Our Team

Cathie Rice

(Co-Owner/Senior Consultant/Master Cruise Consultant)

Cathie, who has now notched up over 50 years in the travel industry! Has a wealth of knowledge and experience in every aspect of travel.

In the last 15 years, Cathie has been concentrating on exclusive fully escorted tours and cruises. From South Africa, Croatia, France, Italy, Vietnam and cruising south-east Asia, Cathie has travelled to some of the most amazing destinations in the world.

Cathie has also escorted a group on the luxury small ship, Silversea “Silver Whisper”, cruising the Baltic Sea to beautiful northern European countries including Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Russia, Poland, Sweden and Denmark. Cathie was so delighted by Silversea’s magnificent small ship and five star luxury service, she decided to combine our annual private Insight Vacation’s luxury coach tour of the Canadian Rockies with the Silversea “Silver Shadow” Alaska Inside Passage cruise which our clients have thoroughly enjoyed for the last two tours.

Don’t forget to also contact Cathie to find out all there is to know about Croatia, Cathie and Len have travelled there many times and are experts!

Crandon Keddie

(Co-Owner/Manager/Senior Consultant/Master Cruise Consultant)

Crandon our resident Premiership football coach and now assistant boxing coach has worked in the travel industry since 1987, and is a co-owner and the office manager at Cathie Rice Travel.

Crandon has travelled extensively over the years visiting places that include: Antarctica, Cambodia, Vietnam, USA, Buenos Aires, UK/Europe, Africa, and has skied in Australia and New Zealand

Crandon has been a Top 20 Gold Achiever in Western Australian for Qantas Holidays International from 2006 right through to 2014 and also won “Owner/ Manager of the Year in 2011 at the Travelworld Awards”.

Adventure and expedition travel is something that Crandon really enjoys; he has  escorted two small group trips to Antarctica with a third planned for February 2018 and has also escorted an amazing trip to the Arctic and Norway which included a Polar Bear Safari, the next small group tour Crandon has put together is for the Galapagos Islands and Peru for April 2017 which also includes the famous Machu Picchu, contact Crandon for all the information upon his return towards the end of April!

Steve Dillon

(Sales Manager/Consultant)

Steve has been part of the team for nine years and is our resident “mad Cyclist” who you could see racing around the streets in our Cathie Rice Travel cycling kit!

Steve has traveled to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia,Phuket and has also cruised on the Athena, P & O’s Pacific Sun and has also traveled to the Magical Bay of Islands in New Zealand along with Bali and Dubai. He has also travelled to most of the major cities here in Australia so if you have any queries regarding domestic travel feel free to drop him a line!

Steve has also visited China and was able to visit the Panda Wildlife Park in Chengdu, the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, with the highlight being able to climb the Great Wall in Beijing!!He has also travelled to the USA and visited New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, his favourite city on this trip was New York and he was able to be “a big Kid” at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Steve’s most recent trip was taking a small group to Spain and Portugal in April/May 16, everyone on the tour had a fantastic time enjoying the sights, fantastic meals and wines…Contact him now for the first hand knowledge on Portugal and Spain!

Misha Treasure

(Cruise Centre Manager/Consultant)

I am in my 9th year at Cathie Rice Travel and during my time here, I have travelled to many amazing destinations. One of my favourite holidays would have to be South America, visiting Peru’s Inca city “Machu Picchu” and exploring beautiful villages well off the beaten track.  In November 2016 i was lucky enough to be able to cruise on the Magnificent Ovation of the Seas! Contact Misha for all things cruising!

Camilla Owen

(Senior Consultant)

With over 25 years’ experience in the Travel Industry,  Camilla is a highly experienced Travel Consultant. During this time she has worked in a variety of sectors including the Airline Industry, Airport Check In,  Retail and Corporate sales.

During my 10 years with Cathie Rice Travel, I have been blessed to experience a number of vastly different destinations and adventures. From cruising the rivers of Europe, to cruising the Mekong in Vietnam.  From the bright lights of New York and the fabulous East Coast of USA to Europe in the middle of the Winter Market season. Most recently I spent quality time with family on the North Island of New Zealand.  I would love to share some of my travel experiences with you.

Camilla’s dream holiday would be to visit either Machu Picchu, Peru or the Camino de Santiago, Spain.

 Brittany Gellard

(Senior Consultant)

I have been with Cathie Rice Travel for 8 years and have had many amazing travel experiences in that time. My favourite destination is the beautiful islands of Croatia – the local food, wine, stunning beaches and buzzing atmosphere make it a place I hope to visit again in the future. When I travel I love to get the most out of every day! I find guided holidays are a great way to do this and have had fantastic experiences with Trafalgar, Contiki and Insight Vacations.

