About Us

Black Sheep was formed to encompass the knowledge and decades of experience gained from working with global travel corporations. Those years built Black Sheep’s foundation; in-depth, solid knowledge of the local and global industry, people and systems.

The team at Black Sheep Tourism have been hand picked. We are the best at our crafts, and we complement each other and perform brilliantly as a team.

Founder & Managing Director

“I have over 40 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry, joining American Express Travel in 1980, where I worked in a range of roles across foreign exchange, finance, marketing, supplier relations and strategy before becoming Regional Director for Travel & Alliances. I felt the need to develop our Black Sheep Tourism company, which provides a unique range of products and services that deliver real, measurable, results.” – Trish Shepherd

Trish joined American Express Travel in 1980, where she worked in a range of roles across foreign exchange, finance, marketing, supplier relations and strategy before becoming Regional Director for Travel & Alliances.

During that role, Trish worked closely with over 300 travel offices across the region and has since business coached 44 travel agencies in Australia and is currently mentoring her 8th mentee, as part of the TIME program.

Her collaborative and creative leadership in international business, combined with her sharp wit, honest, assertive and goal-driven approach, has seen her continually deliver results in challenging environments.

Trish’s unique and enthusiastic management style has earned her the well deserved reputation as an energetic, committed professional who is a passionate advocate for the travel and tourism industry.

Trish has studied management at Wollongong University in Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Head of Business Development

“I first met and worked with Nadja for almost 10 years during our time at American Express, way back in 1993. Having mentored her across different roles in Travel, we’ve re-connected to form a unique “Yin to my Yang” working relationship. Together we have created a same, same but different partnership where each of our skill sets and work experiences compliment to create Black Sheep Tourism.” – Trish Shepherd

Nadja‌ ‌is‌ ‌passionate‌ ‌about‌ ‌creating‌ ‌bespoke, ‌sales‌ ‌and‌ ‌marketing‌ ‌solutions‌ ‌for‌ ‌her‌ ‌clients.‌ ‌Her‌ ‌unique‌ ‌ability‌ ‌to‌ ‌”see‌ ‌outside‌ ‌the‌ ‌box”,‌ ‌push‌ ‌boundaries‌ ‌and‌ ‌challenge‌ ‌herself,‌ ‌has‌ ‌seen‌ ‌her‌ ‌apply‌ ‌her‌ ‌skills,‌ ‌knowledge‌ ‌and‌ ‌expertise‌ ‌across‌ ‌a‌ ‌varied‌ ‌range‌ ‌of‌ ‌industries. ‌

Her‌ ‌strength‌ ‌lies‌ ‌in‌ ‌building‌ ‌strong ‌business‌ -to‌ -business‌ ‌relationships,‌ ‌product‌ ‌development,‌ ‌strategic‌ ‌value‌ ‌propositions,‌ ‌sales‌ ‌management,‌ ‌marketing‌ ‌campaigns,‌ ‌creative‌ ‌direction,‌ ‌compliance‌ ‌management‌ ‌and‌ ‌operational‌ ‌systems.‌ ‌These‌ ‌attributes‌ ‌have‌ ‌led‌ ‌to‌ ‌management‌ ‌positions‌ ‌in‌ ‌travel,‌ ‌finance,‌ ‌mortgage,‌ ‌retail‌ ‌and‌ ‌publishing‌ ‌sectors.‌ ‌

Working with brands such as American Express, The Good Guys and Yellow Brick Road, her‌ ‌career‌ ‌has‌ ‌come‌ ‌full‌ ‌circle‌ ‌by‌ ‌returning‌ ‌her‌ ‌to‌ ‌her‌ ‌first‌ ‌love,‌ ‌tourism.‌ ‌ ‌

Jeff Eager

Commercial Director

Jeff Eager has been a part of the Australian Travel and Aviation landscape for almost 40 years. Jeff has a broad base of experience at senior management levels across Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

With over 20 years with Ansett Airlines in various roles, originally based in the Nation’s Capital and then at the iconic Swanston Street Headquarters in Melbourne. He then became VP Asia Pacific with American Express Global Business Travel in Melbourne and Sydney for 5 years, where he conducted high value business negotiations across the region.

