Meet The Team

Julia Jossa

Julia Jossa

13 YEARS IN TRAVEL

Travelling has always been a part of my life. As a child we moved every four years due to my father’s job in the Foreign Office, I was fortunate to live in eight different counties by the time I started university. When my time came to find a job, the travel industry seemed like the perfect choice. I have not looked back since.

Destinations I love: Vietnam, Mexico, Brazil, France and Italy.

Properties I love: Castiglion del Bosco, The Greenwich, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo and Punta dos Ganchos. I am a huge fan of sailing and yachting holidays.

Recently visited: France, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Dubai, New York and Brazil.

My tip: Try not to over-plan a holiday and leave some time to sit back and soak up a place. There is nothing I love more than sitting in a café watching the world go by. This is how you get to know a destination.

Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

12 YEARS IN TRAVEL

I have always had a passion for travel and exploring new places. I have been lucky enough to travel to 50 countries and work on five continents, and I love nothing more than sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm with our clients. Before joining Oxford Private Travel I spent seven years in Africa working in luxury experiential tourism at some of the top properties on the continent, so I know what it takes to deliver a truly world class travel experience!

Destinations I love: Seychelles, Croatia, Vietnam, India and Kenya.

Properties I love: The Brando in French Polynesia, Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa and Palazzo Avino in Amalfi Coast.

Recently visited:  Kenya, Seychelles, South Africa, Croatia and Italy

My tip: Travel is all about experiences and memories. Whilst it’s important to take photos, make sure you also spend time soaking up the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of your destination too!

Mark Gibbins

Mark Gibbins

20 YEARS IN TRAVEL

My love of travel was born in the mountains. At the age of 19 I chose to escape my stressful chef’s career in London and move to the Swiss Alps. From here my passion for skiing, the mountains and the travel industry grew; hence I chose to forge a career in this industry. For me travel and food go hand in hand. I’m the one you need to befriend for that elusive restaurant reservation.

Destinations I love: New York City and the Alps.

Properties I love: Park Hyatt in New York, Delano in Miami and W Verbier. 

Recently visited: Dubai, Miami, New York, Verbier, Courchevel and Orlando.

My tip: Never waste money on bad food. When travelling to a destination speak to the locals and your pre-arrival concierge to find where to make a reservation. Never go for a stroll and hope to get lucky! 

Rupert Longsdon

Rupert Longsdon

23 YEARS IN TRAVEL

In fairness I never thought my life would take me to so many wonderful places. Starting The Oxford Ski Company in 1998 was more a love of the mountains and working in the service industry than the skiing aspect. With Oxford Private Travel even more doors have been opened to visit new places. It never ceases to impress me how standards of travel, destinations and experiences across the world continue to evolve and improve.

Destinations I love: The Alps, Greek Islands and Mexico. 

Properties I love: North Island in Seychelles and Le K2 in Courchevel 1850 (French Alps).

Recently visited: Seychelles, Bali and Antarctica.

My tip: Use an experienced Agent (of course). It is a false economy trying to do it alone. "Buy cheap, buy twice".

About Oxford Private Travel

Oxford Private Travel makes it personal. We’re a small, passionate and well-travelled team who understand the importance of getting to know you. We work with the best teams on the ground globally to provide the most incredible travel experiences, and understand the importance of getting the little, as well as the big, things right.  Furthermore, our contacts enable us to offer many VIP upgrades and perks.

We’re dedicated to creating your dream holiday, and our complimentary pre-arrival concierge is there to support you in ensuring you make the most of your trip.

Wherever and however you’re looking to travel in the world – beach or bush, city or wilderness, active or R&R - give Oxford Private Travel a call.