Our Team

Mary Smith
Managing Director

Mary, our founder and Managing Director of Aurora has a passion for adventure and for changing the world. Mary has spent the last 11 years in the adventure delivery and events management field leading treks across the world and designing and delivering logistics associated with all types of events. She has spent the last 6 years solely in the charity events and adventure management space. She is committed to assisting charities, not for profits, organisations and individuals transform into the very best they can be.

Amanda Arrowsmith
Operations Manager

Amanda is passionate about motivating people by challenging their thinking and testing their comfort zone. The most exciting part about working at Aurora for Amanda is being able to change the lives of the individuals taking part in our adventures or events whilst adding to the sustainability of the charities supported by the challenges and activities. With a background in event management and business process improvement, Amanda loves taking away the pain points of managing logistics for you and leave you free to do what you love.

Shannon D’Souza
Administration Assistant

As a graduating Business Management/Arts student, Shannon has particular interest in international business, corporate social responsibility and travel! Supporting the team at Aurora Adventures allows Shan to combine her skills in event logistics with her passion for social justice!

Kim Ashby
Finance Manager

Kim has an extensive history in office management, customer service, marketing, bookkeeping and detail delivery. Growing up in the great outdoors hailing form the Northern Territory Kim loves adventure and getting out and about with friends and her lovely family.

Trek Leaders & Medical Support Staff

Matt Boyd
Trek Leader / Remote Area Medic

Matt has over 25 years in the health industry completing his registered nurse training and then midwifery and mental health endorsements. ‘Boydy’ spent the first five years of his nursing career travelling the countryside spending time from the tip of Australia to the outback of Charleville. Settling in Toowoomba he has spent 15 years as the Nurse Unit Manager of a regional Emergency Department and the past 3 years as the Director of Nursing. Boydy fell in love with the adventure trekking industry after being exposed to it on his first Kokoda back in 2007 and since then has walked this amazing track 11 times, Black Cat, Great Wall of China and Parliament House to Mt Kosciusko supporting various charities.
He loves the challenge of assisting others who may be outside of their comfort zone during a trek and then experiencing their sense of achievement at the end when they realise what they have accomplished.

John Chad
Trek Leader / Remote Area Medic

Sharing an adventure in the wilderness environment remains one of the motivators for John working as a guide. He enjoys travelling through unique environments combined with crossing paths with people from different walks of life, those that he would otherwise never meet. John revels in sharing amazing views and moments with clients while helping them realise their goals in the adventure world. He enjoys the simplicity that comes from being amongst the mountains and the lessons that can be learned from the environment. “It gives me great pleasure in having the opportunity to coach and support people to realise that they are capable of much more than they think or believe is possible” In addition to guiding, John enjoys furthering his education and is currently studying a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) along with various adventure qualifications. When not guiding you will still find John in the outdoors, practicing, training and exploring with his trusty dog companion.

Dr Luke Nottingham
Trek Leader / Remote Area Doctor

As a helicopter rescue doctor with international experience in emergency medicine, anaesthetics and intensive care, Luke hopes to use none of it during the expeditions. Despite the profession, he is still an avid trekker, scuba diver and motorbike rider. Life doesn’t get much better than a camp fire, stars and cold beer.

Dr Tom Solano
Trek Leader / Remote Area Doctor

When not performing plastic surgery for the stars ‘Dr Hollywood’ is at his most content with a hiking bag on strolling through the wilderness. Since completing his MBBS in 2012 and AWLS in 2014 he has been the trek doctor on several expeditions from PNG, Nepal and Iceland and is excited to be involved with some of the amazing upcoming adventures with Aurora!

Anthony Wollaston
Trek Leader / Remote Area Medic

Ant has been working in the health arena as a nurse for nearly 25 years with much of that time spent providing emergency care. He really enjoys looking after trekkers in challenging environments and helping them be successful in achieving their goals. He also makes a mean beef jerky which is occasionally shared with others.

Andy See
Trek Leader / Remote Area Medic

An experienced emergency nurse of 17 years with the last five as a Nurse Practitioner.  Vegas, as we like to call him, has worked and lived in rural communities as a sole practitioner.  Having camped, canoed and hiked most of his life he joined the Aurora team in 2015 and is looking forward to supporting future trekkers on their journey.

Tyson Muir
Trek Leader / Remote Area Medic

After spending 10 years in the army as a combat engineer, Tyson’s developed a thirst for adventure and desire to make a difference.

This led him to  studying Paramedical science. This desire has taken him from the summit of Kilimanjaro to the jungles of Papua New Guinea and loads of places in between.

Tyson’s experience has made him very passionate about helping those less fortunate and he loves pushing himself to the physical and mental limit in the process.

Wade Adams
Trek Leader / Adventure Photographer

Growing up on the Central Queensland Coast, Wade spent his time camping, hiking, kayaking and surfing with his family on the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding bushlands. Wade’s wanderlust has now taken him to nearly 40 countries; working on remote islands in Papua New Guinea, snowboarding in Bulgaria, whitewater rafting in Slovenia, trekking into remote jungles in Borneo, surfing in Morocco, and always with a camera or two in his pack. Every year now, with camera gear in tow, Wade joins us on the MIC Kokoda Trip as a guide / photographer and captures the moments we never want to forget.

Lisa Coates
Trek Leader / Pre-Adventure Trainer

Lisa has a strong interest in health and education with a background as a teacher and dietician. Her long time love of sport saw her representing Australia in rowing in the 80’s. Lisa’s passion for travel and adventure usually involves trekking to an amazing destination in Australia or somewhere around the globe and has gained her experience over the last 5 years training and programming for trekkers as well as guiding treks in Australia and around the world.

Glenn Preston
Trek Leader / Remote Area Medic

A qualified Paramedic with nearly 20 years experience in rural Queensland communities. Presto, as we call him, has a long love of endurance fitness and has organised, or participated in, multi-day adventures for the past 6 years. He is also an amateur photographer and casual botanist. Presto’s wealth of emergency medical experience makes him a welcome addition to the Aurora Family and a well loved trek medic.