Meet Our Team

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John Ford Director

Swept off his feet by a Spanish beauty over 40 years ago, John’s passion and knowledge of his destinations is unrivalled.  With over 40 years experience in the industry and a great enthusiasm for the history of the Iberian Triangle, John can plan an itinerary for the most discerning of travellers.
John revisits our destinations at least once a year and a few of his favourite experiences include enjoying tapas and a vino with friends in Madrid, driving the winding roads of the north coast of Spain and strolling the streets of the University city of Coimbra.


Fiona Ford Office Manager

Having the travel bug in her blood, Fiona can’t remember doing anything else.  With over 20 years experience in planning Iberian itineraries, Fiona especially loves putting together creative independent travel both by car and rail as well as extensive Moroccan adventures.
A few of Fiona’s favourite experiences include port wine tasting in the Douro valley, buying black pottery in Salamanca, travelling through the Mallorcan countryside on the historic Soller railway and watching the sunrise over the dunes of Merzouga in Morocco.


Marina Kladaric Senior Consultant

Part of our little family for over 9 years, Marina is so dedicated she completed a Spanish course to further enhance her knowledge and appreciation of our region. Experienced in both group and individual bookings, Marina loves to add unique experiences to each itinerary such as a pintxos tour in San Sebastian or a cooking class in Marrakesh. 
A few of Marina’s favourite experiences include watching Spain win the 2010 World Cup final in Madrid, eating different tapas in tiny bars, exploring Barcelona’s Modernist architecture and buying a traditional woven carpet in Fes.


Chloe Hughes Senior Consultant

Part of the Ibertours family for the last 8 years and an expert in all things Iberian, Chloe’s enthusiasm and bubbly disposition is infectious.  From an independent tour of Spain by rail to a deluxe private driver itinerary in Portugal, Chloe’s creativity shines, providing a carefully thought out and individually tailored itinerary to each client. 
A few of Chloe’s favourite experiences include enjoying a traditional Fado performance in Lisbon, strolling the old streets of Obidos, sipping on a port tonico overlooking the Douro river and exploring Madrid, historic Andalucia and Barcelona by small group tour.


Marian Rodriguez Senior Consultant

Born in Cordoba in Spain’s Andalucia region and having also lived and worked in Barcelona and Sevilla, we are lucky to now have Marian’s expertise here in Melbourne.   With over 12 years experience in the travel industry in Spain and an infectious enthusiasm for her native home, she can even tell you where to stop for coffee. A lover of the outdoors, a few of Marian’s favourite experiences include hiking the Ruta del Cares in Asturias, enjoying the Patio flower festival in her home town and meeting a nomadic family in the Moroccan Sahara.



Natasha Joosten Travel Consultant

The newest addition to the Ibertours family, Natasha is meticulous in her work and loves designing in depth self drive itineraries and personalises each tour with highlights such as a flamenco tour in the lively Triana quarter of Sevilla or a guided visit of the colourful Palacio da Pena in Sintra.  She is looking forward to further travel and exploring our region including Barcelona, San Sebastian’s beaches and Portugal’s old world capital of Lisbon.




Peter Hewlett Sales Executive - NSW & ACT

Peter has been in the travel industry for more years than he cares to admit but has never lost his curiosity and love of travel.  He really enjoys his ongoing contact and relationships with travel consultants and still gets a thrill when agents proceed to ask for quotations and make bookings after his sales calls. What other industry gives such pleasure ? In addition, he loves to promote the professionalism and expertise that comes with representing tour wholesale companies like Ibertours providing clients with seamless travel arrangements and life changing experiences. Peter’s love of travel has taken him to most parts of the world but, be warned, he can talk for hours and is more than happy share endless photos of his own experiences in Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, India, Morocco, Portugal, Canada and Alaska to name just a few.


Sean Flint Sales Executive - QLD

Sean is a well-known industry identity, with close to 30 years’ experience in senior industry roles. His ability to be able to tell the great stories of his many travels to over 60 countries and his business acumen, have lead him to running his own successful Sales and Marketing company for 10 years in the Travel Industry. Qualifying what the clients wants coupled with the experience of the trip has always been a passion for Sean. Sean is a keen observer of Moroccan politics and social fabric, loves reading about the Spanish History and has a huge affection for the Portuguese culinary fare. His daughter Isabella is named after Queen Isabella of Spain. Sean’s company FTM Australia represents Ibertours Travel in Queensland.

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Jillian Van Sales Executive - VIC & SA

Jillian is very pleased and excited about being a part of the Ibertours family.  With over 20 years’ experience taking wholesale travel product to the retail travel industry, Jillian is happiest representing quality independent suppliers that she, herself, would be happy to travel with.  She has travelled extensively through Europe as an independent, self-drive and rail traveller always having plenty of time to get to know the locals.  Spain & Portugal were last visited by her some years ago, but the memories of fun and laughter remain, time to return perhaps   ……  and Morocco is only a short swim from there.  A 10 year hiatus in the Victorian Alpine village of Falls Creek did nothing to improve Jillian’s status in the travel industry in Victoria but, boy it was FUN,  and that is the point:  Life is too short to be anything but fun and travelling.