New Zealand, where she combines a passion for teaching with research on tourism, community empowerment and sustainable development, especially focusing on the South Pacific. Along with books on ‘Tourism for Development: Empowering Communities’, ‘Tourism and Poverty’ and ‘Inclusive Tourism Development’, she has published many articles on related themes such as indigenous tourism development, and the role of the private sector in contributing to SDGs.
Carla Rey Vasquez
Carla Rey Vasquez is the global citizen manager at Education New Zealand. Her background also includes experience working with the Centres of Asia Pacific Excellence and AFS Intercultural Programs. We are thrilled to have Carla's global citizenship expertise on our board of trustees and excited to develop innovative ways in which travel in New Zealand and the Pacific can contribute towards global citizenship education.
Michelle Holliday
For the past two decades, Michelle Holliday has inspired with her thought leadership and vision. As a writer, presenter, facilitator and researcher, her work centers around “thrivability” — a set of perspectives and practices based on a view of organizations and communities as dynamic living systems. To that end, she brings people together and helps them discover ways they can feel more alive, connect more meaningfully with each other, and serve life more powerfully and effectively through their work.
Luana Scowcroft
Luana Scowcroft grew up in the tourism industry in Rarotonga, so the manaaki of manuhiri (visitors) is in her blood. Luana’s tourism experience extends to building and running a purpose built eco resort, Ikurangi Eco Retreat, setting up the Mana Tiaki programme in the Cook Islands, leading the visitor engagement work for the Department of Conservation and chairing the Tiaki - Care for NZ governance group in Aotearoa. A mum to two young kids, Luana is passionate about regenerative tourism and feels a deep sense of responsibility to shift tourism so it supports host communities, the whenua and culture to thrive.
Anna Pollock
Anna Pollock is a renowned researcher, strategist, and change catalyst in the tourism and hospitality sector. Passionate about its potential to generate well-being and wealth, she emphasizes the need for responsible management, respecting the interconnectedness of all life. Anna's visionary insights have shaped the industry, foreseeing trends like wellness, sustainability, experiential development, climate change impact, and evolving traveller values. Anna excels in making sense of complex information and empowering others to take meaningful action. Anna works tirelessly through her initiative, Conscious Travel, to expedite the paradigm shift that will redefine the future of tourism.
Dianne Dredge PhD
Dianne Dredge is Director of the Australian-based social enterprise, The Tourism CoLab. The CoLab delivers online education and place-based journeys that specialise in [un]thinking, [un]doing and [re]imagining a different kind of tourism. Dianne draws from 25+ years of experience in consulting, policy advisory, research, education and community wealth-building roles. She has published 8 books and over 200 research papers on tourism, policy, practice and education. Dianne is also co-founder of Designing Tourism, a Tasmanian-based social enterprise that delivers experimental projects that shift how destinations, communities, and governments plan, manage and engage in the future of tourism.
Lee-Anne Jago
Lee-Anne Jago (Ngāti Māhuta, Ngāti Pou, Ngāti Raukawa) along with her husband Todd (Ngāti Raukawa)owns Waka Abel Tasman in Kaiteriteri, New Zealand. Lee-Anne is the proud mother of Awatea and Aria, has 20 years’ experience guiding, instructing and managing adventure tourism enterprises, and has competed nationally and internationally in waka ama competitions. Waka is central to her life and to her whanau’s (family) life. Waka Abel Tasman offers waka experiences in the Abel Tasman National Park within a cultural framework of Māori tikanga and world view. Manaaki moana, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua - Care for the sea, care for the people, move forward as one – is their ethos and they place their community at the heart of everything they do in their business and are passionate about uplifting rangatahi (young people) and supporting their community to thrive.
Dr Nancy McGehee
Dr. Nancy Gard McGehee is the R.B. Pamplin Professor in Hospitality and Tourism Management for the Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. Since 1993 her research and teaching emphasis has been on innovation in tourism development, domestically and internationally. Nancy received the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research, is a Fulbright Specialist Program Awardee, and was cited as an Outstanding Woman in Travel Research by Women in Travel and Tourism International (WITTI). She is co-editor of the Journal of Travel Research alongside Professor Jim Petrick of Texas A&M.
Susanne Becken
Susanne Becken is a Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University in Australia and the Principal Science Investment Advisor (Visitor) in the Department of Conservation, New Zealand, where she works at the science-policy interface with a particular focus on climate change and the tourism-environment nexus. Susanne is a member of the Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel, the Travalyst Independent Advisory Group and the New Zealand Government Tourism Data Leadership Group. She is an elected Fellow of the International Academy of the Study of Tourism. In 2019, she was awarded the prestigious UNWTO Ulysses Award for her contribution to tourism knowledge.
Who we are

Meet our collaborators

We know that collaboration is needed to effect system-wide change. Below is more information about the individuals and organisations that we work alongside.
Vallori Thomas
Trip designer and leader
Vallori is the founder of WOW Coaching & Consulting, and works closely with the GOOD Travel team to design and lead trips globally. She has taken GOOD travellers across the globe from Thailand to Brazil on journeys of discovery and self-discovery.
Vincie Ho
Vincie Ho (she/her) is the Founder and Executive Director of RISE Travel Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that inspires responsible, impactful, sustainable, and ethical travel through education. Her work focuses on engaging travelers in important conversations around social justice, equity and inclusion, animal protection, environmental sustainability, and systems change in the context of travel and tourism. Vincie holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics (HKU) and taught French at the University of Hong Kong for over a decade. She holds various graduate and professional certificates in DEI (SGSB), humane education (IHE), sustainable tourism (GSTC), social change leadership (NYU), and international peace and human rights (UNU).

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