At Explore, we’re proud to have women in a diverse range of roles across the business - from providing our unforgettable adventures on the ground around the world, to ensuring everything works like clockwork behind the scenes. In celebration of the fantastic women who make up Explore, this International Women’s Day we’re introducing you to five of our team members to get to know their unique roles.
Tell us a bit about you: What do you do, where in the world are you, and when did you join Explore?
Isanka: I'm Isanka Gunawardhana, an Explore leader from Sri Lanka. My higher education is in Tourism, Aviation studies & Archaeology. I've gained an MBA with Hospitality from University of West London. I joined the tourism industry as a national tourist guide lecturer in 2008, and have worked for Explore since 2016.
Prue: I am Group Head of Sustainability for Hotelplan, a collection of five different outdoor and adventure brands, of which Explore is one. Prior to overseeing the sustainability for the group I was Head of Sustainability for Explore, so I know (and love) the holidays, the people and customers really well. I live in Surrey, near Guildford, and I joined Explore back in 2009 after I finished my masters degree in London.
Haymar: I am Haymar, an Explore tour leader from Myanmar, Burma. I started to work with Explore in 2011 and really enjoyed it. Travelling is one of the things I like most to see new places in the world.
Hannah: I’ve been working at Explore for 11 years now, based in the head office in Farnborough. Originally I worked as part of the Product Team and now I manage Sustainability which covers everything from our trips on the ground to how we tackle waste at head office in Farnborough.
Jae: I live in Folkestone – a quirky seaside town with a huge art scene and an eclectic population, which I love. I joined Explore as Marketing Director at the beginning of this year.