Penny was literally born into the hospitality industry with parents who owned many country hotels in KZN. While studying at university she spent 6 months as a Foreign Language Exchange Student working at hotels in Germany while improving her German. After completing her BA (English & Drama) at UKZN Penny worked at a hotel in the Drakensberg supposedly for the December holiday only, however, much to the dismay of her mother ended up working there for 2 years before moving to the coast to assist in the opening of Breakers Resort in Umhlanga Rocks. It was while working at The Breakers that she was approached by an IT company to head up their training & installations division for Hospitality IT Systems. She gained invaluable experience in all areas of Hospitality Systems and eventually went on to found her own very successful IT company. After 33 stressful years in the IT industry Penny decided to take a sabbatical which led to a complete career change when she joined Isibindi Africa Lodges as Marketing Manager in 2013.