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Meet the Soulful Concepts Team

Meet the Team

We are avid philanthropists, global explorers, travel experts and environmental conservationists, who believe that travel helps life be lived to its fullest. For us, every trip is an opportunity to connect, grow and learn. We created Soulful Concepts to enable people to travel responsibly and give back to the communities and places they visit.

Belinda Shillcock

Co-Founder

Belinda is a travel enthusiast who has 15 years of travel industry and NFP experience. Her passion for travel is closely linked to her vision for global equality and so she has focused on making her career a cross-pollination between the two industries.

 

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Belinda is most at home in Asia. She continues to finds herself drawn back to the vibrant flavours of the East, which she first experienced in Vietnam and Cambodia in 2000. Since then she has called Vietnam, Laos and Thailand home, and has watched each of these unique countries develop and evolve over years. Her travel philosophy is that there are always new hidden gems to explore and interesting people to meet!

Fun facts

Favourite country: Cambodia

Favourite food/cuisine: Vietnamese, especially a noodle soup called “Pho”

Favourite Travel quote:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.” –Mark Twain

Best travel experience: Spending a month looking after ocelots, giant baby anteaters, pumas, monkeys, wild pigs and much more as a volunteer at an animal refuge in rugged Bolivia.

Kristen Briggs

-Co-Founder & Managing Director 

Kristen is a passionate philanthropist who loves to explore and discover new places. Originally from Ulladulla, along the NSW south coast, she has spent her time travelling to some of the world’s most remote destinations, including the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the dense jungles of Central and South America, and the blue depths of many oceans.

 

She believes travel fuels the soul and opens your eyes to what is important. This is a philosophy she has applied to her fundraising work, having raised over $150,000 for a number of charities in support of causes that are close to her heart. Her travel philosophy is that every new experience allows you to grow, learn and ultimately appreciate the simple things in life.

Fun facts

Favourite country: Guatemala

Favourite food/cuisine: Japanese and cheese!

Favourite quote: We must accept infinite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Best travel experience: Diving with the whale sharks in the Philippines.

Amanda Howle

-Fundraising & Partnerships Manager 

After her first charity challenge in 1999, Amanda was hooked. Amanda has since trekked the Inca Trail, Mt Kilimanjaro and the Great Wall of China.

 

Born in Wales, Amanda started her career in the fast-paced world of corporate London before moving to Australia in 2003. With almost 10 years’ experience in the NFP sector, she recruits and motivates supporters to push their limits and raise money for charities close to their heart.

 

Since 2010, Amanda’s work helped raise over $1 Million, twice climbing Kilimanjaro herself, alongside other fundraisers, passionate about protecting human rights.

 

Amanda believes that if you’ve ever fancied running a marathon or climbing a mountain– you must do it for charity. We don’t have to be Bill Gates to change the world. There is no better motivation to keep you going than knowing you are making a real difference in the lives of others.

Fun facts

Favourite country: Wales

Favourite food/cuisine: Homemade, Panfried Gnocchi

Favourite quote: Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t; you’re right – Henry Ford.

Best travel experience: Cycling through Cambodia’s back streets, knowing a hot, tasty, traditional cooked meal was just around the corner.

Leilani Franklin-Apted

-Chief Content Creator

Born in the states to a Californian-hippy mom and an islander-Fijian dad, Leilani has lived overseas in Asia since the age of 7. She is your quintessential TCK (that’s Third Culture Kid in plain-speak) and multiculturalism has always played a big part in her sense of self. Leilani has called Thailand home for the past 16 years where she has indulged her love of art and design, first as a Bangkok-based fashion and textile designer and then as a freelance teaching-artist and writer.

 

The vibrant colours and energy of Asia has been key in cultivating her sense of aesthetics and all her time on the road has helped her develop a voracious appetite for reading and good storytelling. She has had a life-long fascination with creating stories that move, whether it is through colour, pattern, or the written word. She aims to bring all this to all her work for Soulful Concepts, where she provides written content.

Fun Facts 

Favourite country: Thailand

Favourite food/cuisine: Japanese and a Thai wingbean salad called “Yam Thua Plu”

Favourite Travel quote:“Traveling- it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”- Ibn Battuta”

Best travel experience: Walking over 800km across beautiful northern Spain along the Camino De Santiago

Michelle Luehman

-Local Destination Expert 

Michelle has called Luang Prabang home since 2013.  She brings to the Soulful Concepts’ team 18 years of holistic experience as a practitioner; exploring different options, practices and techniques. As well as having the great honour of working with some of the best in the business, and 4 years with ‘the mother’. Michelle builds from Buddhist, Hindu and new age techniques which she has melded from different learnings into her own delivery techniques.

 

Michelle’s practices include a combination of meditation, energy healing and laws of attraction. She works intensely with people to bring about change, an opening of the mind or simply relaxation. She is completely in love with what she does; bringing relief, joy and contentment to people.

Fun facts

Favourite country: Nepal

Favourite food/cuisine: Moreton Bay Bugs

Favourite quote: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart” – Unknown

Best travel experience: Spending 21 days trekking through the Himalayas to Annapurna Base camp. 

Emma Lovell 

-Fundraising & Adventure Specialist 

Emma is a true traveller at heart. Since she was 18, she’s been seeking out new and wondrous destinations around the world. Now at 30, with almost 50 countries under her belt, she loves sharing her knowledge with fellow adventurers. She’s been working in the charity challenge sector for five years and loves travel with a purpose. Emma has  raised more than $20,000 personally for charities and has helped hundreds of others raise many thousands more. Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro was one of her greatest personal achievements. She’s also been a tour manager for cycles  across Cambodia and Vietnam and treks through Bhutan and and Nepal.

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Fun Facts 

Favourite country: India 

Favourite food/cuisine: Mexican 

Favourite quote: “Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say ‘Why not?’ – R. F. Kennedy

Best travel experience:Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, the largest freestanding mountain in the world, Tanzania. My first true adventure.

 

Lyndsay Anderson

-Local Destination Expert

One of Lyndsay’s core beliefs is that the world would simply not turn without joy, play and discovery. She believes that in order to truly heal the world we must first heal ourselves, and has aligned her life’s calling to help individuals heal through health education, yoga, writing and creative collaboration.

 

In addition to her work in health, she is a yoga teacher, speaker, writer and avid adventurer. With a Masters Degree in Social Justice, she uses her passion for people and her knowledge of health to help others make the connection between thriving personally and their ability to serve in their highest purpose.

Fun facts

Favourite country: Australia

Favourite food/cuisine: Bananas and papayas

Favourite quote: “Go with the choice that feels like freedom

Best travel experience: That feeling I got when I first travelled to a developing country. Sitting on that bus with no understanding of my surroundings and no real destination, is the moment I came to understand that no matter how different we all may be, we come from the same place. Thank you, Cambodia, for helping me re-member.

Zach Morton

Graphic Designer 

Zach is an avid world traveller and passionate designer who has always been drawn to explore the world outside of his immediate surroundings. He had firsthand experience of the life changing power of travel when his passion for graphic design was ignited by the amazing art scene he experienced on a working holiday across the UK. This exposure lead him to undertake studies in the field of Graphic Design, in Australia, and pursue a career as a designer.

 

Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, Zach now lives in Sydney, Australia. He continues to be lead by a desire to see the world around him and find exciting ways to combine his love of travel with design.

 

Fun facts

Favourite country: Canada

Favourite food/cuisine: Mexican

Favourite Travel quote:

“Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened” – Unknown

Best travel experience: Walking the Camino de Santiago across Spain