2018 IBM iX Everywoman in Travel Awards


General information



The 2018 IBM iX everywoman in Travel Awards took place on Wednesday 14 November 2018 at a ceremony held at East Wintergarden, London. Click here to discover who was announced as a winner and find out more about their career achievements. You can also see the amazing pictures which captured the event here.

Becoming a finalist is an excellent way to raise both individual and company profiles as well as celebrate career achievements and recognition within the industry. In addition to this, it will also help encourage more women and young girls to consider a career in the Travel industry. 

Want to get involved in 2019? Please use the below form to register your interest and be kept up to date with when nominations will open. For sponsorship opportunities please email events@everywoman.com.


When and where
14th November 2018
Start time: 
End time: 
East Wintergarden
43 Bank Street
E14 5NX London
United Kingdom

Nominations are now closed.

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This year's finalists are:

The 2018 IBM iX everywoman in Travel Awards category finalists are as follows:


One to Watch, sponsored by Tripadvisor 

Awarded to a young game-changer under the age of 21 in education or apprenticeship who demonstrates a passion for the travel industry.

Hannah Fairley,
Apprentice Travel Sales Consultant, Thomas Cook UK, from Edinburgh

Sydney Howard,
Apprentice Business Travel Consultant, Clarity, from Manchester

Emily Jones,
Trainee / nvq, Holidays By Design Cleethorpes, from Cleethorpes



Tomorrow’s Leader, sponsored by TTG Media

Awarded to a woman under 30 making a significant contribution to the sector.

Alice Hye,
Services Contracts Manager, AC Group, from West Wickham

Captain Kate McWilliams,
Airline Captain, easyJet, from Horsham

Jodie Pilgrim,
Head of Overseas Management, Party Hard Travel, from London


Entrepreneur, sponsored by Celebrity Cruises

Awarded to an owner/operator of a travel business that has been operating for three years or more whose vision will inspire other women to start their own enterprise.

Debbie Marshall,
Managing Director, Silver Travel Advisor, from London

Caroline Strachan,
Managing Partner, FESTIVE ROAD, from Tunbridge Wells

Jane Stuart-Palikira,
Managing Director, Ionian Weddings, from Twickenham


Above & Beyond, sponsored by Avis Budget Group

Awarded to a woman at any stage of her career that has truly gone above and beyond her role to help drive the organisation's success.

Swati Agarwal,
FP&A Manager, Celebrity Cruises, from Weybridge

Debrah Dhugga,
Managing Director, DUKES Collection - UK and UAE, from London

Beverley Kerr,
Director, Travel Designers, from London


Team Leader, sponsored by EasyJet

Awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success.

Nicola Lickfold,
Senior Director Revenue Management, Europe, Hilton, from Watford

Rebecca O'Connor,
Senior Partnerships Executive, Hostelling International, from Welwyn Garden City

Roisin O'Sullivan,
Chief Operating Officer, Walks, from Dublin

Vikki Street,
Head of Business Development, The Kings Ferry, from Gillingham


*New for 2018* Leader of Change, sponsored by Hilton  

Awarded to a woman who is making a significant contribution towards the strategic direction of the business through best practices, employee engagement, improved productivity and innovation.

Ariane Gorin,
President, Expedia Partner Solutions, from London

Julia Lo Bue-Said,
Chief Operating Officer, Advantage Travel Partnership, from London

Clare Tobin,
CEO, Olympic Holidays, from London


*New for 2018* International Inspiration, sponsored by Gold Medal & Travel 2  

Awarded to a woman working outside the UK & Ireland that is a role model for women in her community.

Lola Akinmade Akertsrom,
Travel Writer, Photographer, Author, Geotraveler Media, from Stockholm

Renu Hanegreefs-Snehi,
Vice President, Corporate Communications, PR & Reputation Management, Radisson Hotel Group, from Brussels

Meenu Vadera,
Founder, Azad Foundation and Sakha Consulting Wings, from New Delhi


*New for 2018* Male Agent of Change, sponsored by Heathrow

Awarded to a man for his active commitment to advancing the progress of women working in travel.

Andrew Clarke,
Senior Director, Global Customer Operations, Egencia, from Manchester

Stuart Leven,
Vice President EMEA, & Managing Director, RCL Cruises, from Weybridge

Bill Tannahill,
CEO, INC. Travel Group, from Manchester


*New for 2018 * Executive Leader, Sponsored by radisson hotel group 

Awarded to a woman making a significant direct financial contribution to the commercial success of the business.

Joanna Greenfield,
General Manager FCM Travel UK and Ireland, Flight Centre, from New Malden

Suzanne Horner,
Chief Executive Officer, Gray Dawes Group, from Colchester

Kirsten Hughes,
Managing Director, Travel Counsellors, from Urmston

Julia Kemp,
Director of International Sales & Partnerships, Avis Budget Group, from Bracknell