Lorraine Elizabeth Brodrick was born in Hong Kong in 1972. A daughter to parents in the British Army, Lorraine spent the first ten years of her life in the Far East / Northern Ireland and the UK until she went to Boarding school in Surrey, just South of London, when she was 11 to complete her education in one place!  Her parents continued to travel and she went out to Germany & Cyprus in the school holidays and the thus her ‘Travel Bug’ was born! It was a natural progression then for her to further her studies in Tourism and she has worked in the Travel Industry her whole professional life.

Long term partner to Martin Cook, General Manager of Private Safaris Namibia, they met in London while both working at Kuoni Travel, Martin was her boss!! Martin is a staunch supporter of IWAN and is hugely supportive to Lorraine in her role as Secretary of IWAN - not just as supplier of office stationary and resources!

Lorraine and Martin moved to Namibia in May 2006 after looking for opportunities to further travel and are very happy in this environment, enjoying the opportunity to explore Namibia and surrounding countries thoroughly in the name of research for Private Safaris!Lorraine previously lived in Vienna, Austria for 2 years and in 2006 was lucky enough to be able to take a year off work to backpack from ‘pole – to – pole’, The Antarctic to Arctic Circle via South / Central and North America which she describes as ‘the most amazing experience of her life’. She and Martin take every opportunity to explore this fantastic world we live in as often as possible…

Excited by the move to Namibia but a little unsure of what she was going to do whilst here, she was lucky enough to meet Alain (Sonia’s husband) on site at the Etosha Safari lodge who told her that his wife ‘sat around and drank a lot of coffee on Tuesdays with a bunch of other women’ and that she should talk to her ! Sonia introduced her to IWAN and Lorraine was appointed Secretary at her first coffee morning !!

Lorraine really enjoys the organization and has thrown herself into it wholeheartedly! Her biggest achievement this year was finishing the IWAN website of which we’re all very proud, but she has organized various events for us this year including the AGM, two Progressive dinners, Flower arranging evenings, Wine tasting , skittles, a Scatter Rally, a visit to Windhoek Fire Station, a fundraising brunch at Fresh & Wild and our end of year brunch at the Gourmet most recently, never mind organizing the coffee mornings rota and arranging visits to local venues such as the National Art Galley through the year. No wonder that she finds IWAN a full time job! She really appreciates the friendships she has made, the opportunities to learn new things that she never had time or inclination to do previously and the support that IWAN provides, and is looking forward to organizing more fun things to do in 2010.