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Meet the team
Sue Heine – Managing Director / Tour Director
Sue worked in the airline and travel industry for 14 years before creating "Toujours France", including 12 years with Ansett Airlines and 2 years teaching the Travel & Tourism diploma at NMIT. Toujours France comes from an original concept, Sue's philosophy being to provide for guests who are interested in discovering France more fully and personally than is usually experienced on larger group tours.
Due to Sue's ongoing French connections and friendships, she is always familiar with current affairs and trends, so that Toujours France guests benefit from the most up-to-date vogues, from great shopping, "hidden" local restaurants, new attractions, museums and markets.
She lived and worked in Paris for 3 years, the highlight of which was a stage at the Australian Embassy. She also holds a Diploma in Advanced French with extra studies in Art and History. Her grand passion for France extends from history and art to cuisine, wine and local traditions.
Kate Stedman – Tour Director
Kate Stedman is a highly qualified historian who for many years was Head of History at a leading Melbourne school. One of her major areas of expertise is the WW1 Battlefields of the Somme and Belgium, and she also has a passion for medieval studies.
Kate joined the team at Toujours France in 2002, and since then has led numerous tours all over France, and personally developed our itinerary for the "Battlefields of the Somme & Belgium" tour, with a focus on Australian sites and battles. Kate's vibrant nature and extensive knowledge add a terrific perspective to her tours.
Nadine Sirop and Martine Vieuw – Our French Tour Directors
Nadine and Martine have been leading tours for Toujours France since 2004, and also operate their own small tour company in Provence. They are both qualified History and English teachers and have a unique local knowledge of the French culture and traditions in each region, and delight in introducing our guests to hidden "secrets" in each area.
Our Team at Pan Australian Travel
Jake Hower is Director of Pan Australian Travel, our affiliated licenced travel agent. Jake has cultivated a career out of his love of travel and fine food and wine for the past 6 years and loves nothing more than sharing his experiences and knowledge with fellow enthusiasts.
Jake pours passion and enthusiasm into everything he undertakes and believes in the core values of Honesty, Professionalism, Integrity and Leadership. Jake's top travel tip: "Fly during the day as much as possible, choosing flights which depart as close to your normal waking time help to reduce jet lag and make your holiday so much more enjoyable. Research your destination, if you know as much as possible before you, arrive you'll waste less time when you are there."