Our Team

  • Mandi Forrester-Jones
    Travel Queen

    Mandi Forrester-Jones

    Travel Queen

    Mandi is Viva’s Travel Director and has been in the industry for nearly 40 years. With a background in product development, wholesale and retail travel operations, Mandi knows the industry inside-out and works directly with our customers to plan and book all holidays and events.  Mandi is also a Marriage Celebrant so you can be sure she understands weddings better than most!

    • I have lived in 3 countries and visited 79 countries, and counting! But now married to an Aussie, this is it!
    • Even though I’m English, I am, and always be, a die-hard All Blacks fan – it even made my wedding vows!
    • I get seasick in a car wash, which is not helpful when I frequently visit my beloved Fiji and need to get to the islands! However I have been there over 70 times, with the assistance of the famed Paihia bombers (seasick tablets)
  • Andrew Hager
    Viva Chief #1

    Andrew Hager

    Viva Chief #1

    Andrew is one of Viva’s owners and its General Manager overseeing the daily operations.  Andrew’s passion is the travel industry with a career in wholesale travel operations and tourism and industry management.

    • My favourite destination is Barcelona (because sangria and tapas….obviously)
    • I am arranging my own destination wedding on a beautiful Greek island called Kythira in 2020 2021
    • Despite never getting seasick, I once found out that a night of drinking alcohol and kava in Vanuatu is not wise before a 6am charter fishing trip
  • Yann Charavel
    Viva Chief #2

    Yann Charavel

    Viva Chief #2

    Yann is one of Viva’s owners. Yann brings 17 years in operation and technology consulting and looks after Viva’s digital offerings to bring innovation to your travel experience.

    • I once unintentionally tried to enter a country in North America with no passport which got me into a LOT of trouble!
    • I have lived in 3 countries, France, Canada and Australia and visited 45+ countries.
    • Favourite destination is Vancouver where I ski bummed for a whole ski season (also teaching people with disabilities to ski)
  • Matt Thomas
    Admin Wizard

    Matt Thomas

    Admin Wizard

    Matt is Viva’s Administration Assistant and ensures that all i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed to make our customers’ holidays and events go seamlessly. Matt works with our suppliers and prepares all of the documentation and digital trip guides for our customers.

    • I spent an unforgettable year living in Vancouver whilst working for my beloved Vancouver Canucks ice hockey team.
    • If I look familiar, you’ve probably seen me on TV. I moonlight as a professional actor.
    • My bucket list destination is Antarctica… but not just a cruise… I want to spend a month there.
  • Debra Grandidier
    Travel Consultant

    Debra Grandidier

    Travel Consultant

    Debra has been in the travel industry for over 40 years and has specialised mainly in group and corporate travel.

    • I have lived in over 15 different countries around the world from New Caledonia to Morocco to Mexico and visited 50 or so more, but still my favourite is my dual nationality country, France.
    • I love following the Formula One and try every year to two to attend another race somewhere in the world.
    • From partaking of a Pinot Noir in Burgundy, jumping off a sail boat in the Adriatic Sea, floating in the Dead Sea or riding a camel in the Dubai Desert, all of which I have undertaken, can be included and any of the itineraries I prepare for my clients.
  • Leica Marek
    Travel Consultant

    Leica Marek

    Travel Consultant


    • I love to travel and experience different cultures. One of my favourite travel destinations is India; the colour & chaos, culture & history.   Around every corner is a surprise; kids playing cricket in the streets, colourful festivals, intricate architecture, every mode of transport imaginable, cows, rickshaws,  buffalo, elephants & more cramming the streets.
    • Life is an adventure & I love to try new things, more recently this includes mountain bike riding, hiking & surfing.
    • My bucket list is walking the Camino Trail, which I finally get to do in 2023.

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