Born and raised in England, Nigel first came to live in Spain in 1992, having finished his studies at the Universities of Nottingham and Cambridge. In 1997, he left his post as a history teacher in a prestigious British school returning to renew his enduring affair with Madrid. It wasn't however until the following year that the "& Beyond" was added when he set up the company, - Madrid & Beyond.
There are few areas of Spain that Nigel has not visited, and in a constant quest to offer clients private access to unique places, people and experiences, he travels as much as two small children at home permit him to!
Over the last few years, Nigel has also travelled in Asia, Africa, Central and South America and always practices what he preaches… by using local experts and the best guides possible. He ardently believes travel is all about PEOPLE… what really counts are the people you encounter, and the genuine experiences you share with them.
He’s happy to have recently become a single handicapper golfer, hence the icon!
Originally from Barcelona, Oscar moved to the island of Menorca as a teenager but has made Madrid his home since 2001.
Oscar started early in the world of tourism gaining experience and language skills with working stents in Germany, the UK, New Zealand and France. After moving to Madrid, Oscar met Madrid & Beyond founder, Nigel Hack, and so began a long professional relationship.
Oscar has profound knowledge of Spain and always manages to add something special to every itinerary. His experience and professionalism ensure successful but also fun trips. He is relentless in making sure everything goes just right, time and time again going the extra mile for his clients, even if it means long days in the office.
Oscar’s almost encyclopedia knowledge of cinema is second to none in Madrid, but when time allows it, whether alone or with his family, he loves pursuing his love of photography. We’re relying on him for many great new images for the web site!
With an Australian mother and Chilean father, Carla is another cosmopolitan member of the team. Although born and raised in Washington D.C., Carla started her career in New York City, where she worked for a non-profit agency assisting foreign students with Fulbright scholarships.
The first time she came to Spain was with her mom and sister in 1990. Fast forward 23 years and she has a Spanish husband, three young daughters and Madrid is now “home”. Over the years she´s traveled all over Spain, both with her family and also on many scouting missions for Madrid & Beyond which she joined in 2007. For every trip she arranges, she always seems to receive rave feedback - testament not just to her experience and knowledge but to the care and detail she injects into all her work.
When she has time, Carla dabbles in interior design. She loves seeking out beautiful pieces of furniture and finding the right space for them. Recently, she got to put her hobby into practice as she refurbished an old house in the center of Madrid, making the city home now more than ever!
Born and raised in Madrid. Clara moved to England in 1991 after having graduated in History of Art at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. In 1995, with a perfect English accent, she came back to her roots and worked as a guide, leading small groups from the USA on biking and hiking tours all over Spain & Portugal.
Inevitably, after living as a semi nomad for several years, she decided it was time to put her experience to a more organizational role, and for the last 12 years she has been part of our team at Madrid & Beyond.
We, and particularly our clients, are the grateful recipients of Clara's vast knowledge and experience of the Iberian Peninsular. She is undoubtedly one of the very best travel planners in Spain and takes such wonderful care of her clients.
She loves her bike. As well as exploring much of Spain in two wheels, she also goes well beyond the borders. Among her adventures she has cycled across the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean side, has crossed the Alps from Geneva to Menton, cycled all around Slovenia and each year takes on a new route. Recently, she’s pedaled from Budapest to Krakow, Turin to Tuscany, Basil to Rotterdam.
She has also travelled extensively throughout North America, Asia and North Africa.
Irene, the youngest member of our team, is a local girl and has always set her heart on working in travel. She studied tourism at the University Rey Juan Carlos I in Madrid and later took a Masters in tourism whilst she took up her first job in a travel company. She lived in Paris for a while and once armed with her second language returned to Madrid.
Highly organized with an incredible capacity for handling multiple trips at any one time, travelers can feel reassured in her hands. A careful eye and a maturity beyond her tender years ensure a wholly professional approach to her work day in, day out.
Irene transforms herself once away from the office… a huge music lover and a fabulous flamenco dancer, she makes time to dance every weekend. Yet, we are still waiting for invitations to see her perform in public!
When she escapes Madrid she often visits her family’s second home, a small village in the mountainous area of Avila.
Hazel was born on the island of Cebu before moving with her family, as a child, to an even bigger one called Australia. A ‘true blue’ she grew up enjoying the endless golden beaches of the mid north coast before moving to Sydney to study Art History and Philosophy.
A natural helper and organizer, Hazel found her niche as an executive assistant, working many years with the Dean of Economics and Business at the University of Sydney and during her time in London, for the Deputy Chairman of Lloyds and CEO of Hiscox.
Her love of Spain started with meeting her husband in Sydney. Since her move to Madrid in 2009, they have enjoyed countless travels across the country in their pop-top campervan, with their favorite haunt being the surf spot, Oyambre, on the beautiful Cantabrian coast. Yes, she’s a true Aussie surfer!
Since joining Madrid & Beyond, Hazel has quickly shown her talents and her incredibly conscientious approach always means happy travelers. Oh, and a special word of thanks from Nigel whom she helps out when his in-tray is overflowing!