Jeff then moved into Management Consultancy for several years with assignments including Tenders for Travel Management, Airlines, Payment Platforms and Online Booking Tools, through to Travel and Aviation Policy development.   With Australia’s largest specialised Aircraft Charter company, Adagold Aviation, Jeff negotiated and managed some of Australia’s largest charter contracts with all levels of Government and Defence, Corporations and High nett worth individuals, FIFO’s and VIPs.

Jeff was then Managing Director at a leading Aviation Consulting Company, ‘Avlaw Consulting’, one of only 5 worldwide BARS accredited safety audit companies, which also launched a start-up Drone advisory services company, ‘UAS International.

More recently, Jeff has been active in the commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drone) sector as a shareholder and Executive General Manager at Carbonix, one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of carbon fibre UAV’s.

Whilst Jeff is engaged in a number of ventures he is returning to where it all began, back within Travel and Tourism game as Commercial Director with BLACK SHEEP TOURISM. Helping industry icon – Trish Shepherd take unique products and services to market.

Data Analytics

“I first met Rick four years ago and was instantly impressed by his professionalism, incredible knowledge and work ethic. Having spent more than 30 years in the data analytics arena, he and his wife/business partner Michelle have built a strong network of clients and dedicated team, servicing the hospitality and tourism sector. Data is their business, and customer service is their passion. I am thrilled to have our products and services powered by the HMA team and platform.” – Trish Shepherd

As a partner in HMA for nearly four decades, Rick has helped key players in the hospitality industry learn more about their customers and craft focused, effective CRM and marketing programs that drive bottom-line revenue.

Rick has consulted with major industry players such as Apple Leisure Group on how to gain access and profile their customer base. He has spoken at numerous industry gatherings on business intelligence and knowing your customer and has been a featured speaker at the U.S. Superyacht Association’s annual and regional summits.

Public Relations Manager

“I’ve had the very great privilege of working with LJ for over 20 years now, across a number of companies and projects. She has a vast network of industry and government connections and is a very smart and savvy professional who over the years has risen to every challenge I have presented to her. LJ is fun to be around, and she brings great passion to all her projects. LJ and her dynamic young team are a great asset to our Black Sheep team.” – Trish Shepherd

LJ Loch is one of Asia-Pacific’s most influential reputation and profiling experts. She brings 20+ years’ experience in the travel, tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors as an advisor, strategist and journalist. She has worked with many of the biggest brands, names and agencies as well as industry associations and state and federal governments. She has a well deserved reputation for results with impact. She also does corporate strategy, government relations and a whole host more!

Debbie Taylor

Social Media &
Digital Media Marketing

“Having worked with Debbie for many years now across a number of clients from small startups through to large companies, I find her knowledge second to none. Backed by a team of hand-picked professionals, the Synchromesh team always find creative ways of achieving the results we are looking for. I admire their ‘old school’ customer service focus. They are a powerhouse in attention to detail and structured project management. A team of seasoned professionals with a raw and honest approach to business.” – Trish Shepherd

The Black Sheep partnership with Debbie and the team at Synchromesh Marketing is focussed on new lead generation techniques for Travel and Tourism clients. In a post-COVID world with smaller teams and reduced funds to support marketing campaigns, organisations with clean client databases will be in the best position to drive targeted marketing with real data via social posts and eDMs turning followers into customers.

Debbie heads up the team at Synchromesh, which was established in 1994 and plans, buys and executes medial campaigns across the full media spectrum. The Synchro team is comprised of many different talents, each having some expertise in different fields: Social, Digital, TV, Creative, Video and Production – providing maximum value for our clients.