Our Staff

JAMES AITKENManaging Director


Managing Director

James has been working in the travel industry for more than 25 years and he has owned and run several companies in the UK and Ireland including Mackenzie River Travel, Balmoral Travel, MacItalia and Cashel Travel since 2000. When not working he can be found salmon fishing in the Highlands or enjoying a pleasant glass of wine.




Marta's background is varied. She has worked as a teacher in Poland and attended university in Krakow. She joined Cashel Travel in 2003 initially in the accounts department and then was promoted steadily and finally became a director in 2010. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe and in South America on sales missions. Her role is to oversee the operations and quotations within Cashel Travel. She speaks Polish, English and Spanish. When not quoting groups she can be found studying architecture or taking long cycle rides.



General Manager

Tatiana has over 18 years experience in Travel Industry & specialises in Sales, Business Development for both leisure and business travel.  She posses a diverse and successful background in operations, project management and events coordination and speaks Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. She is passionate about customer services and always aims to exceed customers expectations.  After work Tatiana enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family, cooking new and exotic dishes & practising yogalates. 

ROSS CLARKOffice Manager


Office Manager

Ross has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years since graduating, attaining managerial positions broadening his range of skills. He is highly motivated and enthusiastic overseeing the smooth running of the office, ensuring that client expectations are met and providing support to fellow colleagues. Away from work, Ross enjoys travelling, playing football as well as spending time outdoors walking his two dogs, Chester and Marley.

MONIKA WOJCIKOperations Manager​


Operations Manager​

Originally from Poland, Monika found hospitality industry just by a chance during her university course in a completely different field. Over a decade later, having worked in several hotels and climbed the ladder from reception junior to revenue manager, she wanted to experience the other side of tourism and joined Cashel Travel in summer 2012. She is responsible for overseeing and supporting our group operations team.  When not in the office, she can be found playing with her son and two Maine Coon cats, tucked away in a sofa corner with a book or working on a new craft project.

MAYA HRISTOVAProduct & Business Dev Manager


Product & Business Dev Manager

Originally from Bulgaria, Maya first trained to be a nurse ..dramatic change of career. 15 years ago she came to visit friends in Edinburgh for a weekend and fell in love with the fairy tale city and has stayed ever since. After graduating from Stevenson College 10 years ago she entered the world of Tourism. As well as her native language and English, Maya also speaks Russian. When not working she loves to go exploring Edinburgh, the Highlands and finding hidden walks. She also likes ballroom dancing and shopping in her spare time.

YUVA ARUMUGAMContracts Manager UK & Ireland


Contracts Manager UK & Ireland

Originally from Singapore, Yuva has worked in the hospitality industry since his teens. Heavily involved in his father's restaurant business dealing with large events. Graduated from Shatec and has worked in 5 star hotels in Singapore. Moved to UK and has been working in the hospitality industry in both London and Edinburgh. Prior to coming to Cashel Travel, Yuva was working for Apex Hotels as their Regional Sales Manager dealing with consortia and GDS. His role also oversaw new and emerging markets like Russia and China. Currently, Yuva looks after the contracting side of things at Cashel.



MICE Manager

Originally from Milan, Giada has 17 years experience in the MICE industry. Her love of human connections and a desire for knowledge sent her worldwide as a tour leader to create a solid and concrete basis for a future travel managerial path. These characteristics have contributed greatly towards driving her career within the events areas of Sales, Planning and Operations up to 3000 delegates. Having lived in Austria, Australia and many parts of Italy for some years she fell in love with Scotland in 2013 and decided to leave everything and move here to start a new adventure. Her passions are travelling to remote areas in Asia, creating artistic connections in Edinburgh through private exhibitions, practicing yoga and writing.




Vibeke is from Norway, her love for travel and new ventures led her to Edinburgh in 2002 where she has now settled down with her family. She is an experienced Senior Project Manager with over 18 years of working in the travel & tourism industry. Skilled in Event Planning (she has managed an event of 800 guests), Management, Customer Service & Hospitality. She has a Bachelor degree in Travel, Tourism from Finnmark College in Norway & she is fluent in English, Norwegian, Swedish & Danish. Her passions are fitness & health, outdoor adventures with her family & socialising with friends.



Senior MICE Project Manager

Originally from the North of Italy, Gloria started her MICE career in Milan where she worked for 10 years. In 2016, she decided to embark on new adventures and to move to Scotland to join Cashel Travel. After a year she moved to London where she opened Cashel Travel's new office in late 2017. She has a passion for cooking and baking, an activity she does extensively during her spare time and she likes sharing with her colleagues (who are very supportive of her passion!) She is also an avid traveller and often goes for hikes in the British countryside at the weekend.



MICE Project Manager

Originally from France, Pierre arrived in London after graduating from a film school in Paris. He soon started working on the organisation of creative events such as theatre plays, music festivals, films festivals and more. After many years in the industry, he decided to look for a new challenge and started his career in MICE. He has a passion for showing travellers his adoptive country, and especially London, where he made his home. As often as he can he goes travelling around the UK and the world looking for inspiration and to discover new places. When not working or travelling, you will find him in museums, galleries, cinemas and theatres or practising boxing.



MICE Project Manager

Valentina comes from Milan where she has been working in the MICE Industry, specifically for International Congresses and Conferences, for over 10 years. In her last job, she was appointed as the main point of contact for the Asian and African market, where she developed her skills and passion to work with people from all over the globe. She moved to vibrant Scotland in 2017 and fell in love with the local culture, people and -of course- nature. She loves cooking, graphic design, dogs and driving to remote places with some good blues music as a soundtrack.

OLA OLESZAKPolish Speaking Market


Polish Speaking Market

Ola's full title is: Polish Speaking Market Business Development & Project Manager. Originally from Poland, Ola joined the Cashel Travel team in 2016. She brought in her hospitality experience as well as her bubbly personality and natural talent for establishing great relationships with clients and suppliers alike. Ola is a multitasker and does everything from group operations to foreign sales trips. In her spare time, Ola enjoys her newly discovered passion for yoga, enjoys walks in the countryside, baking and reading.