Born in Venezuela, Mency grew up between Curacao, Venezuela and the USA. With both parents originally from Spain, she has always felt a strong connection to the country and its unique culture. She studied Business Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, and moved to Madrid in 2011 from Texas.
Mency probably clocks up more road and air miles than anyone else in the Madrid & Beyond team. She makes the most of every weekend and especially loves traveling to rural and mountainous areas.
When living in Texas she was an avid horse-rider a lot and, whenever she can, she saddles up in different areas of Spain. One of her favorite spots is the Parque Natural de las Hoces del Rio Duratón. An incredible canyon carved out by the river over thousands of years with giant vultures always circling above.
A wonderful addition to the team… Mency is a young lady with many talents; she even managed to win a trip to Australia after winning the Green Apple festival with a video about sustainability.
Born in Bilbao, northern Spain, as a little girl, Yolanda dreamt of adventures overseas, discovering new places and ways of life, and meeting people from different cultures. Following her Tourism Management university degree in Mallorca, she worked for an airline for a short time before moving to France and later the UK.
She embraced the opportunities and sense of freedom the UK gave her, and ended up staying there for 13 years, dividing her time between Bournemouth on the south coast and London. In the capital, she worked mostly in the finance, although also had a stint at Kuoni Global Travel Services.
She made the brave decision to leave it all behind, and went traveling for a year in Central and South America, including Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Argentina.
Before returning to Spain, she spent 3 months in Nepal on a yoga teachers training program. She gained more there ever intended... she returned to Spain with her future husband!
Yolanda works with great diligence and reliability, and is a warm, caring and thoroughly kind-hearted lady and a wonderful source of calm in the office and…. beyond!
Jesse was born in Philadelphia, raised in North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina. His passion to explore led him to New York City, and ultimately to a career in travel, although for a time it seemed that his love of music would steer him in another direction. Jesse still plays the guitar although the days of playing to packed concert halls are now behind him (artistic license by editor!).
Jesse's zeal for international travel and adventure has taken him all over the globe. He has spent time living in Tel Aviv and in 2013 years ago, spent several months traveling through Central America. Yet it’s the unique characters, colors and joy for life of Spain that has stolen a piece of his heart.
He has been working in experiential travel, focusing exclusively on Spain for nearly a decade now, and in that time he has got to know the country and culture extremely well. He has made a point of getting to know the best guides, experience specialists and hoteliers throughout the Peninsular. From his office in NY, he loves putting together trips for those yearning for a true Spanish experience. He is a “local” phone call away for US based travelers and travel advisors.
Feel free to call him anytime to start planning your Spanish journey!
Born and raised in Germany, Nadine left home at the tender age to spend a year in the USA, and since then her travels have rarely slowed down, as she continued to explore the world including North America, SE Asia, East Africa and much of Europe.
She focused her studies on Tourism Geography, Business Administration and Spanish and spent several stints in Mexico where she met her partner, and with him they moved to Madrid in 2012. She admits to falling in love with the Spanish culture and, after a time in Barcelona working for American Express, she decided to settle down in the capital. She travels throughout the Peninsular as much as time allows here.
Nadine is meticulous and takes great care of all her clients… and does so in a friendly cheerful manner. We’re delighted to have her on board. When not working or travelling, she is a crafty person: with her sewing machine Nadine creates cute things especially for children and spends time in the kitchen trying out new bakery recipes, which her colleagues are happy to taste!
Carolina’s childhood was spent between Salamanca and Tenerife, and is proud to say she won her first “salary” at the age of 12 when she won an Art prize for a painting that was exhibited in a Museum in Salamanca.
She went on to study not just at Arts School but also at the London School of Marketing…. Her education goes beyond diplomas and degrees; she learnt French whilst living in St Barts in the French West Indies, she speaks German fluently and taught Spanish whilst also working as a ski instructor in Switzerland.
She brings color and dynamism to Madrid & Beyond, and also invaluable experience from her time working for an inbound travel agency in Paris, specializing in tailor-made experiences. Never shy of hard work, but when she’s not making dreams come true for our clients, Carolina loves champagne and oysters and shopping from Australian websites! Like many of her colleagues, she is very health focused but enjoys life to the full. Her future goals are to learn Chinese, visit Asia and improve upon her surfing skills when she visits family and friends in Tenerife.
Raised between Siberia and Germany, Anna decided at the age of 18 to make her way to The Netherlands to gain independence and start a new adventure. Here she studied Tourism Management and embarked upon an exchange program and internship in Barcelona. The city, region and country cast their spell over her, and Anna came to realize that home was where the heart is, and she has remained in Spain ever since.
She has worked for important multinational companies in the travel industry, gaining invaluable knowledge, experience and expertise. Much of her energy and focus was for corporate events, but more in tune with her own outlook, she looked for a more specialist yet ambitious travel company, and Madrid & Beyond was ready to welcome her with open arms.
Anna is vivacious, fun-loving and has a thirst for life in all its forms. Describing herself as a chameleon (and a cat lover), she adapts to change easily and comfortably. It does help when you speak 4 languages fluently and communicate in 3 more! She loves sport and dancing and, whilst extremely professional with her work, there’s always a smile not far away.