Meet the team

We have a dedicated family run team based in the UK and superb delivery “in destination” is guaranteed by our hand picked local experts.


Steve Relf co-founder

From 2001 to June 2018 Steve was Managing Director of Ellison Roberts Tours specialising in tailor-made holidays to India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and beyond. He brings that experience to Red Panda Travel as well as a passion for discovering the new and unusual. When not up a mountain or deep in the forest he is passionate         about cricket, wildlife, good food and the odd glass of wine.


Penny Relf co-founder

Penny brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Red Panda. As well as having traveled extensively throughout the sub-continent she is passionate about flora and fauna and is actively involved with the RSPB, Butterfly Conservation and other wildlife and conservation groups.

 


Liz Relf – Director

Liz has a degree in Illustration and a methodical mind and is responsible for editing our vast image library and organising logistical support. She enjoys “making the trains run on time” and is also passionate about cats, both large and small, food and beverages.

 


Sarah Relf – Director

Sarah has a degree in Art and Textile Design from Norwich School of Art and is responsible for design and media. She is passionate about clothes, fashion and textiles and also has a keen interest in photography, food and drink.

 


Mona Kapoor

Mona is our “in destination” textiles, art and cuisine expert with over 20 years experience working for many of the major Indian destination management companies. She has a keen eye for detail and will ensure that everything runs like clockwork.


Nilesh Shaw

Universally known as the “nice guy” we have worked with Nilesh for approaching 20 years. He knows everyone and everything you need for perfect delivery of your dream tour. Here he is receiving the Indian National Tourism award for best inbound management company.

 


Amrik Singh

Our “in destination” expert on wildlife tour logistics.

We have worked and traveled with Amrik for many years now and his attention to detail is unsurpassed.

 


Biju Thankhappen

Biju T is known as “the silent one “. He is a master fixer and always has a smile on his face.

His motto is ” I am happy in my work and work to be happy! ”

 


Srinath P

Srinath is in charge of the day to day handling of your trip and your first point of contact should you need any assistance.

 

 


Ranndeep Singh

Ranndeep Singh our local expert in Shimla and all things Himachal Pradesh.

Ranndeep will also be organising our small group motorcycle tours.

 

 


Milan Bajracharya

Milan takes care of all your travel   arrangements in Nepal. He is a young man with endless energy and enthusiasm for his job and a great love of his country.

 

 


Ramesh Chaudhary

Ramesh is the top bird and wildlife guide in Nepal and oversees and accompanies all our wildlife itineraries in this wonderful country. Whether it’s rhino in Chitwan, tigers in Bardia, birds in Koshi Tappu or red panda in Ilam he will show you them all.

 


Rich Baines and Norbu Bumthap

Rich Baines is a leading ecologist and birder who leads our joint group tours in Bhutan.

Norbu Bhumthap is the pre-eminent bird specialist and photographer in  Bhutan and organises all of our wildlife and cultural tours in that magical Himalayan kingdom.


Product testers

To enable us to offer itineraries to suit all ages we have two expert product testers.

Jean Relf (left) gives us a senior perspective whilst her great granddaughter Franki Reece advises on the younger end of the market.

 


Kevin Lycett

Artist, founder member of post punk art rockers The Mekons, and for us webmaster and social media marketing advisor.

Seen here at a favourite Greek taverna.