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Meet the team

Chris Browne

In Short: Better business through creativity

  • Owner Fox Browne Creative
  • Travel junkie
  • Winner of 2015 Gold Key Designer of the year
  • Hospitality Design Award - Winner 2015 Open Category
  • Winner of We Are Africa Innovation Awards – Design Africa 2015
  • Short listed for the We are Africa, innovation awards - Design Africa 2016
  • Voted one of the top 50 hotel designers in the world by Andrew Martin for 3 years running
  • Work featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decoration (French and UK), House and Garden and more
  • Ranked as best Small Hotel Designer in the world by Travel & Leisure magazine
  • Creative Director- &Beyond Travel-  created the aesthetic of the &Beyond Brand across all guest touch points for 15 years – from 1996 to 2010
  • Part of the team that built the company from 4 lodges to 40 lodges during that time.
  • Designed and opened 50 lodges across Africa and India during those 15 years
  • Discovered, sourced and explored India to create 4 exquisite jungle lodges
  • Managed branding, collateral design, interior design and architectural briefs
  • Worked in 9 countries across Africa, India, UK, USA, Latin and South America and Middle East
  • I always maintain a sense of humour in my design

Debra Fox

In Short: Bridging the gap between operations and design

  • Owner Fox Browne Creative
  • Veteran Hotelier/ Service crazy!
  • Winner of 2015 Gold Key Designer of the year
  • Hospitality Design Award - Winner 2015 Open Category
  • Winners of We are Africa Innovation awards 2015
  • Short listed for the We are Africa, innovation awards - Design Africa 2016
  • Built and operated Ngorongoro Crater Lodge – voted the best hotel in Africa for two years running and (2nd best hotel in the world) - Conde Nast Traveller 2004/5
  • Won various sustainability awards for the operating ethos of &Beyond whilst Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer for &Beyond 2000 - 2009 – largest experiential travel company in world
  • Operated 40 lodges, 8 ground handling offices, 7 countries, 2 continents, 2500 staff
  • Managed a successful commercial business responsible for the guest experience
  • Drove a guest centric culture across two continents and 2000 staff
  • Tested, cooked and documented 4000 recipes to deliver consistently good food across all the lodges.
  • International experience- worked in 7 countries across Africa, in India, Latin America, Middle East
  • 24 years at the coal face of operations
  • I am passionate about Guests and the staff who take care of them

Ashley van der Walt

In Short: Authenticity in design is key

  • Design Team Fox Browne Creative
  • Technical and Creative design
  • Since Joining fox Browne Creative I have been responsible for managing and delivering three full turn key projects – A private Bush Home in the Sabi Sands, a private Bush home in Dorabis, Namibia and a 50 Bedroomed Beach resort in Pemba Mozambique
  • Constant learning and exposure through travel and design shows, developing my love for all aspects of the design world; graphic design, product design, architectural design and landscape design.
  • Worked at Silvio Rech Lesley Carstens – Adventure Architecture 2011 – 2013 where I worked on numerous projects including Chinzombo Camp South Luangwa
  • I am passionate about Interior Design – I strive for both excellence and precision in all aspects of design.
  • My approach to design is holistic - no one object or project is considered in isolation, but rather as an integral part of the context in which it finds itself - through design I try to contribute to that context.
  • Exercise enthusiast and Nike Fanatic with notable organisational skills

Judy Peters

In Short:  Obstacles are opportunities

  • Office Coordinator for Fox Browne Creative
  • Project administration, installation and on site training
  • Worked as part of the installation teams for various FBC projects in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana.
  • Project coordinator and administrator for remote Private Bush Homes in the Fox Browne Creative portfolio
  • Much loved personal Chef and Au pair and assistant for 10 Years to the Fox Browne Family
  • I love travel and spent 2 years working and travelling in the US and spent time in Bangalore, India helping at orphanages.
  • I am hardworking and Flexible
  • Being flexible and adaptable in all situations has allowed me to grow over the last 10 years.