Jessica Hill

(Cruise Centre Support/Consultant)

I have been at Cathie Rice Travel since 2011 and have travelled throughout Australia, south east Asia, cruised the beautiful South Pacific on “Carnival Legend” and lastly cruised on “Astor” out of Fremantle. I recently travelled to New Zealand and experienced snow for the first time which was amazing!  I also love my short getaways to Bali so contact me if you need any first hand tips for Bali!

Holly Bilecki

(Travel Consultant)

I have worked for Cathie Rice Travel for three and a half years. In this time I have had the opportunity to travel on both personal holidays and work related trips, increasing my knowledge base to better assist clients with planning their holidays. I have travelled within Australia, most recently to Melbourne and Broome on work educational trips. In the past two years I have also travelled on personal trips to the USA, Singapore, Bali and have just returned from Europe for the first time having done my first Contiki which I would highly recommend. The highlight of my most recent trip was the beautiful views of Lucerne from atop Mt Rigi in Switzerland and the beautiful city of Florence in Italy.

 Andrea Thomas

(Groups Co-Ordinator)

Andrea is our groups co-ordinator, She has travelled extensively through-out the world and has recently discovered the joys of cruising. What a perfect way to take a relaxing holiday!

Andrea helps to put together our Escorted Tours, and can offer advice and make reservations for passengers who wish to extend their tour.

Her favourite destinations are the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Canada and the breathtaking Fjords of Norway. She dreams of one day travelling to Gallipoli for the Anzac Day service.

Beverley Dillon

(Administration Executive / Group Escort)

Beverley has worked for Cathie Rice Travelworld for 12 Years. She has escorted many of the tours that are exclusive to Cathie Rice to many destinations through-out the world. Some of which have been Canada/Alaska, Vietnam, Norfolk Island, A cycling tour of France and the most recent the popular Luxury Europe River Cruise.

Beverley’s favourite destination is Tuscany in Italy as she has a cousin who lives in Lucca and she loves to visit. Her dream holiday would be to stay in a villa in Italy for a couple of months she would also love to experience a White Christmas.

Len Pasalich

(Tour Escort)

Len has joined Cathie on numerous escorted holidays and has made many wonderful friends along the way.  He is on the road to recovery, and is looking forward to joining Cathie and our small group on the boutique riverboat “Louisiane” on the ‘Rhythms of the Deep South’ Mississippi cruise in October.

 Siobhan Bayliss

(Administration Executive)

Siobhan Bayliss is one of our administration and client processing staff. Siobhan has worked in the travel industry for many years with 2 years in Tourism, 6 years with Ansett and then 4 years with Qantas so you can feel confident when speaking with Siobhan about your plans and she is more than happy to share her knowledge with you.

Siobhan has travelled extensively throughout Australia and across the world with some of the other destinations being UK, Hawaii, Hong Kong and Hamilton Island. Siobhan has been the most impressed with Hamilton Island and would recommend this as a great getaway. Her dream holiday would be to Italy and the Maldives.

Carolyn Cousins

(Reception)

Carolyn joined our administration staff in May 2013. Carolyn grew up in Carnamah, a small country town before shifting to Bunbury with her family in 1998.  Previously working at Bank West for 10 years and 13 years with the Commonwealth Bank Bunbury she has had a lengthy finance industry background with extensive customer service experience.

In 2016 Carolyn had a great trip touring Britain and Ireland with Insight Vacations and then cruising the Mediterranean on the MSC ship “Fantasia”.

Carolyn’s favourite saying is – Travel is the only thing that you buy that makes your life richer!

Michelle Patane-Dillon

(Reception)

Michelle has been with the team for just over one year.  She has over 20 years of customer service experience having previously worked in the retail industry, Michelle also assisted Steve on last year’s Spain and Portugal escorted tour, she enjoys greeting our clients when they arrive in our office and can’t wait to hear about where they are travelling to next!

 Janell Broadbent

(Collie Manager/Senior Consultant)

Janell has been in the travel industry for 16 years and  is the Manager of Cathie Rice Travel’s Collie store.  Her two favourite destinations are Mauritius for the beaches and relaxing atmosphere, and Vietnam, where she visited the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels and Hoi An with the ancient town which the only mode of transport is a bicycle! her most recent holiday was to Melbourne for the Spring Racing Carnival to experience the thrills of the Melbourne Cup and culinary delights of the restaurant scene!  One of her favourite things is planning your holiday and hearing about your experiences upon your return.

Mathew Hollis

(Travel Support)

Matt has been with at Cathie Rice Travel for two years and is in a travel support role assisting Janell in our Collie store and the team in Bunbury, some of his adventures include travelling to Italy, Morocco, Dubai, Bali and USA. He has also been lucky enough to travel to Christmas Island and was blown away by its untouched beauty and describes it as “Australia’s Galapagos”.  In 2016 he spent four weeks in Europe which he enjoyed suggests that everybody should do it in their life if they are given the opportunity. His dream destination is Japan and he hopes to travel there sooner rather than later.