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About the Portfolio Team

Portfolio is fortunate to have a dedicated and dynamic team hailing from both sides of the pond. We’re based in Cape Town, SA and West Sussex, UK. Apart from the team below, we also have part-time experts in design, SEO, web and app development working on specific projects throughout the year.

Directors


Ian Solomon - ian@portfoliocollection.com

Ian is a qualified CA who was always going to turn entrepreneur! He has 20 years’ business experience in various sectors and has modernised and expanded the family publishing business both on-line and with new products. Ian has a vast network in tourism and is also involved in facilitation and developmental work. He spends time away from work fathering his two girls, surfing, mountain-biking and trail-running in the Cape mountains.

James Westrip - james@africacollection.com

James has worked in the UK travel industry in many sectors & capacities since 1986, and has been involved with tourism to Africa since 1993. James considers himself a 'travel junkie' and unless he has a holiday booked or being planned he feels as though he is going 'cold turkey'. He now travels with his family, encouraging his children to be citizens of the world. James is a founder member of the Africa Collection UK team (from July 2000) & is a director of the company.

Chris Fortescue - chris@africacollection.com

Chris has been in the travel industry since 1990. After completing his schooling in Johannesburg he set forth to travel the world, eventually returning to SA to study Travel & Tourism, before making his way to the UK where he is based. Chris loves his sport including rugby, the odd drink, braai, his wife and family (not in that order obviously!). Chris is a founder of Africa Collection and shareholder of Portfolio and enjoys being part of a dedicated team and the dynamic nature of the travel industry as a director of both companies.

Lee-Anne Westrip - lee@africacollection.com

Lee-Anne has been with Africa Collection since 2001 and looks after the administration and finance functions, and is the social media guru to boot. She was born in South Africa and started her travel experience while there, and 25 years later is still within the industry. Lee-Anne is an active member of the Africa tourism sector and when not in the office is playing 'Mum's taxi' for her 2 children.

Portfolio Team


Lauren Austin - lauren@portfoliocollection.com
General Manager & Marketing

Lauren is a media and events expert who spent 8 years building her career in London before returning to her Cape Town home and joining Portfolio in 2013 to work her magic in digital marketing. Now GM, she takes her inspiration and passion for the tourism industry from the many years she spent travelling while overseas. When not planning her next trip, she can be found outside in the sunshine, often with a book and a glass of wine, with her husband, little girl and rescue pitbull.

Shana Trope - shana@portfoliocollection.com
Content Curator

Hailing from Joburg (although really a Capetonian at heart), Shana moved to the Mother City in 2006. She spent two years in London before returning to the city she loves and working in digital marketing. Having studied English, she is a lover of words and is passionate about creating and sourcing digital content that inspires and excites, making her perfect for the role of Content Curator. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, film, dancing, food, spending time with her family, and, of course, travel. She also loves a good beach session and is a self-confessed chocoholic.

Wendy Dwight - wendy@portfoliocollection.com
Consultant

Wendy joined Portfolio in 2004 and over the years has covered many miles on South Africa and Namibia’s roads! With a passion for travel and the tourism industry in SA, she is always up for a new adventure.  Wendy has two sons, both Civil Engineers, and Rupert the cat who is also well travelled. Loving the time she has at home in George, Wendy sees a lot of her friends, enjoys reading and the great outdoors.  She loves good food and wine, and plays music on grand organ and piano.

Kirsty Anderson - kirsty@portfoliocollection.com
Members & Digital

Kirsty started working for Portfolio in 2007. Born and raised in Joburg, she found her way to Cape Town in 2002 and hasn’t looked back. Two kids, one a teenager and the other pre-schooler keep her on her toes! In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, scary movies, live music and a good braai with her family and friends.

Natasha Rautenbach - natasha@portfoliojourneys.com
Senior Travel Consultant

Natasha calls herself a "Jack of All Trades" - and a possible Master of Many! She has 13 years’ experience in various aspects of the travel industry - as a Senior Travel Consultant, Conference Co-ordinator and Web Developer. Her husband and 2 kids (10 & 6) keep her very busy! When she finally gets a chance to put her feet up, she is a Crime Channel addict!

Astrid Lippert-Fisher - astrid@portfoliocollection.com
Reservations Consultant

Astrid joined Portfolio in 2016.  Apart from a Diploma in Tourism, she has worked for many years in broadcast and print media.  She has twin boys who keep her very busy.  A rugby fanatic she is, and you will most likely find her next to a rugby field over weekends.

Heather Coull - heather@portfoliocollection.com
Heritage & Custom Publishing

Heather has worked in publishing for the past 20 years. She joined Moja Media in 2005 and has worked on all the company’s publications since this time. She runs all aspects of print production from design to DTP to finished product. Heather has worked on publications in the UK and Singapore and brings her experience of these markets to our clients. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cape Town. Offline, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring our wonderful country with her family.

Shae Barna - shae@portfoliocollection.com
Designer

Shae is a bubbly and charismatic person who can, on the flip side, be quiet and shy at times. Just as her personality is diverse, so is her role at Portfolio Media. Since the inception of her lifespan with the company, she has worn many hats, from accounts, to reservations, to DTP, to web design. She is the mother of a beautiful daughter whom she adores and lives for. Shae strives to provide work of a high standard and has a wonderful zest for life. She is a team player and lives by the phrase, "together, we can do it".

Louise Lotters - accounts@portfoliocollection.com
Accounts

Louise has worked as a bookkeeper at finance firms for more than 10 years. This is her first time in travel and accommodation and she has definitely found a taste for it. She has a son and daughter still under her wings at home, and is also enjoying her first grandson, Parker. Louise and her hubby love the outdoors, especially hiking or going away on weekends when they get the time. In her spare time, she reads novels and watches heartfelt movies – she doesn’t shy away from shedding a couple of tears!