Our People

The point person for events at Lauderdale is Judy McNeill.  She is supported by Karen Jefferson, with Jean-Michel focusing on his day job and occasionally giving a hand with heavy lifting.

We are gradually putting together a number of specialists to support us, from celebrants to chefs, landscapers to musicians, photographers to carvers.  

Judy McNeill

Judy is well known in the local area for her sense of humour and attention to detail.  Never forgetting what is important in life, she will take your requirements to heart and do whatever is humanly possible to make your day here as good as it possibly can be. In her past she looked after a number of construction projects and contractors from Dunedin to Clyde still remember her with... > Read more

Karen Jefferson

In addition to handling the business management of Ahipara Luxury Travel, Karen will be running Lauderdale.  Trained in marketing, then spending some enjoyable years with publisher Dorling Kindersley in London and Moscow (as Managing Director), Karen has been focussed on the family since coming back to New Zealand.  As the children have grown, Karen has taken on more responsibility at... > Read more

Jean-Michel Jefferson

Jean-Michel Jefferson is the founder of Ahipara Luxury Travel.  Educated at various schools in North Africa and the Middle East, then Rugby School, and the universities of Exeter and Sheffield, Jean-Michel spent 9 years with Price Waterhouse as a Management Consultant and Aviation Strategist.  His last position was Director of Corporate Finance and Head of the Aviation Group in... > Read more