Meet the team

Nicholas Sadleir

Nicholas Sadleir

Managing Director

Nick’s previous life was as a cricket and travel writer for over ten years. Often through combining these two favourite passions, he travelled non-stop and visited over 60 countries as he mastered the art of living on aeroplanes. As a result, Nick is the consummate travel expert. After finally realising there was no place better in the world than Cape Town, he settled down there and turned his time-consuming hobby to helping everyone else with their travel plans, into a vibrant business.

Nick has great joie de vivre and refined tastes but is also a master of what represents good value for money. He is also never shy to make the most of his extraordinary network and takes great pleasure in reciprocating accordingly by generously hosting everyone in South Africa.

“I’m fortunate to have a close network of influential friends around the globe and nowhere is that more significant than in South Africa’s ‘lifestyle economy’, when you book with us, you get a level of hospitality and access that other travel and concierge companies are simply incapable of offering.”

Olivia Burton Barbour

Olivia Burton Barbour

Chief Operating Officer

Olivia is an MBA graduate (University of Cape Town) and successful entrepreneur. She built up a marketing agency from a small start-up to market-leader with nationwide operations and sold out in 2017. A lover of spreadsheets, accounting, compliance and never making any mistakes, makes her a perfect foil for Nick, whose history is more on the adventurous side of traveling.

With a keen eye for detail and a passionate solutions-oriented approach, Olivia is a very competent COO.

“I might be the boss of the office but don’t get me wrong, my happy places are sipping wine in the Franschhoek vineyards or 4×4’ing around Namibia as the sun sets over the dunes – travel is the best investment money can buy!”

Ciara Francesconi

Ciara Francesconi

Luxury Travel Consultant

Ciara has achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication majoring in both Business Management and Communications. She simply lives for luxury travel and great food. Having visited more super-luxe safari lodges than most people have had budget holidays, she has an intimate knowledge of how safari experiences should be. Fine dining is certainly the way to Ciara’s heart so if you want to know about the Cape’s trendy restaurant scene, then she is your go-to contact. Ciara’s hard work ethic and youthful passion for Africa make her a Steadfast asset who was with the company from day one.

“I love helping people create their dream holidays & make memories to last a lifetime!”

Jana Montgomery

Jana Montgomery

Luxury Travel Consultant

Jana has travelled the world and lived and worked in fields as far as New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris, so she has an excellent ability to understand our clients from around the world and curate experiences to their needs and wants, with effortless style.

Jana says she always knew she would come back to live in Southern Africa: “It is just the most magical region in the world,” she says. “I have a passion for beautiful spaces and places and I always want to share my finds.”