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Meet the Team

The Touch of Spice team creates unique experiences for clients across New Zealand, taking care of everything from the smallest details to the most complex logistical arrangements.

AboutJacqui Spice

Founder/CEO

AboutKate Walker

General Manager

AboutLyndal Devery

Portfolio Manager

AboutNicola Burton

Head of Sales

AboutJudi Kean

Travel & Leisure Curator

AboutPäivi Kurikkala

Travel and Experience Curator

AboutEmily Ravenscroft

Event Curator

AboutNatasha Tarn

Travel & Experience Curator

AboutNora Zenasni

Marketing Executive

AboutKelcey Radford

Marketing Manager

AboutClare Carleton

Marketing Assistant & E.A

AboutSuye Chan

Administration

AboutBeverley Fraser

Financial Controller

Jacqui Spice

Founder/CEO

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Jacqui is the founder and CEO of Touch of Spice. With nurturing the company from the ground up for over 10 years, she has expanded on her already extensive wealth of knowledge and experience in the luxury travel sector. Outside of her passion for Touch of Spice, Jacqui adores the company of family and friends, loves to travel and experience culture, make the most of Queenstowns outdoor activities, and of course drink good wine and indulge in good food.

Kate Walker

General Manager

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Born and raised on a farm in Southland, Kate has always attributed her strong work ethic and love of the outdoors to her upbringing. Always up for a challenge - an ‘ideas girl’, with a reputation for getting things done…and doing them well! Kate joins us with a vast amount of experience in sales, marketing and management, most recently specialising in the New Zealand Travel & Leisure industry. After spending 7 great years living and working in Chelsea, London; traveling the world, Kate and her family have realised that there is no better place to settle than Queenstown! Away from work, it is all about being active with her two son's and husband, so weekends are spent deep in powder up Coronet, water-skiing on the lake, trout fishing or entertaining friends at home.

Lyndal Devery

Portfolio Manager

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Everyone needs a villa manager and lucky for us we have Lyndal . . . Lyndal is a Southlander and after having spent 25 odd years in Brisbane working in Property Management, a few years ago Lyndal and her husband returned to Queenstown. With a no nonsense attitude she is responsible for managing the managers, the cleaners, looking after owners investments and ensuring guests have the villa experience they expect!

Nicola Burton

Head of Sales

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With over twelve years' experience working within the hospitality, tourism and events industries, including several years working on luxury yachts, Nicola has an excellent understanding of the meticulous detail required to ensure a premiere level of service for her clients. Her easy-going and approachable personality means that you can quickly establish rapport and feel comfortable requesting anything of her, no matter how specialized it happens to be.

Päivi Kurikkala

Travel and Experience Curator

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Päivi is our well-travelled member. Originally from Finland, Päivi has also called Ireland home for seven years, Australia for two and the past seven years, Queenstown has become her most preferred base which she enjoys with her partner and adorable son, Noah. With over 6 years in the 5* hotel background, Touch of Spice and Päivi were a match made in accommodation heaven. On her free days, Päivi enjoys the local hikes which include Moke Lake, Sawpit Gully and Moonlight track - She says to give them a go yourself.

Emily Ravenscroft

Event Curator

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Coming all the way from England, Emily joined us with a strong events background working for high end event companies as well as a first class degree in Event Management. As a keen traveller herself, Emily is able to plan itineraries down to the last detail and loves creating something off the beaten track to make the clients experience unique!

Natasha Tarn

Travel & Experience Curator

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Tash joins us all the way from the UK with a nine year event and sales background working in five star hotels. This path gave Tash her luxury-level customer service, appreciation for fulfilling guest experiences and knowing she must always believe in the product to be able to sell it convincingly. Tash has now been in New Zealand for three years and has become very fond of the Kiwi lifestyle; she’s become a lover of the outdoors, a curious traveller, mum to a fur baby and always up for a winery tour and BBQ dinner.

Nora Zenasni

Marketing Executive

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Nora has worked in the field of advertising and marketing for over eight years. Her experience ranges across all print, digital and above the line channels, as well as facilitating experiences for a diverse range of clients. Originally from London, she has spent the last few years travelling the Southern Hemisphere, experiencing everything this part of the world has to offer – including working as a tour guide in the outback!

Kelcey Radford

Marketing Manager

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Kelcey has worked in the field of international event management and marketing for over 13 years. As an event planner her motto has always been “the devil is in the details” – she tends to be a bit of a perfectionist and always works with a high attention to detail and a customer-first approach. Prior to moving to Wanaka in 2014, she spent ten years in Washington, DC working in the aviation industry. She is a yoga enthusiast, an avid traveller (5 continents so far!), and enjoys making the most of Wanaka’s amazing outdoor life with her husband and fur-baby.

Clare Carleton

Marketing Assistant & E.A

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Clare comes to Touch of Spice offering a background in print and digital advertising and is the third member of our marketing trio. Originally from Southland, Clare enjoys making the most of the great outdoors and is always up for socialising over coffee or a cocktail with friends & family in her weekends.

Suye Chan

Administration

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With over a decades experience in the publishing industry, Suye felt it was time to start a new challenge while still making the best use of her communication and translation skills. Suye's role now at Touch of Spice is a combination of administration, accounts and sales support. Suye is multi-lingual so she enjoys meeting people from different nationalities.