Lesley Fox

In Short: For the love of service

  • Project Manager and Operational Trainer for Fox Browne Creative
  • Deliver hands on -service training programs and implement operational systems.
  • Hosting of fun filled, service focused hospitality training courses across the continent
  • Developed retail and merchandising training for Taj Khazana, the retail division of Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces
  • Project managed the development of Angama Mara in Masaai Mara, Kenya.
  • Developed the hospitality and service strategy for MORE and responsible for training and implementation thereof over a 18 month period.
  • Set the Trading Store strategy for Wilderness Safaris, Botswana.
  •  From 2004 – 2011 I was the Operations Support Manager for &Beyond Travel delivering operational support, procurement and logistics for 46 lodges and managing 27 retail stores
  • Developed operating procedure manuals, into easy-to-use, "how-to" manuals, covering all the brand touch points and Project managed 15 of &Beyond's Lodge projects - budgeting, planning, time lines, overseeing building and final installation and training
  • In my previous life I was the Associate producer/Post production supervisor in the film and television industry for over 20 years.
  • I love training, developing, inspiring and motivating people to deliver World class service to guests
  • I am high energy and a great sense of fun

Natalie Mietz

In short: It’s all in the detail

  • General Manager for Fox Browne Creative
  • Responsible for the day to day running of the business and advising on sales and marketing plans for our clients.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, both internally and externally.
  • Responsible for the design of various travel show stands including &Beyond’s Stand at Indaba (one of Africa’s premier travel shows) which has repeatedly one best outdoor stand.
  • Co-ordination of various privately owned Bush Home design projects.
  • Responsible for the international launch of WHITE PEARL RESORTS as the Sales and Marketing manager. Developed all the collateral and branded touch points for the business - made it onto the 2011 Conde Naste traveller Hot List.
  • International Sales manager for &Beyond Travel, where I was directly involved in launching over 25 lodges hotels and lodges to the International Market place.
  • Held a number of key Sales & Marketing Management Roles in the Travel Industry
  • Represented clients and companies at all major travel shows across the globe
  • Having spent over 15 years in the Tourism & Hospitality Industry, I developed a love for beautiful places and spaces.
  • I am passionate about making a positive impact in everything I do.
  • I have great attention to detail!

Sandy Tsou

In Short: Fresh, Creative Innovative design solutions

  • Design Team Fox Browne Creative
  • Technical and Creative design
  • Since joining Fox Browne Creative I have worked on a number of projects, including being fully responsible for implementation and installation of the interior design for The Delight Hotel, Swakopmund Namibia.
  • Completed my Interior Design internship at PKA International Architects.
  • I was a finalist for PG Bison (2014), our brief was to redesign the modern extension of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa.
  • I’m an enthusiastic team player who is always ready to contribute whenever possible whilst still learning from those around me.
  • I have a passion for putting beautiful things together and have a love of travelling and discovering new and exciting places.

Stefania Magni

In Short: Quality and integrity in design matters

  • Design Team Fox Browne Creative
  • Project Coordinaton, product development and styling
  • Project Coordinator for the Interiors of Somalisa Camp,
  • Short listed for the We are Africa, innovation awards - Design Africa 2016
  • Coordinator for the interiors of White Pearl resorts Mozambique – including installation and commissioning
  • Previously Sales Assistant and Coordinator at La Grange Interiors.
  • Wedding Coordinator and Stylist for the The Forum Company
  • Co-owned and managed Velo, a coffee shop and gallery in Braamfontein. Johannesburg
  • Performed the Tenant Coordination role for Canal Walk in Cape Town for over 2 years.
  • I admire all forms and shapes, old or new, simple or ornate.
  • Gardening, plants and trees is a new love    
  • I never start the day without a strong coffee!
  • Being the youngest in a loud Italian family has taught me to talk loudly and often

Tessa Graham

In Short: A consistent brand experience is at the centre of every successful, authentic business.

  • Corporate General Manager for Fox Browne Creative
  • Has worked on three continents and many different countries in a variety of sectors
  • Worked as the Brand Director for Jamie Oliver building his business around the world for many years
  • She has collaborated with individuals including Lewis Pugh, Stella McCartney and Anna Trzebinski to build their “personal” brands
  • Have developed brands across multiple platforms including licensing, franchising, publishing and television
  • Is passionate about the role of social media and digital technology in building authentic, international brands
  • Works closely with third party agencies, clients and our internal team to deliver actionable marketing and business strategies. 
  • I love collaborating with the teams to create high quality, sustainable businesses that make a difference