Joanna was educated in the UK, attended Queen’s College London and has a BA from the Open University. She started in Alpine Ski Tourism in the UK in 1959 and this continued in various forms untill 1991.
Joanna was married to an Army officer who became a Diplomat and moved house 24 times in 26 years. This included living in the UK, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Germany and Sweden before moving to Australia.
She has four sons and nine grandchildren in the UK and Australia.
Mark was the founder of Hostels Australia which connected the best independent hostels throughout the country. He was previously a member of the Backpackers Operators Association NSW for 6 years and has been a member of BYTAP for the last two years.