Our job is to make your travel as well-planned and enjoyable as possible. Our expertise is broad ranging, with travel consultants, product managers, tour leaders and general administrative staff forming the team. Academy Travel has its own office in Rome, headed by Claudia Pfeiffer.
Robert Veel has 20 years’ experience designing and leading educational travel programs and is a director of Academy Travel. He has designed and led over 50 tours to Asia, Europe, Turkey and the United States, and has travelled extensively in Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Canada. Robert's special interest is in Italian medieval and Renaissance history.
Jackie Colonnelli is a product manager for our school tours, liaising with teachers and students on confirmed tours. After studying economics and working in banking, she returned to her first love – travel – and has several years’ experience in the travel industry. She has recently completed a Master of History. Jackie has managed school tours to Italy, Greece, the UK and Turkey for Academy Travel.
Natalie Moran is a product manager for our school tours as well as managing our sales and marketing activities and teacher professional development. She has worked in various roles throughout the tourism industry both here and overseas. She is a qualified school and TAFE teacher. Natalie has been leading tours throughout Europe since 2005 and spent a year living in Italy to perfect her Italian.
Leanne Meoli looks after clients booked on our school tours, arranging flights, insurance and additional travel. She has recently returned to the travel industry after completing a Diploma in Travel and Tourism. Leanne has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia and has over 10 years’ experience in the travel industry, including as a Qantas flight attendant.
Caitlin Hoey is a retail consultant who looks after clients booked on our school tours, arranging flights, insurance and additional travel. Caitlin comes from a retail travel background, managing an agency in a busy shopping centre. She has travelled extensively across Europe, Asia and South America and has a degree in English, Text and Writing.
Cassandra Kean is our retail consultant who looks after clients booked on our school tours, arranging flights, insurance and additional travel. She has over 10 years experience in the travel and hotel industry, which has provided her the opportunity to work in the UK and USA. Travel is her passion, and she has had many adventures travelling through Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Claudia Pfeiffer is the manager of Academy Europe, our Rome-based company which is responsible for managing relations with hotels and other suppliers in western Europe. Claudia has over 25 years’ experience organising incoming travel in Europe. She speaks fluent English, German, Italian and French.