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National Sales Team

Meet the team that are driving us towards success throughout Australia and New Zealand. You may have seen them out in the field supporting you?

Alison Hopkirk – New Zealand Business Development Manager

Alison Hopkirk

Alison has had over 25 years’ experience in sales and marketing, with a focus on the retail and corporate travel industry of New Zealand. Her extensive career spans across a range of companies within the travel industry including Qantas Airways, Travelex Australasia and online wholesalers Excite Holidays and Expedia TAAP (Discover the World) are just to name a few.

In 1995 Alison left NZ and lived in London for 5 years, working as Station Assistant for the London Underground as well as a part-time Tour Guide for Backpacker Travel Company. Being a tour guide meant she could visit all the great spots or Europe, with Pamplona and the running of the Bulls being a favourite, as well as Hogmanay in Edinburgh and the Munich Beer Fest. In 1999 she returned to Auckland and after 6 months of travel consulting joined Qantas Airways, working her way through the departments, from Frequent Flyer, to Corporate Sales and found her passion working with the Qantas Industry Sales Team.

Online is where it’s at and having worked for Excite Holidays and Expedia TAAP, Alison is ready to raise the roof in sales for DriveAway in the North Island of New Zealand.

Phone: +64 21 242 5077

Claire Turner – Business Development Manager QLD, Northern NSW, NT, WA

Claire Turner

Claire has turned her passion into her job. Originally from Ireland, she left to travel solo around the globe from North America, through the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia and on to Asia from Bali to Kathmandu, "which was all the rage in the 80’s!"

Little did she know that one of the above countries would be her new home. She met her husband at the airport in Indonesia; they decided to travel through Asia together and got engaged in India. They married in Ireland and settled in Brisbane a year later.

It was in Brisbane where she started her first job in travel as an international consultant and joined the DriveAway Team in January 2000! Still living in Brisbane, she’s a regular at North Stradbroke Island, Noosa and the Scenic Rim, but you can also find her in a motorhome in Northern Territory, Tassie and New Zealand.

Her love for travel has taken her to Africa and South America multiple times, but also back to Ireland. Claire’s twin son and daughter inherited the travel bug and moved overseas themselves, which offers a great opportunity for Claire to tag a little holiday every time she returns to Europe.

Phone: 0434 075 853

Fraser Tong – Business Development Manager VIC, TAS, SA, ACT, Southern NSW

Fraser Tong

Fraser grew up in New Zealand where his early love of travel and tourism progressed and lead him to complete a Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree at Victoria University Wellington. Fraser worked in the Hotel Industry for a number of years before making the move to Australia to take a up roles with Tourism Holding Limited and most recently Parker Travel Collection.

Fraser is thrilled to be in his next chapter of his career with DriveAway as he still remembers his favourite holiday where he drove the length and breadth of the South Island of NZ in a Britz Campervan with his University mates. Fraser enjoys helping others experience this exciting experience, not just in NZ but throughout the world!

Phone: 0434 075 849

Nathan Baber - National Industry Sales Manager

Nathan Baber

Nathan started his career at DriveAway in 2007, looking after the Gold Coast and Far North Queensland. He has been DriveAway’s National Sales Manager for the last nine years and having over 18 years of experience in the travel industry, Nathan knows exactly what his agents need.

Nathan and his team are always available to support their travel partners & clients.

A passionate self-drive traveller himself, Nathan's perfect holiday would be a family holiday in a motorhome to Hervey Bay or exploring New South Wales in his caravan. When Nathan was living in London, you would regularly see him cruising along the Spanish and Portuguese roads.

Nathan is a father of two beautiful cheeky boys who provide nothing but good times and plenty of laughs and husband to "a wife that keeps me in line!" The family being very keen to spend a few weeks driving the US in the very near future.

Phone: 0434 565 596