From left: Matt Turner, Jude Turner, Jo Turner, Graham 'Skroo' Turner (24 March 2017)
As the creator and managing director of Spicers Retreats, Jude Turner has capitalised on her country upbringing and considerable knowledge of the travel industry to deliver experiences of world class elegance, uncompromised luxury, unbridled adventure and sensitive interaction with the environment.
The portfolio has grown to nine luxury accommodation retreats, seven award-winning restaurants, four day spas, three cattle-breeding operations, an outdoor adventure park, a 60-hectare koala habitat and over 5000 hectares of nature refuges.
The Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre conservation project is a natural progression for the passionate environmentalist and lover of the outdoors who is committed to preserving Australia’s unique flora and fauna for future generations to enjoy.
Her common sense approach, influence, style and passion, has created something very special for those who visit Spicers Retreats.
She has worked hard to build the Spicers brand, creating a profitable and successful business showcasing great Australian experiences.
Graham “Skroo” Turner was raised on an apple orchard near the Queensland town of Stanthorpe and later trained as a veterinarian at the University of Queensland.
After graduating from university, Skroo worked as a vet in western Victoria before moving to London where he and a friend bought an ageing bus and entered the travel industry.
After an eventful start, that company, Top Deck Travel, grew quickly and its success cemented Skroo's future in the travel industry. Top Deck Travel had grown into a thriving business with some 80 buses by the early 1980s, when he and Jude returned to Australia.
Skroo’s initial involvement with Top Deck ended in the mid-1980s, when he and his colleagues sold the business to management and devoted their full attention to Flight Centre, a business that had less than 30 shops at that time.
As the long serving chief executive officer and managing director of the public company that grew from the small band of Flight Centre shops, Skroo has since presided over a golden era of growth and prosperity for Flight Centre Travel Group Limited.
Skroo’s hobbies include mountain biking and marathon running. He is also a keen environmentalist.
Physiotherapist and now business entrepreneur Matt Turner is passionate about changing lives and taking customers along for the ride.
As managing director of 99 Bikes, he has grown the business from humble beginnings opening a small shop in the Brisbane suburb of Milton in 2007 to a major network of bicycle stores all over Australia, as well as a thriving online store.
Matt is committed to doing what he can to make the world a better place. His business has partnered with the Bikes 4 Life charity to donate used bicycles to disadvantaged communities in Australia and overseas which are being used to access food, water, medical treatment and education.
Through his love of cycling and enjoyment of the great outdoors he has developed a keen awareness of the importance of preserving Australia’s unique natural environments.
A leading fashion designer with her family’s distinctive entrepreneurial flare, Jo Turner has a love of adventure and the environment matched only by her will to succeed.
She has climbed the mountain in more ways than one by building a successful career in the fashion industry most recently with London-based LNDR, and trekking to Everest base camp as a keen outdoors enthusiast.
A team player with a proven track record in turning innovative ideas into successful business outcomes, Jo believes that a love and respect for the natural environment is something that will never go out of fashion.
Through her role in the foundation, she is committed to preserving the Scenic Rim’s significant natural and cultural resources for future generations.